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March 13, 2020

HVAF of Indiana co-hosted Veteran Hiring Event with Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. co-hosted the Circle City Veteran hiring event with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs on February 20, 2020. This event hosted over 25 employers for veterans and their families to meet from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. “This was a great opportunity […]
February 6, 2020

2019 in Review

Since 1993, HVAF of Indiana, Inc. has been able to serve Hoosier veterans and their families. In the past year, that goal remained the same.   “Providing Hope, Housing, and self-sufficiency for all veterans and their families” 2019 was another remarkable year of doing just that […]
December 26, 2019

Air Force Vet Moves into Permanent Supportive Housing Unit

  Air Force veteran, Barbara Mcpherson Robinson along with her family, recently moved into her forever home in one of HVAF’s new Permanent Supportive Housing units. After repurposing eight of HVAF’s housing properties, The Indianapolis Housing Agency awarded the organization with vouchers in order to […]
December 12, 2019
After being involved in HVAF's programs for 9 months, Pamela finally got to move into her own home, sweet home!

HVAF helps vet move into her own home

In January, Army veteran Pamela Coleman reached out to HVAF for help.   She had lost her job and needed a home. HVAF moved her into one of its transitional houses and set her up with a case manager: Amanda. In addition, Amanda helped Pamela […]
December 10, 2019
Thanks to our amazing supporters, HVAF raised more than $47,000 at Operation Alpha 2019!

Operation Alpha raises $47,650 for Indy’s veterans

Operation Alpha 2019 was HVAF’s biggest and best annual fundraiser ever. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, attendees, and supporters – we were able to raise $10,000 more than the year before! We are so thankful for everyone who supports our veterans and continues to make […]
December 10, 2019
HVAF began Permanent Supportive Housing for Indy's veterans and their families in 2019, thanks to the Indiana Housing Authority.

Permanent Supportive Housing begins at HVAF

After hearing Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett‘s call for more Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless veterans, HVAF took action. After repurposing eight of HVAF’s housing properties, The Indianapolis Housing Agency awarded the organization with vouchers in order to make the properties permanent homes for veterans and […]
November 13, 2019
In 2011, Bob Nietan came to HVAF for drug recovery. He remains clean today!

Drug Recovery: HVAF helped vet lead clean life

When Robert Nietan wanted to find drug recovery, HVAF was there to help. In 1974, 17-year-old Robert Nieten enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. “It was a great experience,” Robert said. “But I had already started abusing drugs and alcohol.” After his time in […]
October 8, 2019
Everyone always has a blast at Operation Alpha. Be sure to get your tickets to Indianapolis' best Veterans Day event today.

Indianapolis Veterans Day event coming next month

| The best Indianapolis Veterans Day event is coming next month | HVAF’s Operation Alpha is back!   Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery‘s Founder & CEO, disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, wanted to create an Indianapolis Veterans Day event. Therefore, he created Operation Alpha […]
October 1, 2019
When Rhonda Seward lost her job and home, she came to HVAF to receive housing and employment services so she could get back on her feet.

Homeless vet finds HVAF “instrumental”

Rhonda Seward did not know what to do when she became a homeless veteran – but thankfully she went to HVAF. Called to Serve Before her time receiving help from HVAF, United States Army veteran Rhonda Seward sacrificed and served her country for 22 years. […]
August 22, 2012

FOX59 Interviews HVAF on Food Drive

On Tuesday FOX59’s Ann Keil interviewed HVAF’s President & CEO Dr. Charles Haenlein along with two HVAF veterans on the urgent need to re-stock the organization’s food pantry. The food pantry is nearly empty, and the need among area veterans has been growing. “My drinking […]
August 25, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. featured in United Way of Central Indiana simulcast

Ralph and his daughter Lakin with RTV6’s camera crew Ralph, a U.S. Air Force veteran who overcame substance abuse and homelessness and then regained custody of his young daughter, is an HVAF success story that will be featured at 7:30 p.m. on September 4 on […]
August 27, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. competes for $250,000 in Home Depot Foundation Contest

This month HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is participating in a national competition that could earn us $25-thousand dollars to renovate a Newton House, a facility that is home to four previously homeless veterans. Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation’s Aprons in Action, winning the monthly […]
December 13, 2012

Volunteer spotlight: IUPUI students gather thousands of items for homeless veterans

IUPUI graduate students Adriene Tynes and Erin Braun visited HVAF of Indiana, Inc. on a cold evening that left them thinking about veterans without coats, gloves or sweaters. They then learned  that up to 500 homeless military veterans were living on the streets of Indianapolis, they […]
July 8, 2013

HVAF Case Manager featured in Indy Star story

HVAF Case Manager Abby Hardin escorted soldiers through the deserts of the Middle East. She guarded ammunition and bombs. She handled lethal weapons. But finding a job was a new battle. On Sunday, July 7, Indianapolis Star reporter Laura Newberry interviewed Abby for a story […]
July 17, 2013

Groups partner to offer legal services to HVAF veterans

Many veterans who served in combat zones are confronting legal problems such as child custody, employment and homelessness. Now through a new partnership with Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, HVAF will provide legal services to its veterans. This has the potential to become a model for […]
July 26, 2013

Hundreds of veteran families to benefit through new funding

United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) was recently awarded a $1,347,519 grant for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The award continues a program that got underway in Central Indiana in 2011 and has since helped more than […]
August 8, 2013

A clean record means a second chance

Anthony S., HVAF veteran For more than a decade, Anthony S., a U.S. Army veteran, has been haunted by it. Each time the homeless veteran seeks an opportunity to turn his life around; there it is in black and white print – convicted felon. Anthony and […]
August 13, 2013

Lab to provide critical resources to help America’s heroes find jobs

GTECH Indiana donated a computer lab – the first of its kind donated by the company in the nation – to HVAF of Indiana, a United Way nonprofit which focuses on improving the lives of homeless Hoosier veterans and their families. The lab, which cost […]