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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

137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

During a recent visit to the home I met a young couple with their very small child. We stopped to visit for a bit. The young man was just back from deployment in Afghanistan. He and his family were residents of the home during his treatment for PTSD at a local VA facility. The home gave them a place to live during his treatment time, otherwise they would not have had a place to live. They were grateful for all the help given by the folks at the National Home. He and his wife thanked us many times for all the help and and explained what a blessing it was to have the services of the National Home available to them.
Ed McCray, Commander, VFW District 1, Dept. of Ohio

4 Donna228

Donor

Rating: 5

They do great work and I love donating for their work

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Donor

Rating: 5

What they do for families and children in need is outstanding and honorable.

3 Jim_152

Donor

Rating: 5

VFW Home for children, supported by VFW's nation wide, offers veterans and their families a hand up. Providing a safe and stable invierment allowing the veteran's to achieve financial stability.

3 Tricia G.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been raising funds from our VFW Auxiliary Post 8203 for our national home. All funds go to a great cause. Helping veterans an families is there mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are proud to support such a wonderful place that allows Families and Children of Veterans to assist them in their time of need. It is amazing such a place exists so the children can continue to be educated, enjoy a fun place, to be with others that share their experiences, and so much more. Thank you to the people that continue to make this a great place. Military Order of Cooties; Pup Tent White Mule #2

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to support this fantastic organization and the wonderful work they do.

3 Dana28

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to the Home for years and visited 6-7 times (14hours on a bus each way--tells you how much I love the place). The kids are smart, friendly, and true ambassadors of the organization. The parents are given a chance to learn and grow and become the parents they want to be in a safe, inspiring environment. On one visit I met a mother and her three kids the week they arrived, early in December. The kids clung to their mother, were fearful of others, and timid when accepting our Christmas gifts. The next year I saw them again, Mom looked 10 years younger and glowed with confidence. The children were smiling, offered hugs, and went off, without Mom, to help the staff with some younger kids. All were talkative and grateful for the opportunities they had been given. Mom was going to school to get a better job, and the kids were excelling in school. THIS is why I give my money and my time --- to give others a hand up so they can help themselves to a better life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to the Home over the years, and have visited several times with our Military Order of Cooties/Auxiliary organization. It is a wonderful place that not only cares for the children and the families, but teaches them life skills to grow as people and improve their situations. They give the parents and children a safe and nurturing place to live, while they better themselves through education and job training. It is a hand up - not a hand out.

At one time, I referred someone to the home. While they did not end up moving to Michigan, the staff worked diligently to find them the resources that could help them here in Minnesota.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 36 years and the National Home has been there for the children of or Veterans as long as I can remember. The children have all the comforts of a real home. I feel that the National Home is a wonderful place to grow up.

3 Martine A.

Donor

Rating: 5

The V.F.W. National Home for Children has been serving Veterans and their families for many years. The care and concern shown to those who have lived and are living on the campus is outstanding. The facilities are kept up to high standards and the home is supported greatly by the various Departments (States) and past and current National officers. This is the best facility for veteran famiiles!!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My friend went to live at the VFW National Home for Children along with her young daughter to get out of an abusive relationship. It was a tremendous help in getting her life back on track. She was given time to learn skills that helped her get a job. She is now on her own, owns a home and has remarried. All thanks to the National Home.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS BOARD MEMBER. HAVE MADE MANY TRIPS TO NATIONAL HOME
AND HAVE SEEN THE GOOD WORK DONE AND THE HAPPY CHILDREN. ALSO WITNESSED THE
GOOD WORK DONE WITH THE SINGLE PARENTS WITH TEACHING THEM TO BUDGET AND PROVIDE
FOR THEIR CHILDREN. STAFF IS GREAT AND CARING.

1 Millie H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to visit the campus. Met lots of caring staff. Wonderful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

All the funds they receive are well spent. Low administrative cost while helping the families of many veterans

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a Combat Wounded Vietnam Veteran and Life Member of VFW Post 10212 I truly support the VFW National Home for Children. They do a tremendous job in taking care of our widows and orphans. They have my utmost respect and admiration.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the VFW National Home last summer. What a warm, welcoming experience. The Washington Cottage was beautiful as was the entire campus. The family who lives in the cottage was very gracious to allow us to visit their home. The staff is very friendly and thorough. They are excellent at Customer Service in person, over the phone or over the Internet. The basis for the National Home is very simple, provide a friendly place for veterans or active duty family members, help them and the children get the education they need to be productive members of society and teach patriotism all at the same time. We met children of all ages and they were healthy and happy. The program really works, the kids learn responsibility and have a safe place to grow up. The museum is very interesting, it was good to see how many generations of kids are still in touch with each other and the National Home. What a great legacy of service to our veterans and their families. Their arms are always open in welcome. You should visit, it will give you a greater understanding of their mission.

1 Marcie4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud of the V.F.W. National Home for Children and the great work they do. I have visited there many times because it is in my home state of Michigan. I have always known about National Home but I'm amazed at how many members have never been there. The staff is great and they would love to see you.

Marcie Brown
Charlotte, Michigan
Post2406

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Donor

Rating: 5

Their mission is one that will help all throughout time"

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a life member of VFW National Home for Children because of the fantastic work they do helping families of our veterans stay together through difficult times. What more honorable way to tell our veterans & most importantly their children that they are respected & loved!

1 John M J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Veterans of ForeignWars {VFW}. Military Order of Cooties{MOC}, and a Life Member of VFW National Home for Children. The help the Home provides to children of our veterans is amazing . Both at Eaton Rapids,MI & through Website and 800 numbers nationally..