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

June 19, 2021

HVAF recognizes and celebrates Juneteenth

On Thursday, June 17, President Joe Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. HVAF’s office will be closed Monday, June 21, to celebrate this momentous day. Here are a few words from our President & CEO, Brian Copes: Happy Juneteenth! I echo […]
June 8, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: Rapid Rehousing Coordinator Lauren

Below is a message from our Rapid Rehousing Coordinator, Lauren, on how she serves our veterans and how you can help her team: Who I am My name is Lauren Mardis and I am a proud HVAF employee and new coordinator for the Rapid Re-Housing […]
June 8, 2021

A Message from the President & CEO: The upcoming patriotic holidays

Below are sentiments from our President & CEO, Brian Copes, as we look ahead to the upcoming patriotic season: Some thoughts on Flag Day.  I was raised to respect the flag and memorized the Pledge of Allegiance, but I don’t think I ever really appreciated […]
June 7, 2021

HVAF’s Rapid Rehousing helps veteran & wife with rent amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Tough reality of life after war After serving in the military for 10 years, Army veteran Andre felt ready for civilian life. Although people tried to help him with his transition out of the military, he thought he didn’t need any help. “You are stubborn […]
June 3, 2021

Meet HVAF’s first-ever therapist!

According to Veterans Affairs, 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program in 2018. And we know many of the veterans we serve here in Indianapolis battle mental health challenges every single day. At HVAF, we are making strides to address this, such […]
June 3, 2021
Army veteran with his vision board

Check out our veterans’ vision boards!

According to Veterans Affairs, 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program in 2018. And we know many of the veterans we serve here in Indianapolis battle mental health challenges every single day. At HVAF, we are making strides to address […]
June 1, 2021
Becky and Angie are volunteers for HVAF - Helping Veterans And Families

Friends & Auxiliary members volunteer together

When our veterans come to HVAF‘s pantry, they are bound to see a familiar face or two. That’s because we are so blessed to have several dedicated volunteers who have helped in our pantry for years. Two of those volunteers are 13-year volunteer, Becky, and […]
May 10, 2021

HVAF receives Best Places to Work Award!

Earlier this year, we received the good news of being named one of Indiana’s Best Places to Work! All companies that participated in the 2021 Best Places to Work program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. We are especially […]
April 28, 2021
Marine Corps veteran Steve received a free car thanks to IN American Legion

Veteran receives a FREE car thanks to Indiana’s American Legion!

Thanks to a local attorney and the American Legion Department of Indiana, one of our veterans received a FREE car! Indianapolis attorney Kevin Alerding reached out to the Legion and asked about a veteran who needs a means of transportation. After asking HVAF, case manager […]
April 21, 2021

HVAF’s Social Worker earns LCSW!

Introducing Kascha, LCSW! Being part of Team HVAF The day after she officially became a Licensed Social Worker, Kascha received a job offer for HVAF. Six years later, she still loves being a part of Team HVAF! Working for veterans means a lot to Kascha. […]
April 19, 2021

“Make HVAF one of your stops!” -JayMarlon to his fellow vets

Starting over In the beginning of 2020, Army National Guard veteran JayMarlon found himself starting his life over. After being incarcerated for all of 2019, he needed help finding a home and a job. While in jail, he first heard about HVAF as a resource […]
April 19, 2021

Husband & wife veterans volunteer at HVAF together

Husband and wife Diane and Mike Norton are current HVAF volunteers and former veterans. Diane, a Navy veteran, and Mike, an Air Force veteran, met on a blind date while stationed in Las Vegas. “We hit it off, and we’ve been married for almost 34 […]
April 5, 2021

Sisters volunteer at a veterans organization in honor of father

When deciding where to volunteer, sisters Jen and Carolyn knew they wanted to volunteer at a veterans organization. Carolyn looked through an e-mail that listed volunteer opportunities, and one organization caught her eye: Helping Veterans And Families. The reason to volunteer for a veterans organization […]
April 1, 2021

HVAF receives $4.7 million Lilly Endowment Inc. grant for Employment Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Indianapolis – HVAF – Helping Veterans And Families – has received a grant of $4.7 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative, Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis. The grant will support HVAF’s Employment Program and will partner with Downtown Indy. HVAF is […]
March 31, 2021

Remembering the life & legacy of Cindy Thomas

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cindy Thomas. Cindy served on team HVAF from 2001 until 2018, most recently as the Executive Vice President for Programs. She was a vital part of our growth over the years and was known […]