Veterans account for 25% of the homeless population nationally. Causes for this homelessness can be attributed to one, or several, of these factors: Alienation from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, or just bad financial luck. Homelessness can last for a couple of days to multiple decades.
Friends of Homeless Veterans was established to make sure that San Diego's homeless veterans get help when they need it most. We appreciate the sacrifices they have made for their country--for us--during their time of service, and we will not forget them.
Founded informally in 2007 by Martin Brennan, Friends of Homeless Veterans started with a small idea: Put on a small fundraiser in order to give a new pair of socks to each of the 150 homeless veterans at Veterans Village's Winter Shelter in San Diego. "Keep their feet warm."
Since then, the organization has grown in scope and formality. With your help, we will continue to improve the quality of life for the homeless veterans in San Diego. They will not be forgotten.
The City of San Diego has consolidated its effort (and monies) into providing an All-year round shelter. Therefore all temporary shelters receiving funds from the city closed.
This is a good thing, however the VVSD's winter shelter was our direct access to homeless Veterans.
We are looking into new avenues to provide food and clothing to our homeless veteran population in San Diego.
Until we find our next partnership, we have cancelled our fundraisers and requests for donations.
Interested in a parntership? Please contact us at Friends
We are still working with Veterans Village of San Diego and they have serivce opportunities for people looking to help.
We are still supporting Stand Down and other VVSD programs.
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