HVAF BLOG

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

 
September 23, 2022

HVAF providing fresh start for Army veteran Timothy

We first met Army veteran Timothy when he participated in HVAF’s recovery program. As with every veteran, we are always here for them. Even if they need to come back a few (or many) times for assistance. Timothy reached out to HVAF again last month. […]
September 19, 2022

6th Annual Hoagie Eating Contest for HVAF!

What a fun day at Hoagies and Hops’ 6th Annual Hoagie Eating Contest. This is a fun and unique way for Hoagies & Hops owner Kristin Mazza to give back to Indy’s veterans. She raised $800 for HVAF! Congratulations to Cornelius for winning for the […]
September 14, 2022

HVAF provides Army veteran with a new furry friend!

His Guardian Angel A few years ago, Army veteran Cecil didn’t have any food to eat. Thankfully, he found out about HVAF and we have been able to provide for his needs ever since. “They’ve been my guardian angel. They feed me, take care of […]
September 14, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Donor & Volunteer Relations Coordinator Mary

MEET MARY Q: What do you do at HVAF? A: I work with individuals and organizations within our community who are interested in helping our veterans. I set them up to volunteer in our pantry, at our housing locations, and more! I also communicate with […]
September 13, 2022

Message from the CEO: Let’s celebrate Recovery Month

Governor Eric Holcomb recently joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to declare September to be Recovery Month in Indiana. This national observance held every September since 1989 helps increase awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. HVAF is pleased to join […]
September 9, 2022

142 veterans attend HVAF’s 17th annual Stand Down

We are excited to say that our 17th annual Stand Down event was a success! There were 58 vendors providing clothing, hygiene items, haircuts, and other important resources to 142 veterans in Indianapolis. WFYI & WRTV also came out to cover the event, interview the […]
August 30, 2022

Engaging with Andrea: Pies, Parades, & Presentations!

This year, the VFW Auxiliaries of Indiana were so kind to select HVAF as their charity of choice for their state project! This means all funds raised this year will go to us in one amazing check presentation next June! The VFWs create exciting ways […]
August 29, 2022

HVAF providing a fresh start for Marine Corps veteran Brianca

Starting over After living in Texas for a few years, Marine Corps veteran Brianca moved back to her home state of Indiana. She had to start over but needed help with how to move forward. That’s where HVAF came in. Housing First Following the housing […]
August 9, 2022

Message from the CEO: Celebrating 2022 PIT Count results!

On August 2, HVAF was pleased to announce the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in our community declined by 35% according to the 2022 Point In Time count. You can catch up here if you missed that announcement. I wanted to take a moment to […]
August 9, 2022

HVAF’s Permanent Supportive Housing is helping Darren achieve recovery & reunite with his family

HVAF helping “tremendously” In 2017, when Marine Corps veteran Darren went through a divorce, he had nowhere to go. “When I found out that veterans can receive help through word of mouth from other veterans, I decided to go check it out,” Darren said. “From […]
August 2, 2022

Veteran homelessness in Indianapolis down 35 percent!

The Point In Time (PIT) Count results are out, and it shows veteran homelessness in Marion County decreased by 35 percent. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness declined from 257 in 2021 to 167 in 2022.   The PIT Count – required by the U.S. […]
August 1, 2022

HVAF’s Workforce Development hosts its first hiring event since COVID

HVAF’s Employment Team loved the opportunity to partner with Indiana Department of Workforce Development & Indiana Veterans Affairs to host a job fair for veterans. Watch below to find out more about the event and why it’s so important veterans have these career opportunities: You […]
August 1, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Maintenance Foreman James

Meet HVAF Maintenance Foreman James. Every day, James and the team he leads fix any issues happening at one of our 17 properties. James has worked for HVAF for many years, and loves the chance to serve Indy’s veterans on a daily basis! We got […]
July 26, 2022

Engaging with Andrea: A Summer Celebration

It began with April’s vision, our Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager. She envisioned our veteran families further interacting, bonding, and building comradery. The first event was at Easter, with a bunny hiding eggs among the trees at Brookside Park.  The families casually interacted, and the […]
July 22, 2022

HVAF’s case manager helping ‘immensely’ with Marine Corps veteran

Earlier this year, Marine Corps veteran Jason found himself homeless. “I was homeless on the street,” Jason said. “I needed some help.” When he heard about HVAF through word of mouth, he decided to reach out. Thankfully, HVAF’s Property Manager, Will, had an opening unit […]