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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

Robert141

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is essential in helping the families and children of our nations war heroes. Many of them need assistance when a spouse is deployed and they cannot afford to keep a home stateside. The National Home then allows the family to live at the Home until the spouse returns and then even has the spouse stay at the Home until the family unit can fully function and then assists them in finding a home of their own. Many children of our nations war heroes have been permitted to get a great education and superior experiences at the Home and have then gone on to college and become outstanding citizens.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), and a Life Member of the National Home, as is my wife. We have been donating to the National Home since 2003 and consider it to be the pearl of the VFW and MOC. In December 2008 my wife and I were able to go to the National Home when I was the Grand Commander of the MOC in Nevada. We were able to meet with and talk to the staff, parents and children and found that every single one of them were praising the National Home and what was being accomplished there! They were very appreciative of the support they and the Home receives from members of the VFW and MOC and their Auxiliaries. We are proud to be considered a part of that support.

The recent program that was opened at the National Home to assist the spouse and family of deployed troops is absolutely outstanding!! The program helps them while the deployed spouse is gone and provides family needs. When the spouse comes home the National Home reintroduces the deployed member to the family unit and helps the family plan for the future and with getting housing and back into the normal flow of family life.

We pray the National Home continues far into the future because it is truly essential to this day and age!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Been involved as a donor for many years. Was involved as a volunteer and helped build a duplex when a member of the UAW Veterans committee. Volunteered to help when the moving wall was displayed a few years ago. Retired in 2007, moved to Florida and as a Life member and officer of my VFW post make a challenge to our post every year. Challenge is, I will personally match dollar for dollar any contribution our post makes to the home for the year. I am a Life Member of the The VFW National Home for Children, and have visited the home several times and can see so many amazing things that are always in progress there. The home helps to fill the void for our veterans families are faced with and you should make the time to visit the home in Eaton Rapids to see for yourself what great things are accomplished with our donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the VFW Auxiliary and when one of our members passed away leaving a child with no one left to care for him the VFW National Home stepped right up to take charge of him. This child received an education and a 'family' immediately when he would otherwise have been placed in an adoption home for who knows how long. It provided him with instant stability and he blossomed into a wonderful young man thanks to the wonderful staff at this facility.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I wish I lived close to Eaton Rapids so I could volunteer, but thats not the case so I do what I can thru monthly donations. Having been a life member of the VFW for many years and listening to the mention of the national home in our closing prayer it just seems natural to help financially. As a Christian nation we are called upon to help one another and I can't think of anyone more deserving than our military families. They have given so much and yet our country expects more and more of them with fewer members. My meager donations have been recognized on a frequent basis and the National Home does a wonderful job staying in touch it its supporters. If you can't help financially, take a few minutes and lift the residents and staff up in prayer. Thanks

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, MI for the last 12 years or so through my membership as an officer in my local VFW Post. The home has always been proactive in doing all within their power to care for the dependents of active duty folks needing help with some of the life challenges that being in the military brings. They have a state of the art school located on a beautiful campus. They have recently been fundraising to raise money for the upgrade of their technology department with computers, printers and such. I donate to the Home on a regular basis and my father who recently passed provided funds for them - a wonderful cause.

1 Allan5

Donor

Rating: 5

I grew up in 10 foster homes and two Institutions" The VFW National Home is superior to all of them. I donoate and participate in the Annual Cootie Christmas Party.

2 Dianne17

Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children is a non-profit unlike any other! Their mission is to help not only children but families to survive in a beautiful setting where kids grow up and thrive. Each time I visit the Home, I still get chills watching the children and seeing how well the whole place runs. Words cannot express they good they do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization making a real difference in the lives of families affected by war. You can feel the calm as soon as you arrive on the campus. The families who live at the National Home work hard to get their lives headed in the right direction, and the staff is there to help and encourage them every step of the way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This wonderful Home has taken care of our Military Children for many, many years from donations only.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Words can not express how terrific the VFW National Home for Children is. This is a place where families who have experienced difficulties in their family. These can range from injuries, unexpected deaths, financial problems, familial problems and many other issues. Residing on campus for up to three years the families are expected to have gainful employment, receive consuling and training in money management, eduction, savings, communication, etc. The children are offered one on one tutoring, a computer lab, science center, nursary services for three different age groups at no cost to the family. Testimonials from former residents indicate that at the end of the three years on campus, their lives have been completely changes. Most have acquired enough savings to have a down payment to purchase their own home, have repaired credit issues, and have earned a college degree. There is much more to the VFW National Home for children, but the best evidence of how how long the staff members have served on campus. Many for over 25 years. It actually takes a personal visit to the VFW National Home for Children to understand how great it is.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a grandmother and have had a grandson In Iraq two different times during this conflict. It was one of the most inspiring visits that I have had to be able to visit Eaton Rapids, Michigan and see for myself what great work is being done at the VFW National Home for Children. The openness of their acceptance of any military person and their families to help them get reestablished after being away from home and then cannot get a job or back on their feet is beyond anything I have seen in other groups. The respectful way those living there are treated and the great staff's ability to make then feel at home is something you need to see. Great job!! My vote is for this home to be given 5 stars for their achievement in helping those in need that have served in our military.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was able to travel to Michigan and tour the homes and meet some of those veterans and children They have done more good with the funds that they have received for their campus than any other organization that I am involved with. This is just like home. The housing is marvelous and the staffing is 100% effective in helping the veterans and their families. They utilize every penny that is contributed in each aspect of the campus. There is always more to be done and I would recommend this charity as a #1 on any contributors list of excellent charities to support.

2 cootie183

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a past Commander of the VFW and Past Grand Commander of the MOC State of Michigan. Everything the VFW National Home does with their children is commendable. The VFW National Home has been serving children and families in need since 1922 and I do everything I can you help them in raising money.

General Motors and the UAW have also helped. If you have any questions, log on to their website and see for your self. You can't go wrong donating to this charity.

PGC Bob Routhier Jr.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children. I’m a Past VFW Commander of Clio, MI and now Sr. Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Cootie, Grand of Michigan. I have helped in anyway I can for all the Children of the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, MI over the years. I was working a few years back at the General Motors Proving Ground when GM made a rather large donation to the Home from their cars sales. I appreciate them for that and wrote them to let them know. I help with a Christmas Party every year for the 70 to 80 Children there and will look forward to that for years to come. It’s important what The VFW National Home for Children is about and the whole world should know about it. We at the MOC Grand of Michigan raise funds for them nationally every year. Hope everyone will contribute. Thanks, Bob R.

2 Bob_80

Donor

Rating: 5

I am Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the state of Illinois. It has been my pleasure to interact with the VFW National Home for Children on several ocassions. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Home with several dozen other VFW members from my state. Whatever I had known about the great work the Home does for children and families, it was reinforced on this visit. The residents are mostly families, single-parent, who collectively have about 120 children in residence, who are getting an opportunity to improve their lives through the help of the Home. The residents are set on a path of self-sustainability, through regular monitoring and evaluation, goal - setting, and activities tailored to their goals. The child care / nursery school was very impressive, with dedicated personnel. I have re-dedicated myself to do more with and for the jewel which is the VFW National Home for Children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home does a Great Job taking care of Children and Military Families ! It gives
us Veterans a way to Help Todays Military Family !!

2 Kim_162

Donor

Rating: 5

Having supported the VFW National Home for Children for years, I was honored to be present when the Arizona House was dedicated in 2002. Not only do our Arizona VFW Auxiliaries continue to support the National Home we also specifically donate to keep the Arizona House is top shape. The entire campus is well run and maintained to the highest level of our expectations and continues to meet the those expectations. Donations are used for their intended purpose and right now we are helping to bring the entire campus up to date with new computers. I have nothing but appreciation and admiration for the staff and volunteers at the National Home for everything that they do for veterans and their families to help them thrive. Children make great strides when they are in a place where they feel love and safe. That's what it's all about!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home for Children serves as a living memorial to America’s veterans by helping our nation’s veteran and military families during difficult times.

The VFW National Home for Children was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war -- mothers and children, brothers and sisters -- could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn't come home.

Today's families face different challenges -- reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from battlefield injuries, among others -- and the National Home has evolved over our decades-long history to meet those changing needs.

Whether they help a family find strength and support close to home through their Helpline, or the families become part of their campus community, military and veteran families can count on the VFW National Home for Children to help them build better lives together.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our VFW & LAVFW in Blanchard, OK supported in 2012-2013 with several donations and some of our members became life members. I will be a life member soon!! We hope the new phone system has been installed and we purchased bricks to help them and to honor the namesake of our Post, Tony K Burris, Medal of Honor. Going there for a visit is on my bucket list.

1 Theresa31

Donor

Rating: 5

Our auxiliary buys a life membership for one of our members each year. It's a small way to help this great cause.
We also save soup labels to help them.

1 Vivian S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a life member of the VFW National Home for Children since 2002 when I joined the Ladies Auxiliary to Georgetown Memorial Post #6444 Veterans of Foreign Wars. I have conducted yearly Fundraisers for the National Home with the assistance of other Ladies Auxiliary Members. I feel very committed to helping children of Veterans and this is a great organization. I visited the Campus and was pleasantly surprise of the opportunities available for our Military children. I talk about the Children's Home at our regular monthly meetings and advise them to become Life Members, bring in their UPC labels from Campbells, Swanson, etc. The story behind the National is beautiful and I give the story every year at our training session. You are my special organization. Thank you for being there. Hugs to you..Vivian Segelken, Georgetown, SC

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 2001 and am a Life Member of the home. I continue to support it with monetary donations. This past year as the VFW Department of Maryland State Commander, I selected the home as one of my Special Projects. We raised in excess of twenty two thousand dollars for the home, but more importantly, we also added 112 new Life Members from the department. This is significant in that anyone, even a non Veteran, can become a Life Member of the National Home by making a one time donation of thirty fiver dollars. I have also visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates under the leadership of Patrice Green and the other employee's. It is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside in the many houses that our VFW Departments have adopted and fund. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our National Home, our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

Past State Commander, Carl F. Vogt
VFW Department of Maryland
20112 -2013