After suffering a stroke in the beginning of 2020, Marine Corps veteran James found himself homeless because he couldn’t work anymore.
“I lost everything,” James said. “I didn’t have any place to go.”
This led him to turning to HVAF for help.
HVAF – Helping Veterans And Families – seeks to serve homeless veterans, and those at risk of homelessness, and their families. The organization has many housing units around Indianapolis, both permanent and temporary.
One of the housing units – formerly known as the Don Moreau, Sr. Apartments (a nod to the late first HVAF CEO) – was revamped into permanent units and is now known as Veterans Villa. Marine Corps veteran James is one of the first veterans to live at Vet Villa.
“(The case managers) helped me get moved in,” James said. “And if I need anything, they’re there for me. I love living here.”
As 2020 has proved to be a crazy year for everyone – James said he has been tested positive for COVID-19 three times. He was asymptomatic, but had to quarantine each time. While he was in quarantine, he said his case mangers would get him anything he needed.
The Marine Corps veteran said he is very grateful for HVAF – especially his case manager, April Vail, and Vet Villa Property Manager, Will Najera.
“They’re like family,” James said. “I know they really care.”
In order for HVAF to continue providing shelter for homeless veterans like James, we need your help. Will you make a tax-deductible donation today so they can get the help needed to achieve a better quality of life?
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