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February 28, 2019

‘I don’t know where I would have ended up without HVAF” How HVAF saved homeless veteran

In 1990, 17-year-old Antonio Johnson enlisted in the United States Navy soon after he graduated from high school. During his time in the Navy, he traveled around the world twice, served on two aircraft carriers, and supervised his fellow shipmates. After he got out of […]
January 31, 2019

‘I’m so happy to be with HVAF’ Homeless Navy veteran lands job thanks to HVAF

In 1990, Jimmy Potts joined the United States Navy. Starting at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois for his training and education, Jimmy went on to serve for six years— being a part of Desert Shield and serving for eight months in Iraq for […]
November 30, 2018

Another successful Operation Alpha: HVAF raises $37,000 thanks to your support!

It keeps getting better and better: this year, we were able to raise more than $37,000 at Operation Alpha. 5,000 more than last year! The evening was full of tasty cocktails, delicious food, live music, auction bidding and much more. “I am deeply grateful for the strong relationship […]
October 31, 2018

Home Depot Foundation makes improvements to HVAF’s home for homeless veteran

The Home Depot Foundation has continuously helped us over the last 11 years. Some of the projects include redoing our conference room and transforming our old bunk room to a well-functioning pantry for our outreach hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Last week, the team came out […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]