HVAF Happenings
April 2019
"HVAF has really helped me accomplish my goals!"
In 1985, right after high school graduation, Pamela Coleman decided to enlist in the U.S. Army.

She wanted to follow in her father's footsteps, and be able to grow as a person.

Pamela served for six years as a military police officer. She said her time in the military helped her to know how to be independent and dependent: independent as she learned to do things on her own, but also learned it was important to be dependent on others at times.

Last January, Pamela came to HVAF. She said she had recently been laid off from her job, and she also wanted to be with other veterans.

"I had heard about the program and I was looking to better myself," she said.

Since coming to HVAF, Pamela said she has received help on work, social security disability, VA disability, and housing. She said thanks to many others in the community, she has received lots of help.

"When I started here, I didn't have too many goals or know where I was supposed to go," Pamela said. "HVAF has really helped me to accomplish my goals."

She also said she loves being at HVAF because of the special perks: free haircuts, spa days, a hospitality room where she can watch movies with other veterans, a computer lab where she can work on her resume, and the yummy cookouts.

She said the case managers at the HVAF apartment she lives at, Manchester, have taken great care of her. She gave special shout outs to her case manager, Amanda, and to Doneeka, Jasmine, and Tisha.

"They really take the time to set up our rooms... and they take care of us," Pamela said. "They do anything that can help us feel better about ourselves with the situations that are going on with us."

Pamela highly recommends HVAF to any veteran: whether they are homeless, about to lose their home, or just need someone to talk to.

"I want to thank everyone for the opportunities that they have given us. It makes us (me) feel better: as a woman, a veteran, a mother, a sister, a daughter," Pamela said. "Sometimes it's overwhelming, and when you know that you have a place where you don't have to worry about being kicked out, and you have a food pantry, clothes pantry, anything you need... HVAF has really given us the opportunity to be a person, as well as a vet."
Support HVAF at Carmel High School
Carmel High School sophomore Renuka Bajpai founded, an organization that aims to end the veteran PTSD suicide rate.

On May 11, she is hosting the International Food Festival event, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit HVAF!

They plan to have booths from veterans and armed services organizations, food from many restaurants and food trucks, as well as many games and fun events hosted by several Carmel High School clubs. The National Guard will also be there with Army trucks AND a helicopter!

Enjoy a day out with your family and support HVAF and our veterans! 
We are now on Amazon!
2nd Annual John McGuire Memorial Ride
We are now on Amazon!
We have created a profile on Amazon so you can see what our greatest needs are at the moment.

This is such an easy and convenient way to see what we need for our pantry, and purchase immediately. You can even have it shipped directly to our headquarters!

Easy AND it helps our veterans... what a win, win!
City Barbeque supported us on April 4th by giving us 25% of the proceeds
Board Member Diane Markle and her team at Fifth Third helping sort our food donations
Women in Networking hosted their annual Easter dinner for our veterans
Peanut butter
Denture Adhesive
Underwear (NEW, all sizes)
All white T-shirts (all sizes)