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Veterans First

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Veterans First is the only social service agency exclusively dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans, who, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development Statistics, comprise 38% of the Homeless Population. Veterans First has a sheltered workshop that exclusively employs both homeless and disabled veterans. We also provide clothing, food boxes and serve nourishing hot meals daily, year round. The homeless men and women we support suffer from physical, mental, emotional and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is sometimes manifested through drug or alcohol addiction. We offer a comprehensive program based on a traditional work ethic that is dedicated to end homelessness for those who have decided to change their lives. Veteran by veteran we are removing the homeless from the streets, eliminating their hunger and providing transitional housing in a home environment. Veterans First also provides the veterans with both employment and job training. Our five-year goal is to reduce to less than ten percent, the number of homeless veterans in Orange County, California.

Programs: To provide food, clothing, transportation, training and housing or housing reimbursements to disabled veterans.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The impact Veterans First is having is evident by the progress the Veterans(clients) are making, from being homeless to stability where they have the ability to better themselves with education or job placement. The Veterans have the comfort knowing they have a roof over their head and three meals a day, give peace of mind and the focus to pursue the American dream. Veterans First also provides pass out food bags every Tuesday and Friday to Vets and their families while providing a lunch meal at the service center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have been to Veterans First offices and one of their houses for Veterans, They are both very nice and offer a lot of services to the Veteran;s that they serve.
And you wont find another more caring individual than Deanne Tate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Veterans First is a true grass roots organization operating on a shoe string in Orange County. This organization steps up and helps at need/at risk veterans throughout the county. Services provided include homeless shelters, employment advise and training, meals. Veterans First also lead the way in establishing the first ever Orange County Veterans Standdowm.