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Wounded Warrior Homes Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Search Assistance

Mission: Provide transitional housing and services for veterans who served

Target demographics: single post-9/11 combat veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,200 veterans

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: transitional housing, facilitating continued access to hands-on resources, and a defined path for each member to transition from active-duty military service to independent living as a veteran of foreign wars.

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity helps combat wounded veterans suffering from PTS and TBI injuries as a result of military service recover and transition back into civilian life. Often, these veterans lack the financial resources or are waiting for military disability benefits. The staff sincerely cares about those who have served our country and have suffered debilitating injuries as a result. As a veteran and volunteer at this organization, I know the staff is very knowledgeable, caring, and very efficient in the way it allocates its funding. Donations can be used to fund general functions or donors can request that their donations are used in specific ways whether housing programs or otherwise. This is a first rate organization and I am proud to associated with it!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my senior year in college, I was required to find a location to do an internship for. At that point I had yet to decide on the population I wanted to serve once I completed my education and knew I needed to start making this decision soon. I contacted Wounded Warrior Homes in Vista and met with them shortly thereafter. After only 30 minutes, the dedication of the staff (Mia and Gene), as well as the truly unique approach to transitional housing for our country's valuable veterans was inspiring. They let me complete my internship with them and I have continued volunteering long after my required obligation was complete. I truly believe this program design is the most effective way to support these veterans. Anyone who spends just a few minutes talking with the staff and other volunteers will see the dedication and compassion they have for unfortunately growing population. My time with Wounded Warrior Homes has helped give me direction and a population to serve in my professional life moving forward.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The heart of the people involved in this organization is what makes it so wonderful. They truly care for each and every wounded warrior assisted by their efforts and their heart aches for every veteran that has to be turned away. The goal is grow in capacity and efficiency so that every veteran that needs assistance can receive it. Proud to be a member of such a worthy and necessary organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Veteran homelessness is a serious problem every American has an obligation to not only understand, but to take action against. These men and women defend the very freedom all Americans take for granted. Wounded Warrior Homes has taken up the mantel for these men and women. Those who have served and left their service time with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress need all the support they can get while they wait for their benefits to kick in. Good bless Wounded Warrior Homes and everything they do!!! And God Bless America!!!

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for where I am and what Wounded Warrior Homes has done for me. I was a veteran of 18 years who had two combat tours and numerous Humanitarian deployments as a Navy Corpsman. Unfortunately, after an injury and years of taking opiates, coupled with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms ultimately led to my early departure from what I loved to do, which was saving lives. With a quick departure from the military I was left jobless, homeless and without a car. I was constantly moving around living on friends’ couches. After having a series of blackouts, no one was willing to take a risk with me and ended up in the hospital with nowhere to go. I was fortunate enough that I was able to get temporary shelter at a local crisis house for two weeks. While there, I was able to work with my case manager who referred me to Wounded Warrior Homes. With everything seemingly to be falling apart around me and the situation didn't leave me with any options or reasons to “carry on”, it was a positive in a seemingly negative world. Since living here a lot of the stress has been taken out of my life and that allows me to gather my thoughts and priorities and focus on myself and what needs to be done without the stressors of everyday life. I honestly can’t say where I would be if it weren't for Wounded Warrior Homes, but I don’t know that I am in a better place now and grateful for everything they've done and are doing for me.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve with the wonderful people in this organization. Everyone is so dedicated to providing housing for and giving support to the veterans that may not otherwise have anywhere or anyone else to turn to during their challenging transition out of the military. The care given and the planning to make it all happen is so thoughtful and comprehensive. I have witnessed the impact that Wounded Warrior Home, Inc. has had on the lives of many men and it is truly amazing.

1 Mary237

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer service learning experience for college and chose the Wounded Warrior Homes because of their interest in assisting post 9/11 veterans that had been injured while serving on active duty. I found their purpose and passion genuine, and immediately embraced their vision of assisting the community with the needs of providing transitional housing and support to the recently discharged veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Wounded Warrior Homes for over two years. From the first event I volunteered for I felt the passion and all encompassing heart and soul being dedicated by the Founders. I have seen Wounded Warrior Homes thrive and grow through the pure dedication and hard work of the founders and a small group of volunteers. Just in the past year I could personally see their first home for transitioning wounded warrior veterans come to fruition and can see and regularly be involved with its' successes.
One of the things that makes me stay involved with Wounded Warrior Homes is that it is a local non-profit where I can literally "see" that it is working and that donations are used properly in helping these wounded veterans heal.

1 Steve92

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am Co Founder of Wounded Warrior Homes. The personal eye opener for Me was having 2 service members end up in our house after serving in Iraq post 911. Both somehow ended up on the same area on the living room floor. When asked why they told me they felt safe there and then proceeded to tell Me in great detail everything they had done while fighting for our freedom. I asked the first one to stop as I have never served and had a hard time taking in the story I just told. At that moment I really understood the sacrifices that our service members and there families make. The challenges that I saw over the next couple of years was tough to watch. The next thing I know is Wounded Warrior Homes is born. We currently have a full house and are looking to open another house. Getting our warriors before they end up living on the streets is our goal. Steve Roseberry

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retired social worker, new to the San Diego area, who was looking to do some volunteer work. I heard about Wounded Warrior Homes from my cousin, a retired U.S Marine who had taken a business class with the Executive Director, Mia Roseberry. I was really excited when I met with Mia because I had the type of work experience that I felt would be beneficial to their program. I had prior experience as a Regional Administrator and Program Director of several transitional residential programs. I have been working with Wounded Warrior Homes for over two years and seen it grow from a start-up to a fully functional program serving the needs of veterans. None of this would have been possible were it not for the tireless work of Steve and Mia Roseberry and their volunteers. The generosity and support of businesses and community members has been outstanding and allowed us to open the first home Sept. 14, 2012. Our challenge now is to increase our capacity as we have had to turn away other needy veterans.

Review from Guidestar

1 Travis6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Homes has been there for m, help me out with hard times. When my services was done for the country. My life was missing people in my life that care. I suffer from having post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Its been tough getting my life together. I would like to say thank you to the Wounded Warrior Homes staff for all the assistants.

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1 April35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I choose to volunteer for Wounded Warrior Homes initially for college credit. I am truly honored to work with such a great group of people. Everyone here has a big heart and desire to help those who have been injured with traumatic brain injury or PTSD. I am very happy to be a part of this worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the board recently and was impressed with the passion everyone has for helping veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD. Talking to the veterans who are or have been part of the program and hearing how much it helped them when they really needed it brought tears to my eyes.

2 Atousa M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for about 2.5 years now. There's no better cause to serve than helping anyone who has ever served in any branch of the military in any capacity. I love being on this board as we are all dedicated to and deeply rooted in this cause. Each one of us is connected to the military in one way or another. I have been in San Diego since a very young age and anyone who's lived her that long will tell you that it's nearly impossible to not feel proud of our military and protective of them at the same time.

Mia & Steve are two individuals who would literally give you the shirt off their back and I believe all the board members follow suit, making this a very cohesive group. I'm proud to me a member and hope to help as many as we can.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been on the Advisory Board since 2012 and couldn't be happier to be part of such a worthy cause. Mia and Steve Roseberry go above and beyond the call of duty to help soldiers with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD. I have seen first hand the difference Wounded Warrior Homes has made in service members' lives and it is truly remarkable. A fantastic organization.

Review from Guidestar

1 Windus B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board for Wounded Warrior homes virtually since we were approved as a 501 c 3. The passion that Mia & Steve Roseberry bring is the kind that inspires you to want to do more. It is a small organization and the funds are 100% to benefit the cause. This is nice as sometimes larger organizations have pulled away from their cause. I believe we are working to help give service members that are struggling from their injuries and leaving the military some place to go to get them on their feet. This is a serious need and one that isn't being addressed enough.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have a son who is in the military and many family members who have served our country so WWH has a major sweet spot for me. I get a lump in my throat when I think of the service members of our military who voluntarily dedicate their life, and potentially put themselves in danger, to protect our freedoms. To come back from serving with PTSD or BTI is an extremely difficult thing, something most of us cannot truly understand. So, to be on the board and to volunteer for WWH is an honor.

WWH is run by two of the most genuine and giving people I have ever come across - Mia and Stevce Roseberry. Their dedication and care is unlike anything I have ever seen and they make daily sacrifices for WWH. On a business level, they run WWH with the highest level of integrity and attention to every penny. This is NOT an organization with big budgets and big salaries. It is an organization that has one clear objective - to give as much to the service members as possible so they can have a better transition into civiian life. I am so proud to be on the board of WWH, and serving with others who donate their time and money to help out this wonderful organization.

1 mia_2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can actually say that THIS ORGANIZATION is run by GENUINE PEOPLE! Mia and Steve are two very hard working people and are devoted to their cause. They show the best in what people can be and do for others. The office staff (1) and volunteers' contribution exemplify how the unity of purpose works for the betterment of the human spirit.
I praise all who make this work, for it is a LOT of work.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wounded Warrior Homes steps in to help our vets in the critical transition from military service to the civilian world. This can be a difficult process made even more difficult if traumatic brain injury or other factors are in play. WWH is a great, young charity that has already made a huge difference in the lives of the vets it has served.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am an emergency physician who has been fortunate enough to work within the military medicine system for the past 7 years. On a daily basis I encounter wounded warriors who are frightened and confused on where the next steps of their journey may take them. Where can they go? They want to stay close to their military buddies who understand where they have been. They want to figure out how to be productive, useful, and use their skills and become further educated. They want to be close to the medical care that they may continue to need. They need to relearn the basic art of living outside the chain of command. Wounded Warrior Homes, Inc fills this need. Being located in southern California, we are fortunate enough to have many community and state colleges within a few miles of "our home", we have financial advisors who help set savings goals and allow these men to get back on their feet, and we are very close to numerous Veteran's Hospitals and clinics and Naval Medical Centers providing mental health and physical healthcare access.
Our overhead costs have been kept exceptionally low, our board is very active in our volunteer pool, and we can show the community that our monies are spent in a thoughtful and purposeful way. Our graduates of the program attest that sometimes just having a safe place to fall and time to adjust is just what they need. Not a hand out, just a helpful hand up.