HVAF BLOG

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

 
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 Tinya 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 […]
March 21, 2022

Army veteran Lanita finds hope & housing at HVAF

HVAF’s mission is to provide, hope, housing, and self-sufficiency for all veterans. And that is exactly what Army veteran Lanita is experiencing living at one of HVAF’s temporary housing units. Serving in the Army In the 1980’s, you could find Lanita working as a dental […]
March 14, 2022

Help HVAF win Peterman Brothers’ Charity Showdown!

With March Madness getting ready to take over the state, Peterman Brothers is holding its third annual Charity Showdown. The Showdown is broken into 4 divisions and the winner of each division will receive $5 for every service call they make. Each week we will […]
March 9, 2022

Message from the CEO: Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population

In 2009, then Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki unveiled a five-year plan to end veteran homelessness. He said, “Those who have served this nation as veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.” At HVAF, […]
March 9, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager April

Meet April April has served Indy’s homeless and at-risk veterans as a case manager at HVAF for 3+ years. For the last 2 years, she works on site at HVAF’s Permanent Supportive Housing apartments Veterans Villa. Although it can be tough, she loves to serve […]
February 28, 2022

HVAF Permanent Housing gives Army veteran a safe place to homeschool her children

Homeschool life School is in session at HVAF’s Carson Apartments! Every day, in one of HVAF’s Permanent Supportive Housing units, Army veteran Tanisha is homeschooling her three children. “They’re on a website called Time4Learning. I can go on there, I can monitor everything they’re doing,” […]
February 23, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Community Center Specialist & Air Force Vet Lee

Since last year, Air Force veteran Lee Pipes has given back to his fellow veterans by volunteering at HVAF. A few weeks ago, HVAF welcomed him onto the team part-time as a Community Center Specialist. Here is a Q&A with Lee to get to know […]