HVAF BLOG

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

 
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 […]
February 22, 2022

Nigel’s Story Part 2: Finding housing and forming bonds at HVAF

Last week, we introduced you to Army Veteran Nigel. We shared how HVAF’s Employment Team helped Nigel start a new career at Indianapolis Urban League. You can view Part One of his story here. Here is Part Two: Finding a home As he received employment, […]
February 8, 2022

Check out our veterans’ New Years Resolutions

We asked our veterans to fill in the blank: “THIS YEAR, I WANT TO…” “Get my own apartment and improve my health. I hope all vets get what they need.” Nate | Army “Be more productive in my life and help make a difference in […]
February 8, 2022

Nigel’s Story Part 1: How HVAF helped Nigel find employment at Indianapolis Urban League

After the Army Nigel’s transition out of the U.S. Army in 2019 wasn’t easy. “Going into the new year, the pandemic ended up happening,” Nigel said. “So it was a weird time to transition from being a soldier to being a civilian.” When looking online […]
February 8, 2022

Message from the CEO: HVAF urges Congress to pass the Equality Act

HVAF—Helping Veterans and Families was pleased recently to join a coalition of over 25 human services providers in Indiana urging Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun to support the Equality Act that would modernize civil rights law by extending federal non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people. […]
February 8, 2022

Meet Team HVAF: Shawnita serving veterans & leading the HVAF Diversity Group

In 2020, lots of discussions regarding racial equality occurred – including at HVAF. The organization knew it was time to make more efforts on diversity inclusion, which lead to the creation of the HVAF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Clinical Case Manager Shawnita has worked […]
January 31, 2022

HVAF’s Veterans Villa gives Daniel the camaraderie he missed from the Army

Daniel served as a medic and respiratory therapist from 1996-2010. After getting out of the military, Daniel felt lost without the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers. In 2020, sadly he went through a divorce and found himself homeless. Thankfully since July 2020, he has had […]
January 25, 2022

HVAF’s Andrea Carlile: My HVAF Christmas Experience

Every year, my family and I travel to a tree farm to select the perfect Christmas tree! While it isn’t as dramatic as the Griswold’s, and I’m pretty sure nobody’s eyes are frozen shut- the tree holds a special place in our hearts. Our two […]
January 11, 2022

HVAF’s Veterans Villa is helping Paul improve his life – little by little

Third time’s a charm They say third time’s a charm and that’s the case for Army Veteran Paul. The first two times Paul came to HVAF, he lived in transitional housing. Now, since 2021, Paul lives at one of HVAF’s Permanent Supportive Housing units: Veterans […]
January 11, 2022

Support HVAF when you shop at Target!

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through March 31, vote […]