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Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Nursing Facilities, Seniors, Single Parent Agencies, Veterans, Youth Development

Mission: The VFW National Home for Children helps military and veteran families find stability and positive change during times of crisis.

Target demographics: military families, veteran families, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members and their descendents

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: Families who need a fresh start can live in the safe and peaceful environment of the VFW National Home for Children campus community for up to four years and benefit from numerous community supports, including professional case management services, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, as well as recreational and community service opportunities. Recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations, the National Home's campus community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans and descendants of members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. The National Home's Military and Veteran Family Helpline [800-313-4200] is the first step on the path to help for military and veteran families. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families across the country. It can also serve as the first step to living at the National Home.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived at the National Home for 3 years now with my 3 children. I am in the single family program. I qualified because my grandfather was a WW11 veteran. The home has provided a safe haven for my children and myself. Before I came to the National Home I was hopeless. With the help of the support staff I got back on my feet. My children have a safe neighborhood to play at, and go on many trips. They also have access to a computer lab with tutoring available. I ask my youngest what his favorite thing is about living there and he replies; "There's lots of kids to play with, I and I feel safe" Because of the National Home for Children my children have a since of community and pride!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived at this wonderful place for 3 years starting in 2004. The help they gave to me and my daughter was life-changing.

2 Danielle83

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work they do for children is unmatched. Children have the opportunity to be just that: children. They are nurtured, loved, supported, and cared for! Absolutely wonderful home for our veterans and their children!

3 William74

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a resident at the home in the early 1950s after my mother died. My sister and I spent about 2 yrs there and then our Father brought us back home. It was a great place for children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the services of the National Home I don't know where my three children and myself would be today. They provide a home and safe environment for my family to live while I can get back on my feet. The services they provide for my family are overwhelming such as tutoring, life skills, trips, job skills,daycare, just to name a few. The National Home also teaches my children the value of our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for us. We are very grateful and blessed to live at the home.

2 Meghan18

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place has helped my family in ways I will never be able to repay. I have no idea where we would be without them. They treat you like family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a desperate situation as a single mother I had nothing and nowhere to turn with my child. I was welcomed in and treated so well by all the volunteers and staff. My daughter was my major concern and she was so loved and cared for at the nursery that without them I do not think we would be where we are today. I was able to take my time and search for a position to where I could support myself and my daughter. I went from worrying if I was going to have to live in my car with my 1 year old and what I could do to feed her, to making 6 figures a year. This place was a answer to my prayers and the service they do to families in need of comfort and help I can not put into words. VFW home for Children saved my and my daughter's life and provided a safe environment until I was able to provide a future. They gave us our lives back!

2 Sherry45

Client Served

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for children is an amazing organization that has provided assistance for my family. The help that we have received has far exceeded any expectations I could have imagined. From providing amazing childcare to our son, to assistant for groceries while we were struggling to get by financially. The staff at the National home work around the clock with the sincere motivation of giving back to veterans and their families. I speak for my whole family when I say that, to us, the National Home has become our home and the staff our extended family. We hope to one day give back to the organization that has selflessly supported and believed in our family. Beyond the staff, the veterans who tireless work to fund this organization so that they may help other veterans and their families... I have to say that I have been struck several times by the generosity and concern of these veterans. There is still "good" in this world and if you ever need to be reminded, visit the National Home.

2 Meagan6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living at the VFW National Homes for Children has been the best experience for my family. They give you that once in a lifetime chance to get back on your feet when you've come across hard times. The staff here is excellent and give you every tool you need to succeed. They gave my family a stable home, and a level of happiness we haven't had in a long time. The donors and staff here are the mist wonderful and giving people I have ever met. Personally I don't know what we would have done without them, and there is no way to even express how thankful we are.

2 Kerry Issovery R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former VFW National Home resident, I didn't truly realize the impact that was made in my life and how many opportunities were given to me at the National Home until much later in life. Now, as an adult in my forties, with two children of my own, I now realize the enormous impact the VFW National Home had made in my life. The VFW National Home had given me a second chance at a life that I would not have experienced otherwise. The National Home had instilled in me the moral values that would be the foundation for my life as a husband, parent, and societal member. These values had also set the tone for me joining the United States Marine Corps and serving my Country proudly, even though I had been provided with a scholarship by the National Home. The National Home had also provided me with many opportunities to experience the world that I would not have previously had. For instance, the National Home had organized cross-country bicycle trips for as many as ten members to embark on a journey that would build up our self-confidence, comraderie, and fitness level. Still to this day, I continue to cycle on a regular basis and had recently completed my first ever DALMAC bike tour of 400 miles over a four day period. I had also gone back to college to be the first of nine children to receive a Bachelor's Degree. I am now seeing these same values being instilled in my two children, passed on by my wife and I because we highly value our faith, family, respect, education, and service to country. The VFW National Home had planted these seeds early in life that now bare much fruit in my own life, the lives of my children, and theirs to come.

2 Amy Ann W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to all who support the VFW National Home for Children! My two children and I received a tremendous amount of support and guidance from all of the kind-hearted professional staff at the Home. God bless you all who serve others in the numerous ways possible! Those such as my Grandparents who have fallen asleep in Our Lord rest in His Eternal Memory.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved to the VFW National Home when I was 7 years old, from Ohio. My Grandfather was a WWII Veteran. My Sister, Brother and I came with our mother and were part of the single parent program for 3 years. Then one day my mother left us and we ended up in the residential program (the best thing that ever happened to me). Even though my mother couldn't get it together, the National Home didn't give up on the 3 of us.
I cannot say enough good things about the VFW National Home for Children. They gave me opportunities that I would have never been given. The staff there taught me how to be a good person, the importance of being a hard worker and doing my best no matter what. They taught me what it meant to be a family. They gave me a second chance. Not to say that everything was always peachy, but if it wasn't, it was usually due to my bad decisions at the time.
I graduated high school 10 years ago and left The National Home 9 years ago. I have been married to an amazing man for the last 7 years and last year gave birth to the light of our lives, a perfect baby boy. I know that without the guidance of the people in this organization, I would not be the person that I am today and am so thankful for all that they did for me!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I grew up 'knowing' the VFW National Home but I was over 50 when I became 'aware' of just how much help they were to the children...when I chose to entrust my niece & nephew to the Home's care. I had guardianship for two years prior and realized that just my love was not enough. To help them grow, I needed to find a place that would safeguard them, where family could still be a part of their lives, where they could develop their potential, where they didn't feel they had to chose sides and could live without extra pressure; yet still be supported, nutured & loved. The VFW National Home has & continues to be all those things rolled into one. I loved them enough & trusted the Home enough to let them go...and we became even more connected as a family as when they were with me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived at the VFW National Home for Children with my four siblings from 1969-1977. This children's home was an excellent resource for our family. Our mother had deserted and our father was a disabled veteran. The campus is beautiful and the houses are spacious and I made many, many childhood friends. Some I still correspond with today. It was an excellent start for us in troubled times and we are lucky to have had this good start to launch us into adulthood. We are all fine citizens with jobs, some college under our belts and fine examples of what the right upbringing can do for a child. Plus, our strong belief in America, the flag and veterans overall remains in our lives today.