A homeless veteran living in the coldDecember 19, 2016
From day shelter to stable housingDecember 19, 2016
|Don at the Paul House|
Don R., 54, is a homeless veteran living at HVAF’s Paul House. He served in the Indiana National Guard. While Don served for 6 years he did not have 180 active days on record and therefore did not qualify for VA health benefits. Current and former members of the various Reserve Components and the National Guard must generally serve at least 180 days on active duty to be eligible for medical care and other benefits from the Veterans Administration. Don was on the brink of homelessness. In April 2016, he came to HVAF for help with housing after losing his warehouse job. At HVAF, he receives housing, programs and services. He works with Case Manager Brian Andree who helps him create goals and overcome barriers. He received an additional benefit. With the help of HVAF, Indiana University School of Dentistry has provided him with extensive dental care. “It is an excellent program,” Don said. “I have my self-esteem back.” With a new outlook, he also was ready to get back to work. Don used the computers at the Paul House to find a job. In October, he began employment at Goodwill Industries.