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

 
July 19, 2021

3 Veterans win $100 Kroger gift cards!

Three lucky veterans walked away from HVAF’s food, clothing, and hygiene pantry with more than just their essential items last week. Army veteran Michael, Navy veteran Larry, and Army veteran Andrea won $100 Kroger gift cards – thanks to The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the […]
July 14, 2021

A Message from the President & CEO: July 2021

Below are sentiments from our President & CEO, Brian Copes: There is a saying among old Soldiers, “The Army never changes and… the Army is always changing.” It was a tongue-in-cheek bit of wisdom to remind (and comfort) us that change is inevitable, constant, often […]
July 13, 2021

Proctor Place breaks ground on new apartments for homeless veterans

Co-developers HVAF and Woda Cooper Companies, Inc. hosted a ceremonial Groundbreaking at Proctor Place to celebrate the construction start for the new 61-unit, high-quality affordable housing community supported with housing tax credits allocated by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA), with 15 units set […]
July 13, 2021

HVAF’s Employment Team helps veteran obtain CDL license!

Navy veteran Darnell M. first came to HVAF in 2014, he needed help with housing. Since he had a great experience with our case managers, he knew he could come back if he needed help again. Recently, Darnell got laid off from his electrician job. […]
June 22, 2021

Navy veteran receives new car to help him get to 6 AM job

Navy veteran Michael used to wake up at 3 AM every day for work! “I’m up at 3 in order to catch the bus at 4:40,” Michael said. “I get to work at about 6:10.” Michael works as a cook for a senior care facility. […]
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. […]