U.S. Army veteran Christopher had no place to turn when he became homeless, but now, his future is bright, thanks to your generosity.

Christopher served in the Iraq War, but when COVID-19 halted the economy, he couldn’t pay his bills. That’s when he hit the road— literally.

Because he did not have transportation, he started walking from McComb, Miss., to the Louisiana State line, which is about 50 miles. With the help of a good Samaritan, he found his way to New Orleans.

That’s when our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program stepped in. The SSVF staff routinely visits homeless encampments looking for veterans who may need assistance. After seeing on the news that people were being displaced for nonpayment at hotels, the staff began calling hotels to see if there were any veterans and their families living there that may be eligible for the SSVF program. This is how we found Christopher.

“Within two weeks, Christopher was housed by SSVF, and he loves his new unit next to the lake in New Orleans East,” Program Manager DaVaughn Phillips says. “We are now helping him get the services he needs and get him back on his feet again. This is just one example of the hundreds of homeless veterans and their families that we serve as part of our mission.”

The SSVF program began in October 2011 and serves over 600 veterans a year across the state. Our Veterans Services programs receive referrals from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor as well as community and individual referrals

Thanks to your support, Volunteers of America will be able to continue to assist veterans for years to come.

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