HVAF BLOG

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

 
February 7, 2023

Meet Team HVAF: Elayne leading the organization’s DEI efforts

Elayne, affectionately known by all staff as “Miss Elayne” has been on Team HVAF for nearly 14 years! After retiring from her teaching career, Elayne began volunteering for HVAF and then worked part-time as the weekend RA at one of HVAF’s buildings. Since then, she […]
February 7, 2023

Army veteran Berry: “HVAF advocated for me!”

After losing his job due to the company making cuts, Army veteran Berry found himself homeless. Thankfully he found HVAF and lived in one of the transitional housing units before moving into his own place. “I’ve been through some trials and tribulations in my life,” […]
February 7, 2023

Message from COO: 2022 Outcomes & Black History Month

As we enter the month of February, my hope is that your 2023 year has started off well and you are already reaping the benefits of those resolutions you made at the turn of the year. This time of year allows for some reflection of […]
January 26, 2023

Meet Team HVAF: Mallory

We are so thankful to have Mallory as the VetWorks Employment Specialist and Workforce Development Intake Specialist for HVAF! Get to know Mallory: How long have you worked at HVAF? A little over a year!! How are you specifically helping the VetWorks program? I started […]
January 23, 2023

Navy vet received certifications that lead him to “lucrative and rewarding life” thanks to HVAF and BWF

After serving in the Navy for two years, Robert had difficulty with the transition to civilian life. He described the transition as “culture shock.” “I was a Boatswain in the Navy, so my skills didn’t transfer,” Robert said. “I took the first job I could […]
January 11, 2023

Navy veteran Al: “HVAF gives me room to grow”

After discharging from the military, life seemed great for Navy veteran Al. A friend helped him get a job at a factory in his hometown Kokomo, and later he went on to run his own tiling business. It wasn’t until recently when Al fell on […]
January 11, 2023

Message from the CEO: Happy New Year!

A new year is a time of resolutions and fresh starts for many. It reminds us of new opportunities and new possibilities as we look forward to the next 12 months. At HVAF, we hit the ground running in 2023. We are looking forward to […]
January 10, 2023

Engaging with Andrea: Providing the Magic of Christmas

Christmas always seems to be experienced best through the priceless reaction of children. Their eyes twinkle, their faces light up, and their excitement and joy contain a pureness many adults have long forgotten. Through children, we can see the magic of Christmas! So, imagine if […]
December 15, 2022

HVAF’s 4th Annual #12VetsOfChristmas starts Tuesday!

We’re kicking off our 4th Annual 12 Vets of Christmas campaign to raise the needed funds for the 1,000+ homeless and near-homeless veterans who will turn to HVAF in 2023. Meet this year’s veterans: Daily, from Tuesday, December 20th to Saturday, December 31st, we’ll feature […]
December 14, 2022

Message from the CEO: Sharing some holiday cheer!

The holiday season and end of the year can often be a time when we’re racing to the finish. To-do lists are filled with personal and professional tasks that all must be done RIGHT NOW. With a little over two weeks left in 2022, for […]
December 13, 2022

23 veterans graduate from HVAF’s VetWorks Phase 1

Twenty three veterans are even closer to achieving their dream career! HVAF’s VetWorks is a multi-phase, collaborative workforce development program for veterans. The program equips and trains veterans in order to obtain and maintain good and promising jobs. These veterans completed an internship during Phase […]
December 12, 2022

How HVAF’s case managers helped Army veteran Nicki fight breast cancer (and win!)

From homeless to hotel At the end of 2020, Army veteran Nicki was living in her car with nowhere to go. Thankfully, she reconnected with a friend who told her about HVAF. One of HVAF’s case managers was able to place her in a hotel. […]
November 28, 2022

HVAF has helped Army veteran John off and on for 5 years!

Transition from military to civilian world John served in the Army for seven years. After he got out in 1987, the transition was difficult. “When I was in the Army, I was a sergeant, so I was giving orders,” John said. “When I came home, […]
November 16, 2022

OPERATION ALPHA 2022: Truly the “Biggest, Bestest” Veterans Day Party in the state!

We say this every year, but thankfully it’s true – this year was the BIGGEST & BESTEST Operation Alpha yet! 350 amazing people came out and enjoyed the evening – and helped us raise more than $125,000! What is Operation Alpha? Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery’s […]
November 16, 2022

HVAF opens new Permanent Supportive Housing for veterans

Co-developers HVAF and Woda Cooper unveiled the new Proctor Place, a 61-unit, high-quality affordable housing community located at 240 N. Warman Ave., on the Central State campus, just west of downtown Indianapolis. Elected officials, including Mayor Joe Hogsett, plus veteran and housing advocates, financing partners, […]