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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Operation Homefront (OH) mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect.

Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:

  • Relief
    • Critical Financial Assistance
    • Rent/mortgage assistance
    • Utilities
    • Food assistance
    • Major home repair
    • Car repair
    • Rent-free transitional housing
    • And more...
  • Resilience
    • Mortgage-free homes
    • Hearts of Valor caregiver program
    Recurring Family Support
    • Free backpacks and school supplies
    • Holiday Meals for Military
    • Homefront Celebrations for military spouses
    • Star-Spangled Baby Showers

Results: Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $20 million in Critical Financial Assistance, fulfilling over 35,000 requests from more than 14,000 military families across the U.S. We have housed nearly 500 families in transitional housing, providing 4,300 months of rent-free housing, saving them $4.7 million in rent and utilities. We have placed nearly 600 families in mortgage-free homes and provided over $48 million in deeded value to military families. We have helped more than 3,200 caregivers through 60 support groups across the country. We have distributed 250,000 backpacks, 70,000 holiday meals, served nearly 8,000 military spouses at Homefront Celebrations and support nearly 16,000 new and expectant military parents.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, we have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 10 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most.

Programs: Operation homefront assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery as they struggle with unforeseen budget challenges. The most common types of need are for rent/mortgage assistance, home repair, food and utilities. Transitional housing and permanent mortgage-free home programs help military families reduce debt and achieve greater stability for the future. Family support activities address the inherent challenges of military life through programs designed to sustain, uplift and transform.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

I've been tying to contribute to this non-profit for bookbags for military families this week. Their website does not process. Tried calling. No one was at their desk to take an over the phone contribution. A receptionist then informed me that I did not know how to use my computer. Great. Two Master degrees with distinction and BA summa cum laude. My husband worked in IT for 30 years. So, there went the contribution.

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op_homefront 08/18/2013

Thank you so much for your desire to give back to military families through Operation Homefront. We apologize that there were issues processing your gift online. We want to be sure this matter is resolved. If you would be willing, could you please share what you did, any screen shots or error messages you received along the way? We want to try to figure out what happened. You can email that information to socialnet@operationhomefront.net. Again we sincerely apologize for any frustration this has caused you.

Donor

Rating: 5

Upon comparing several charities supporting our honored military, I chose Operation Homefront due to their efficient expense management, comparatively reasonable executive compensation, superior donor privacy policy, and overall work on behalf of our military women, men, and families! I'm proud to have found this organization to support. Keep up the good work!

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op_homefront 12/26/2012

Thank you for your thoughtful decision to support military families through Operation Homefront! We really appreciate it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Homefront has been very good to me. I have received assistance from at the chapter level when living in an area where there is a chapter and have received support from the national staff as well. They have provided great service and been a huge help to my family. Of all of the military organizations out there, I would seek out Operation Homefront before any others during my times of need. I am so happy to see them have such great success over the last few years. My husband just retired so while they might not be helping me, I am glad they will be here for many other families for many years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to Operation Homefront, I can say Operation Homefront is an amazing organization. I did my due diligence and reviewed their financials, 4 star Charity Navigator rating, AIP "A" rating, their board membership and their strategic plan. I have found that their staff is knowledgable and proficient and their board engaged and supportive of the staff and the work of the organization. I give monthly to the organization and will continue to do so. They have been great to work with and really appreicate me as a donor.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a financial and service donor to OH for 4-years now and have seen real results as the DC metro chapter has served the significant needs of our deployed troops' families and the large number of families healing from the significant wounds of war at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military medical centers in the chapter's three-state footprint. I have the utmost confidence in their ability to manage the organization to get the biggest bang for my donated buck and I have personally witnessed their staff going above and beyond the highest reasonable expectation to meet the needs of these families. You can't go wrong supporting this fine group of selfless servants.

Review from CharityNavigator