In the United States, there are over 60,000 homeless veterans. California has a disproportionately high number of these homeless veterans.
“Team AMVETS™ Welcome Home Program” was developed by Team AMVETS™ and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in 2012. The VA HUD-VASH housing program assists California’s homeless Veterans by providing a voucher for permanent housing. Team AMVETS™ transforms the residence into a real home complete with furniture, household items and appliances, thanks to donors and volunteers, entirely at the expense of Team AMVETS™.
On any given night, there are more than 60,000 homelss Veterans in the United States. Many of these Veterans suffer from physical, emotional or mental challenges, are unemployed, or are single parents with dependent children. In California, the number of homeless Veterans is disproportionate to the numbers reported across the U.S. in that California is home to some of the largest Veteran's reception centers and military bases in the country.
As the number of returning Veterans increases, the number of unsheltered Veterans also increases. The Federal Government provides vouchers to Veterans who are working with case managers to rehabilitate themselves and find regular employments. While these vouchers provide a safe, clean living space, the units are unfurnished.
It is this gap that Team AMVETS California Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks to close. Imagine being homeless and then being given an opportunity to get off the streets only to realize that although you have a roof and walls, you still don't have the basic dignity of a bed or a sofa or even some dishes from which to eat.
This, the "Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program" was established to fill this void. The "Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program" has made more than 1,300 successful deliveries throughout California, including San Diego County, Orange County, Long Beach, Greater Los Angeles, and Fresno. The first delivery was made to a Veteran in San Diego the week of Thanksgiving 2012 with a 'Welcome Home" celebration.
A residence is made a home by moving in beds, sheets, pillows, blankets, dressers, night stands, couches, coffee tables, end tables, dining room tables and chairs, refrigerators, pots and pans, and special request items, such as towels or rugs. This "Welcome Home" delivery not only thanks formerly homeless Veterans for their service, but also enables them to feel purpose and dignity by furnishing their new residence.
There are thousands of veterans waiting for our services. Your support of the "Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program" will allow us to give formerly homeless Veterans the furnishing, appliances, and the basic necessities they so rightly deserve.