Spring 2021
A Spotlight on Veteran Enriched Neighborhoods®
Our Palmdale neighborhood has paved streets, street signs, and we have 10 more houses framed and roofed. It is nearly ready to house its first full phase of families!
Veteran Enriched
Phase 1
Key Ceremony
JUNE 19, 2021
10AM - 12PM
Please join us virtually as the first 16 Veteran families receive keys to their homes, and for the inaugural flag-raising ceremony.
Please meet two of our new Veteran families that will be joining our Palmdale neighborhood: the Johnson and Tymony families are working on completing sweat equity hours and getting to know their soon-to-be neighbors on our zoom group sessions.

We continue to have outstanding virtual workshops and drumming sessions with the children. In April, we delivered Easter lilies to celebrate spring.
Warren Tymony
The Johnson Family
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program

The trauma-informed programs in our Veteran Enriched Neighborhood® program are designed to fit the needs of our many Veterans and military families who process trauma in different ways. Some use art and group conversation, others might benefit from assistance and companionship from a trained service animal, and sometimes people need a more meditative setting such as gardening or bonsai trees. Our program is designed to help families discover what works best for them.

During this time of virtual meetings, some of our Veterans had a harder time finding connections in group settings, so we designed our new Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. This program connects two Veterans in the community in a workshop that gives them the opportunity to dive deeper into their Autobiographical storytelling. They meet in two-hour sessions every week and discuss the "branching points of their lives;" how they feel about money, family, death, and much more. This setting allows for a close-knit relationship between two Veterans and allows them to connect on a deeper level without the challenges of having to speak up in a crowd in a virtual setting. This new program has been a great success with our first two homeowners, Daryl and Robert, who happen to be next-door neighbors. They discovered they both have a love of trains and are excited to be living next to each other and moving in very soon.
Trauma-Informed Art Program
In our trauma-informed art program, we have the Veterans focus on process not product.

As the Veterans discover more about themselves with the help of their fellow Veterans they also begin to build friendships with their future neighbors.
Once they are fully moved in, not only will they have a brand new home but a built-in community of friends.

One of the workshops conducted is called “Stepping Stones,” in which the objective is to give the Veteran a chance to identify something from their past to leave behind and identify what they want to go toward as they grow.
This Veteran made his Stepping stone with a background of a waterfall. His stepping stones start from the bottom and finish on top. The stepping stones move against the water current which represents the obstacles in his life.
In the workshop called Monster In Me, the objective is to provide Veterans with the opportunity to reflect on their personal experiences, whether in combat or civilian life. To explore difficult emotions in a safe way and give voice to the feelings that may be hidden inside by creating artwork that represents the “monsters” within them.

This Veteran's piece represents the duality of her emotions, the good, the frustration, and notably her daily emotions. While she has to maintain a good facade, in reality, she is living in a dark, cloudy place.
Over the Edge
October 30, 2021
This Halloween-
Get your Thrills and Go Over the Edge for Veterans!

An unforgettable experience for the most daring donors to Homes 4 Families!

You don’t have to do it alone- Fundraise your way Over the Edge!

And just think: You, your company, and your friends will have the chance of a lifetime to be part of something truly courageous!
Costumes are highly encouraged!
WE Build Weekend 2021
Another successful Women's Empowerment Build is in the books!

Our amazing volunteers did over $28,000 worth of work on our Palmdale Site and we raised $48,000 from our incredible sponsors.

THANK YOU to all our WE Builders, with your energy and support, we'll get our deserving Veterans into their homes.
Senior Site Superintendent - Eric Dingle
We are pleased to introduce you to our new Site Superintendent, Eric! He joins us from Chicago, bringing almost 30 years of construction experience to our organization. With an emphasis on project management and safety, we are happy to have Eric on the job site.

He is thrilled to be here in sunny Southern California and enjoys spending his free time with his eight-year-old twins. Be sure to say hi when you see him if you visit for a Teambuild or another one of our upcoming events!
An Easy Way To Give
Please consider adding Homes 4 Families as your Amazon Smile designation.

It costs absolutely nothing and we appreciate you taking the time to give in both big and small ways to our organization.
Funder Spotlight
This quarter, we are highlighting our new partnership with Union Bank. They have provided funding to support our Palmdale project, and the services we provide to Veterans and military family members. Union Bank Home Loans is a leading mortgage lender in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona with production at a $10 billion annual pace. They are especially focused on servicing Veterans as a leading company offering VA home loans.
Thank you Union Bank, and we hope to have your employees volunteer on our site soon!

About Union Bank
Union Bank is a full-service bank with a rich history of investing in our clients, communities, and colleagues throughout the West Coast for more than 150 years. Union Bank provides a wide range of personal and business banking products as well as wealth management services. With 300 branches in California, Oregon, and Washington, Union Bank remains committed to serving the needs of its local communities. As a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the world’s largest financial institutions, Union Bank holds our clients’ best interests to heart and remains committed to investing in their success.
Our most heartfelt appreciation to our sponsors, who make it possible for us to continue serving our Veterans.
Wells Fargo
Skylight Foundation
Northrop Grumman
Lockheed Martin
Union Bank
Hollywood Canteen Foundation
Harold Edelstein Foundation
Homebuyer Applications
We are currently accepting applications for Veterans to join our Palmdale neighborhood. If you or a Veteran you know may qualify, please visit our website:
Hard Hats For Heroes
Our simple, recurring monthly giving program allows you to donate a small amount that adds up meaningfully! 

After just one year:
$10 a month will buy a family a window

$25 a month will buy a front door

$50 a month will buy cabinets for a Veteran's kitchen