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Helping Our Veterans

VALOR works with an Army of volunteers to help our Veterans.

Wish list for our Veterans and Homeless Veterans we Help

We need donated items to distribute at our upcoming Stand Down events.

CLOTHING ITEMS

Mens:

  • Socks (men and women) NO dress socks
  • Underwear (new) (men and women)
  • Brown tarps
  • Back Packs
  • Flashlights / Batteries
  • Men’s Boots / Sneakers (sizes 9-12)
  • T-Shirts (L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
  • Hoodies (L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
  • Men’s Sweatpants (32-42)
  • Men’s Jeans (sizes 32-40)
  • Yoga mats
  • Hygiene products, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc

Womens:

  • Socks (men and women) NO dress socks
  • Underwear (new) (men and women)
  • Sports Bras (new)
  • Brown tarps
  • Back Packs
  • Flashlights / Batteries
  • Yoga mats
  • Feminine Hygiene products, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, etc
  • Small to medium size jeans
  • Outdoor shoes sizes 6- 10
  • Hoodies
  • Rain gear
  • Outdoor shirts

WINTER AND HYGIENE ITEMS

FOOD for homeless people requires special consideration.

First, they suffer from malnutrition. It should provide protein, vitamins and minerals.

Second they don’t have kitchens. It needs to be accessible without a can opener, and not need refrigeration AFTER opening.

REMEMBER, plastic cups will crush. Canned fruits and vegetables, canned (with pull tabs is helpful) meats like Dinty Moore, tuna or meat-based soups and peanut butter in plastic jars.

Here is an example of what to include in a bag of food:

  • 2 cans tuna or salmon
  • 6-pack small cans of fruit
  • Jar Peanut Butter
  • 3 cans meat-based soup with veggies
  • Can Dinty Moore Stew
  • 6-pack 12 oz V8 fruit or vegetable juice

HYGIENE items are always important.

Think about access to facilities when you select items.

For example, hand sanitizers that don’t need water are important.

  • Soap/body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Foot powder
  • Nail care
  • Disposable razors

FURNITURE ITEMS

  • Dressers
  • Mattresses & box-springs
  • Nightstands
  • Couches, love seats, and chairs
  • End Tables, coffee tables, and lamps
  • Kitchenwares
  • Small kitchen tables with chairs

If you have other items you would like to donate to the organization, or questions about what we need or how you can help by donating your time or services, please call (570) 664-6468 or e-mail Michelle at mgoyette@valorclinic.org.

 

To learn more about our furniture program, please visit a ‘Hope For The Homeless’ sub-program Furniture and Household Goods.

VALOR Pathfinders

Pathfinders bring VALOR programs into new communities. They become community Ambassadors for our efforts and help grow the organization.

Often this is done with small scale efforts to locate homeless Veterans and bring needed supplies.

Other opportunities exist in our holiday meals, Veterans Unstoppable, and Stand Down programs.

Please email Mark mbaylis@valorclinic.org to find out more about this satisfying opportunity to provide A Hand Up On the Home Front.

VALOR Stand Down

Stand Downs have become the cornerstone of our outreach efforts to locate homeless Veterans.

At a Stand Down we provide non-perishable food (like a food pantry), clothing (like a clothing closet), and a warm meal (like a soup kitchen), in the location where the homeless frequent and or live.

Additional services are available for the Veterans as well, like survival gear, sleeping bags, and tents.

Please check our event calendar for a schedule of these important Stand Down events.

Paul's House

Paul House requires a large number of volunteers performing a wide variety of tasks.

We need Cooks, Administrative support, maintenance, people answering phones, sorting and receiving food, clothing donations, preparing for stand downs, delivering furniture, and taking homeless Veterans to appointments / work.

To get involved in this critical aspect of Veterans assistance please contact Michelle at (570) 664-6468 or mgoyette@valorclinic.org.

The Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary (Paul’s House) is in the historic Hotel Jonas in Polk Township.  Paul’s House accommodates up to 13 Veterans a day.  We serve 3 healthy meals a day that are specifically designed to help with health challenges faced by homeless veterans.

The emotional scars of war disrupt the road home for some Veterans.  Veteran life crisis statistics are staggering.  VALOR helps Veterans navigate the road to readjustment by establishing common ground.  All of our program participants served their nation so inherently they understand commitment, rules, purpose, and structure.  They begin their readjustment with a commitment not only to us but also to themselves.  They know they must work for a better life and they can accomplish this by following VALOR’s proven program guidelines.  Veterans must proactively address all facets of their own recovery blueprint.  VALOR provides the mechanisms via our Veteran Outreach and Recovery.  Veterans have structure, schedules, and assigned responsibilities.  The weekly peer-to-peer support sessions and life skill classes pave the road to a brighter future through our Veterans Unstoppable program.

Kevin's House

Kevin’s House is currently under renovation.

We desperately need your skills in the trades!!

Come swing a hammer, wet a paint brush or run some electrical wire so we can get more homeless Veterans off the streets!!

To get involved at Kevin’s House contact Steve at (740) 258-3857

Peer Support Group Leaders

Peer Group leaders serve an important part of helping Veterans through the service to civilian transition.

Maybe you have what it takes to serve this important role.

Contact Glen at (570) 369-3797 or glippincott@valorclinic.org to enroll in training today!!

Holiday Meals Support

Our Holiday Meal program has several options to get involved. Food collection, organization, and distribution are the three main volunteer components.

We have a set food item distribution list to help ensure we provide well balanced nutrition to our Veterans, remain in the holiday celebration traditions, ease food donor recruitment messaging, and streamline packaging during meal preparation for our volunteers.

To nominate a financially struggling Veteran family or to volunteer please call: (570) 664-6468

Resilient Warrior Program

Resilient Warrior is our program to help with filing application with the VA, Social Security Administration or state offices.

To volunteer to become a representative will require you to submit an accredited claims agent application with the VA and to pass an exam.

We will gladly help by providing your books, telephonic advice and a manual of VALOR procedures for your use and reference.

To get involved in this important program please email Mark at mbaylis@valorclinic.org.

Fundraising Opportunities

Let’s face it all these things cost money.

Electricity, fuel for trucks, buying nails for Kevin’s House and insurance are all expenses we can’t escape.

If you want to help us feed the vets, provide facilities for counseling services or make sure our trucks can get household items into newly housed homeless Veterans’ apartments consider hosting a fundraiser.

To learn the rules about VALOR fundraising please email Beth at: blutz@valorclinic.org