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

 
October 1, 2019
After overcoming eviction this past summer, Marine veteran Leslie says Indianapolis non profit HVAF is a miracle!

Indianapolis non profit HVAF is a “miracle”

After overcoming eviction this past summer, Marine veteran Leslie says Indianapolis non profit HVAF is a miracle! From small town to Marine Corps From 2006 to 2010, Leslie Vanover served as an administrative clerk for the United States Marine Corps. “I was living in a […]
August 16, 2019
The Indiana Department of Revenue continues to donate their time, talent, and treasure to support HVAF's homeless veterans.

Indiana DOR supports Indy’s homeless veterans

The Indiana Department of Revenue continues to donate their time, talent, and treasure to support HVAF’s homeless veterans.   They work with HVAF’s Volunteer Coordinator Audrey Hopkins Long to best serve Indy’s homeless veterans. One way in particular is improving one of HVAF’s housing properties. They have […]
August 2, 2019
Local Philly-style sandwich shop, Hoagies & Hops, is a longtime supporter of Indianapolis non profit HVAF and its homeless veterans.

HVAF receives lots of support from Hoagies & Hops

Because we are a non-profit, HVAF has many generous and loving supporters in the community who hold events to give back to the veterans.   A delicious deal The most interesting (and delicious) fundraising event? A hoagie eating contest.   This past summer, locals participated in […]
July 31, 2019
Former homeless vet Whitney Hamilton came to HVAF in 2014 to find recovery. Today, he celebrates five years of sobriety AND a new home!

Homeless vet to homeowner!

Army veteran and former homeless vet Whitney Hamilton found July to be a monumental month. At age 63, he became a first-time homeowner! But this was not an easy journey for Whitney.   When the addiction began “About 1985 … when the cocaine era was […]
June 28, 2019

“It’s a rewarding experience” Why Autumn serves her fellow veterans

In 1980, Autumn Rush enlisted in the United States Army as a medic.   “I grew up in a town where there weren’t a lot of jobs available, and I didn’t go to college right out of high school,” Autumn said. “So I decided to […]
June 3, 2019

HVAF and community partners worked together to house homeless veteran

Here at HVAF, we cannot do what we do alone.   Thankfully, we have several community partners such as VOA, Veterans Affairs, and the Gene B. Glick Company…. and together, we all were able to serve and house Marine veteran Michael Holliday. Find out more […]
May 6, 2019

HVAF is helping Army vet set, accomplish goals

In 1985, right after high school graduation, Pamela Coleman decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. She wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps, and be able to grow as a person. Pamela served for six years as a military police officer. She said her […]
April 17, 2019

HVAF provides food to Indy’s homeless camps

When you picture downtown Indy, what do you see? Delicious restaurants? Hip music venues? Entertaining street performers? Monument Circle? What about any homeless camps- or as they are usually called, tent cities? All throughout downtown Indy, in places you would have no idea, homeless camps […]
March 29, 2019

How HVAF helped Marine veteran overcome addiction

In 1968, Troy Rivers enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served for four years. When he got out of the military, he said he had zero guidance. This led him to getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. Several times throughout the years […]
December 1, 2011

The long journey home with Fred Young

Fred Young’s father had served in WW2,and with eleven siblings, Fred says he didn’t want to be a burden on his parents. So, in 1975, after graduating high school, eighteen year old Fred Young, wide-eyed and full of hope, packed his bags and headed off […]
December 20, 2011

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. Runner of the Month

This month HVAF client Mike C. (photographed on the far right) has been recognized as Back on My Feet Runner of the Month. “Mike takes running very seriously,” says Brian Meyer, program director with Back on My Feet. “He has a positive attitude and I’m […]
December 28, 2011

IUPUI students give back to HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

IUPUI students with the School of Public & Environmental Affairs dropped off more than 60 boxes of warm clothes & canned meat collected by the Public Affairs Student Association (PASA) at IUPUI. “The men and women who entered our military were willing to give their […]
January 4, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. client William W. on his new path for the New Year

As a boy William W. lost his mother. “My childhood wasn’t easy. I felt like my world ended when my mother passed away,” William says. “I went to live with my extended family but felt like I never fit in, because I thought that my […]
January 26, 2012

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. Volunteer Spotlight

A longtime supporter of veterans’ causes, Becky O’Conner dedicates much of her personal time to giving back. “My father was a veteran and I have a lot of respect for his service to our country,” says Becky. Becky has been a member of Auxiliary Post […]
January 31, 2012

New HVAF program emphasizes family support

2011 was a rough year for Bridget. She found herself nearly homeless with no other options to help her and her family survive. Feeling this overwhelming burden, Bridget found out about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) at hvaf.org. “After losing my job, I […]
February 3, 2012

Couple reunites at HVAF of Indiana, Inc.

Joel and Candy reunite under one roof  Joel, a U.S. Army veteran, and his fiancé Candy were near homeless. Running out of money and hope, Joel was sleeping on his son’s couch. They were madly in love and newly engaged but living apart. HVAF of […]
February 3, 2012

Ralph’s road to recovery

A father to 6-year-old daughter Lakin, Ralph M. came to HVAF near homeless, separated from his family, and determined to recover from addiction and one day gain full-custody of his daughter. Ralph served in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Police Training Officer for […]
February 9, 2012

HVAF joins Ranger on last mile to raise awareness for homeless vets

HVAF veterans ran alongside 28-year-old Cpl. Cory Smith, who had just finished a 565-mile bike and run trek in 28 days from Columbus, Ga. to Indianapolis, Ind., in an effort to raise awareness of veteran issues, such as homelessness. Cpl. Smith, who faced his own […]