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March 13, 2020

HVAF of Indiana co-hosted Veteran Hiring Event with Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. co-hosted the Circle City Veteran hiring event with the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs on February 20, 2020. This event hosted over 25 employers for veterans and their families to meet from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. “This was a great opportunity […]
February 6, 2020

2019 in Review

Since 1993, HVAF of Indiana, Inc. has been able to serve Hoosier veterans and their families. In the past year, that goal remained the same.   “Providing Hope, Housing, and self-sufficiency for all veterans and their families” 2019 was another remarkable year of doing just that […]
December 26, 2019

Air Force Vet Moves into Permanent Supportive Housing Unit

  Air Force veteran, Barbara Mcpherson Robinson along with her family, recently moved into her forever home in one of HVAF’s new Permanent Supportive Housing units. After repurposing eight of HVAF’s housing properties, The Indianapolis Housing Agency awarded the organization with vouchers in order to […]
December 12, 2019
After being involved in HVAF's programs for 9 months, Pamela finally got to move into her own home, sweet home!

HVAF helps vet move into her own home

In January, Army veteran Pamela Coleman reached out to HVAF for help.   She had lost her job and needed a home. HVAF moved her into one of its transitional houses and set her up with a case manager: Amanda. In addition, Amanda helped Pamela […]
December 10, 2019
Thanks to our amazing supporters, HVAF raised more than $47,000 at Operation Alpha 2019!

Operation Alpha raises $47,650 for Indy’s veterans

Operation Alpha 2019 was HVAF’s biggest and best annual fundraiser ever. Thanks to our amazing sponsors, attendees, and supporters – we were able to raise $10,000 more than the year before! We are so thankful for everyone who supports our veterans and continues to make […]
December 10, 2019
HVAF began Permanent Supportive Housing for Indy's veterans and their families in 2019, thanks to the Indiana Housing Authority.

Permanent Supportive Housing begins at HVAF

After hearing Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett‘s call for more Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless veterans, HVAF took action. After repurposing eight of HVAF’s housing properties, The Indianapolis Housing Agency awarded the organization with vouchers in order to make the properties permanent homes for veterans and […]
November 13, 2019
In 2011, Bob Nietan came to HVAF for drug recovery. He remains clean today!

Drug Recovery: HVAF helped vet lead clean life

When Robert Nietan wanted to find drug recovery, HVAF was there to help. In 1974, 17-year-old Robert Nieten enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. “It was a great experience,” Robert said. “But I had already started abusing drugs and alcohol.” After his time in […]
October 8, 2019
Everyone always has a blast at Operation Alpha. Be sure to get your tickets to Indianapolis' best Veterans Day event today.

Indianapolis Veterans Day event coming next month

| The best Indianapolis Veterans Day event is coming next month | HVAF’s Operation Alpha is back!   Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery‘s Founder & CEO, disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, wanted to create an Indianapolis Veterans Day event. Therefore, he created Operation Alpha […]
October 1, 2019
When Rhonda Seward lost her job and home, she came to HVAF to receive housing and employment services so she could get back on her feet.

Homeless vet finds HVAF “instrumental”

Rhonda Seward did not know what to do when she became a homeless veteran – but thankfully she went to HVAF. Called to Serve Before her time receiving help from HVAF, United States Army veteran Rhonda Seward sacrificed and served her country for 22 years. […]
February 28, 2018

Emmy Hildebrand receives her Black Belt

Last December, Emmy Hildebrand, HVAF’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy, received her Black Belt… her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, that is. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that combines two process improvement methods to decrease organizational costs and increase efficiency.   […]
April 30, 2018

IU frats “Face Off” for our veterans

Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi, and eight other Indiana University fraternities faced off this weekend to benefit HVAF. Face Off For the Forces, which started in 2014, is a lacrosse tournament to benefit military organizations. Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Chi lead the tournament and […]
April 30, 2018

Army vet Kevin: “I’m glad HVAF is around”

Last September, Army veteran Kevin E. was homeless, as he was living in his vehicle. That same month, his life was changed. He found out his 12-year-old grandson did not have a place to live anymore, and he would need to gain custody of him. […]
April 30, 2018

Local church donates bike to homeless veterans

While trying to obtain employment and housing, one huge hindrance for a veteran can be means of transportation. Thankfully, Cornerstone Lutheran Church is wanting to change that. In April, the church donated 25 bikes to HVAF, with plans to bring 25 more bikes soon. “The […]
May 31, 2018

Indy’s Veteran Homelessness Population Down 20 Percent

Each year, on one cold night in January, representatives go out into their community and identify homeless individuals, providing a snapshot of the area’s homeless population. In 2017, 328 homeless veterans were identified. This year, that number dropped by 20 percent to 261. “This is […]
May 31, 2018

Indianapolis Rotary Club packs backpacks for veterans

As a way to carry out their motto “Service Above Self,” the Indianapolis Rotary Club packed backpacks for Indianapolis’ homeless veteran population. Last year, they packed 144 backpacks, and packed 180 this year! HVAF was also blessed to have Senator Joe Donnelly come to HVAF […]
June 30, 2018

From homeless to homeowner: How HVAF helped Ray overcome veteran homelessness

After returning from two years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Ray Lay began struggling with service-related mental health issues. Eventually these issues would lead to and be compounded by substance abuse, incarceration, and finally homelessness. Seeking a new start, Ray moved to Indianapolis at […]
August 31, 2018

‘I’m not going through it alone’ How helping Navy homeless veteran was team effort

After graduating from high school, Vincent decided he wanted to fight for our country, and he joined the United States Navy. “I wanted to do something better with my life,” he said. From 2007-2011, Vincent was in active duty. But due to missing his child’s […]
September 30, 2018

‘HVAF gave me hope’ How our case managers housed a homeless veteran in 24 hours

In 2011, Lianna Spencer enlisted in the United States Air Force. After serving for two years, Lianna got out and went back to her home in Arizona, where she went back to school and work. She also spent one year on the reservation taking care […]