U.S. Navy veteran Stanley needed a little help to get back on his feet, and now, thanks to the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, other veterans like Stanley will have the assistance they need for years to come.

A $1 million donation from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust is making it possible for Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana to continue to provide — and enhance — critical services to vulnerable veterans in the New Orleans community. In appreciation for this generous gift, Volunteers of America renamed its Veterans Transitional Housing Facility in honor of Oscar J. Tolmas, a lifelong resident of New Orleans and World War II veteran.

“I know that Oscar would be proud of the work happening in this facility,” said Vince Giardina, president of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. “We want to thank Volunteers of America for allowing us to honor Oscar’s legacy with the naming of this building.”

The newly named Oscar J. Tolmas Veterans Pavilion provides 36 beds for homeless veterans, which enables Volunteers of America to assist the city in its efforts to maintain veteran homelessness at “functional zero” — meaning that newly discovered homeless veterans are provided with housing within days of their discovery. Veterans receive the therapy they need to get clean, to gain job skills and to strengthen their mental health.

Stanley’s time with at the Oscar J. Tolmas Veterans Pavilion is nearly over, and that’s a welcome sign of progress for the soft-spoken Navy veteran.

“I moved into this building nearly two years ago, and everyone treated me with kindness and dignity,” Stanley said. “My case worker Ms. Robin has been amazing. She helped me get a job, and now I’m getting ready to move into my own place. I’m so appreciative of Volunteers of America for treating me with the respect and dignity that I deserve as a veteran and as a human.”

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