HVAF BLOG

Check out our latest stories, events, and the best part of the job: our success stories.

 
June 30, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: IT Coordinator Dewayne

HVAF’s IT Coordinator, and Army veteran, Dewayne has been on Team HVAF for 2.5 years. He plays a critical role in not just the employees’ lives, but his fellow veterans’ lives as well. Learn more about Dewayne, and how he serves HVAF and its veterans […]
June 27, 2022

HVAF has helped Navy vet & children avoid homelessness 3 times!

Facing homelessness again During Christmas 2020, Navy veteran Kathryn found herself facing homelessness. She had lost her job due to COVID-19, and she and her daughters relied on her mother’s social security. But her mom passed away, and she didn’t know what they were going […]
June 7, 2022

Message from the CEO: My week at the NCHV Annual Conference

There is nothing quite like spending a few days around a group of passionate people, united in a common cause, encouraging each other along the way. That’s the best one sentence summary of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Coming Together 2022 Conference that I […]
June 7, 2022

How Marine & Navy veteran Timothy isn’t letting felonies define his future

Military aftermath “Life was hard when I first got out of the military, because I had to go to the Persian Gulf. I had to see and do some things that were not really conducive to my well-being. It was pretty difficult. Being a young […]
May 31, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Case Manager Jaulane (& Art Therapy)

For the last few years, as a way to address veterans’ mental health, HVAF Case Manager Jaulane has led an art therapy class. The class consists of breathing & brush stoke exercises, painting, creating a vision board, and more. “The veterans can use art therapy […]
May 31, 2022

Navy vet achieves recovery, now helps others achieve the same

A 30-year battle For 30 years, Navy veteran Michael battled with alcoholism. “Back in the military, my alcoholism was really just starting. I actually enjoyed the military and it was a good time for me,” Michael said. “It was my beginning of my alcoholism. It […]
May 17, 2022

How HVAF’s VetWorks provides career opportunities through Downtown Indy, Inc.

Last summer, while on the road to recovery, Army veteran Brent needed assistance with employment. While living at the Domiciliary, his case manager pointed him to HVAF’s Workforce Development. What is VetWorks? HVAF’s Workforce Development team started its VetWorks program last year. VetWorks – Veterans […]
May 17, 2022

Home Depot beautifies Warman Houses

Last month, The Home Depot Foundation teamed up with HVAF to make repairs and renovations to one of our transitional properties. Through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation, Team Depot, Home Depot’s associate volunteer force, stepped up to help. Dozens of volunteers spent the […]
May 17, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: VetWorks Coordinator Kristin

Kristin has served HVAF’s veterans since 2019, and we are so thankful for her leadership, expertise, and kindness! Did you see her on our Facebook Live? Here is the recording so you can get to know her:
May 2, 2022

Message from the COO: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Below is a message from HVAF’s Chief Operating Officer: Bryan Dysert, LCSW How are you feeling today? Okay, let me ask again, and this time be completely honest with yourself…  How are you really feeling today? Chances are, for most of us, if we truly […]
April 25, 2022

Finally, Lane is treated like a veteran – thanks to HVAF & Veterans Affairs

Before Indiana Although having served in the Navy for 18 months, Lannette (Lane) never felt like a veteran. “I’m from Birmingham, Alabama. I went to the VA Hospital to try to apply for whatever benefits,” Lane explained. “They explained to me that I don’t have […]
April 13, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Transition In Place Case Manager Bobby

Army veteran Bobby has worked as a case manager for HVAF since April 2021. Bobby works in HVAF’s Transition In Place (TIP) program, where veterans move into their own apartment and HVAF holds the lease. The veteran assumes the lease after our case managers help […]
April 12, 2022

HVAF & NeighborCare come together to serve Indy homeless veteran

A tough few years A few years ago, Army veteran Joe moved from southern Indiana to Indianapolis so he could live closer to the VA Hospital. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Joe got laid off. He found another job but faced an additional hurdle when getting […]
April 12, 2022

Message from the CEO: HVAF is proud to partner with the Indianapolis Colts & Bob Woodruff Foundation

We often hear the expression “it takes a village” when discussing raising children. It also takes a village, a team of caring individuals and organizations, to meet the needs of veterans experiencing homelessness. HVAF is honored to be supported by many organizations in our community, […]
March 28, 2022

How HVAF provides wrap-around services for veterans

Joining the Army Growing up Tiniya looked up to her big brother. After seeing his decision to serve his country, she decided she would enlist in the Army. “No one talked to me about college, nobody talked to me about basic necessities of life so […]