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

 
February 24, 2021

Ntl Guard veteran appreciates HVAF’s pantry & case managers for 14 years

Fourteen years ago, Army National Guard veteran Wiloner and her son moved to Indianapolis. They came so her son, 16-year-old Michael, could play football for Ben Davis High School. After realizing it would not work to live with her brother, Wiloner became homeless. As they […]
February 24, 2021

HVAF receives 700 hygiene kits thanks to CNO & Clean the World

Hygiene items are an absolute necessity for homeless veterans. “We always need hygiene items 24/7, 365,” HVAF’s Outreach Coordinator Rodney Jackson said.   Every day, Navy veteran Rodney Jackson serves veterans in Indianapolis’ homeless camps. Because of this, Rodney understand the needs of our veterans. […]
February 17, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: Elayne Lewis

Meet Elayne Lewis: One of HVAF’s Peer Mentors.   Elayne & HVAF We have been thankful to have Elayne on our team since 2008! She has spent 13 years serving Indianapolis’ homeless and at-risk veterans. As Peer Mentor, Elayne said she is honored to help […]
February 10, 2021

A Message From the President & CEO: February 2021

Below are sentiments from our President & CEO, Brian Copes, during a time of unprecedented growth and change for HVAF : 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 […]
February 10, 2021

Robert J: It’s never too late to ask for help!

 Serving in the 70’s In 1977, Robert J. graduated from high school in Indianapolis and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. When he left for basic training in June, it was his first time leaving the state. “That was the best moment of my […]
February 10, 2021

HVAF’s VP for Personnel receives certification + additional role

For more than 12 years, Sammy Mitchell has played a vital role in HVAF’s mission. She started out at HVAF as an Executive Administrative Assistant in 2008. Over the years, Sammy has received many promotions here – and currently serves as Vice President for Personnel. […]
February 3, 2021

Meet Team HVAF: Danny Park

Meet Danny Park: HVAF’s Permanent Housing Coordinator. He oversees 3 of our housing programs: Community Permanent Housing, Transition in Place, and Permanent Supportive Housing. As if that wasn’t enough – Danny also has his own caseload of veterans to serve through the Transition in Place […]
January 26, 2021

HVAF has shown up for Army vet 9+ years

Anthony served in the United States Army from 1977-1979 as a clerk. He described military life as an interesting experience for him, and how life has been hard since then.   “(Life after the military) was a struggle, and it is still a struggle,” Anthony […]
January 13, 2021

HVAF helps find employment for veterans – like Army veteran Robert

A fresh start… Army veteran Robert came to HVAF because he needed to find a place that helped find employment for veterans. But he didn’t only need a job – he needed clothes, food, and a home. After getting out of jail a few days […]
January 8, 2021

OA Sponsor Shoutout: EdChoice

Written by EdChoice At EdChoice, we work each day to make sure all families have access to the K-12 schooling options that work best for their students.   That includes tens of thousands of military families who sacrifice so much to defend our nation from […]
January 5, 2021
HVAF's Operation Alpha went virtual this year over Zoom

HVAF’s Operation Alpha 2020 raises $80,000!

Despite all of the challenges with 2020 – and thanks to our amazing supporters – HVAF’s Operation Alpha was a HIT!   What is Operation Alpha? Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery’s Founder and CEO, disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, started Operation Alpha in 2014. […]
December 27, 2020

Vet receives AND gives in HVAF’s pantry

Air Force veteran Rashaun served in the military from 2008 to 2014. Now in 2020, he has been coming to HVAF’s food, clothing, and hygiene pantry for the last seven months.   After doing some research online, he found out about HVAF’s services for veterans. […]
December 27, 2020

How HVAF’s Pantry helped Army vet & family

HVAF’s Pantry is full of clothes, hygiene items, and food for all veterans and their families.   Sierra’s Story This offering can be crucial to some veterans who face hard times. Sierra is one of those veterans who found herself in a tough spot last […]
December 27, 2020

SOAR Initiative helps HVAF vet & dog

SOAR Initiative has served Indianapolis’ homeless and their animals since 2014.   An unmet need Angela Hopson began working as a Street Outreach Professional for Horizon House six years ago. As she visited, she saw there was a need not just for the homeless – […]
December 27, 2020

Former homeless veteran becomes homeowner

This last October, Army veteran and HVAF employee Fred moved into his first own home. Thanks to Habitat For Humanity, Fred is now a proud homeowner in Indianapolis!   A long journey   But it hasn’t always been this easy for Fred. Starting at a […]