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December 23, 2020
After experiencing homelessness for a few months in 2020 - Army veteran Bruce Knox became the first tenant at HVAF's Veterans Villa!

Meet Veteran Villa’s first tenant!

While Vietnam vet Bruce is spending the end of 2020 as a Veterans Villa tenant, the beginning of 2020 looked much different.   Couchsurfing & CVS The Army veteran spent his first few months of the year homeless, as his landlord evicted him after missing […]
December 22, 2020
After suffering a stroke in the beginning of 2020, Marine veteran James Bay lost everything because he couldn't work anymore. Thankfully, he found HVAF

Marine Corps veteran lost everything – then found HVAF

After suffering a stroke in the beginning of 2020, Marine Corps veteran James found himself homeless because he couldn’t work anymore.   “I lost everything,” James said. “I didn’t have any place to go.”   This led him to turning to HVAF for help. HVAF […]
December 21, 2020
Chris Helton is drug free, smoke free, and has full custody of his 3 children - thanks to HVAF.

Army vet gets clean, becomes homeowner – thanks to HVAF

Army veteran Chris enjoys his mornings at the gym and evenings at home with his three kids.   But it hasn’t always been this way.   Living off the grid Chris served as a shop repair mechanic in the United States Army from 2007-2009. He […]
December 20, 2020
Thanks to HVAF's Employment Team, Navy veteran Theresa London renewed her nursing license and received a new reliable means of transportation!

HVAF Employment Team helps vet renew nursing license, win car

Despite all of COVID-19’s challenges , HVAF’s Employment Team hasn’t slowed down.   HVAF’s Employment Team Isn’t Slowing Down “We didn’t stop, we didn’t slow down,” Employment Coordinator Kiara Walker said. “We were still able to get people placed, and get people employed and give […]
September 24, 2020

U.S. Army veteran starts fresh

Serving in the Army U.S. Army Veteran Craig joined the Army at the end of high school.   “The day I graduated in 1990 … 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 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 […]
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.   […]
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 […]