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September 24, 2020

U.S. Army Veteran Starts Fresh

U.S. Army Veteran Craig Browder joined the Army when he was finishing high school. “The day I graduated (High school) in 1990 was the day that Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait and we all wondered if we would get deployed,” said Browder. He served in the […]
August 14, 2020

Army Veteran Thrives in New Job

Shane Baker served in the Army as a Sargent and a Flight Engineer for 6 years, serving in both Afghanistan and South Korea. Following his service, he struggled and faced legal trouble. In order to move forward and improve his life, he needed work. Shane […]
July 9, 2020

Indycar Team Donates Car to Support Hoosier Heroes

Indianapolis, IN– Arrow McLaren SP, alongside team sponsor Vuse Vapor, presented a wheelchair-accessible van to the HVAF of Indiana Inc. (Helping Veterans and Families) on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The van was presented at the IndyCar Experience at the Dallara INDYcar Factory near the Indianapolis […]
June 12, 2020

2020 Patriotic Season

You can celebrate the 2020 Patriotic Season by joining us in support of the Hoosier Heroes in our community in need of housing assistance, employment & legal support, and basic necessities. We are dedicating this season of patriotism honoring those who have made incredible sacrifices […]
May 15, 2020

Honoring our Frontline Workers

Thank you to our Frontline Workers!  As we continue to face an unprecedented pandemic, our frontline workers of case managers and outreach staff have continued to diligently work hard for our veterans. While circumstances are uncertain and pre-cautions are in place, our staff are still going above and beyond to […]
May 4, 2020

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. Responds to Urgent COVID19 Need through #GivingTuesdayNow, encouraging others to participate

HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is responding to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans by participating in the global #GivingTuesdayNow campaign. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the […]
April 14, 2020

COVID-19: An update on serving our Hoosier Heroes during this pandemic.

As we close in on a full month of the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Indiana, we wanted to provide an update on how we’ve been able to serve our Hoosier Heroes and meet increased demands caused by this public health crisis. We remain committed to […]
March 25, 2020

UPDATED: Pre-Cautions regarding COVID-19

As a human services organization, we are considered an essential business and will continue to operate and serve our veterans. That being said, we as an organization are taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of those we serve as well as our staff […]
March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Precaution

Precautions Regarding COVID-19

  As an organization whose goal is to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families, it is our highest priority to protect both clients and staff to make sure that we limit any possibility of continuing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.  With […]
November 30, 2017

Operation Alpha 2017: A night full of ‘extraordinary generosity’

Predicted to be the “most ambitious fundraiser yet,” Operation Alpha lived up to the hype and provided a night full of memorable cocktails, delicious food, live music, auction bidding and much more. For the past three years, HVAF of Indiana and Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery […]
November 30, 2017

High schooler trick-or-treats for veterans

When thinking about Halloween, most kids look forward to getting lots of different candy when going trick-or-treating with friends. But that is not the same story for 15-year-old Natalie Cash. Instead of going door-to-door and collecting candy, she collected canned goods and other non-perishable items to give […]
November 30, 2017

Vet’s daughters receive brand new dollhouse

At the Plainfield Correctional Facility, Recreation Director Chad Platt had some of the offenders create a dollhouse as part of their arts and crafts activities. The dollhouse, which took about six months to put together, was given to Michael Sparks’ two daughters, Bella and Citaly. […]
December 30, 2017

Jon Hall: ‘Recovery is possible’

In 2014, life wasn’t so great for Army veteran Jon Hall. After a few years out of the National Guard, he found himself back into his old habits before he served. He was involved in drugs and getting in trouble with the law. That same year, while […]
December 30, 2017

HVAF stars in ISAE awards night

The Indiana Society of Association Executives helped HVAF in a huge way at the end of 2017. For the past 16 years, ISAE has hosted the STAR Awards— an event that celebrates its accomplishments and the people who make that possible. As they do every […]
January 31, 2018

HVAF employees receive LCSW

As a way to further themselves in the social work field, HVAF case managers Mark Lykins and Brian Andree have recently earned the Licensed Clinical Social Worker title. Both social workers received their master’s degree in social work, obtained their LSW licensure through an exam and then went […]
January 31, 2018

Indiana Podiatry Group rocks our socks!

For the third year in a row, the  Indiana Podiatry Group has held a sock drive for HVAF. This year, they collected 3,000+ pairs of socks! IPG treats all kinds of feet. They have eight medical offices and two pediatric shoe stores in Central Indiana. “We […]
February 28, 2018

Keith Caldwell: Giving back what HVAF gave him

In 2005, Army veteran Keith Caldwell found himself homeless. He was dealing with  addiction and lost everything. Moving from Crawfordsville to Indianapolis, Keith  first went to Wheeler Mission, where he was sent to HVAF to get into one of the transitional supportive houses.  For two […]
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.   […]