PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
The need is unending there is always a veteran to help. Some previous cases have included leaking roofs, broken furnaces, and ADA modifications. We have secured donations of furniture and working appliances for Veterans living in empty homes. We also renovate decrepit housing into updated and modern homes to help tackle Veteran homelessness.
Hearth & Home
This is our flagship program, dedicated to providing Veterans with a safe home of their own. Working in conjunction with community Land Banks, we use local contractors and volunteers to remodel abandoned houses and make them a home. We then select a homeless Veteran to reside in the home—however, this is not a handout. The program requires the Veteran to enroll in programming designed to get them back on their feet. RWV will help them by introducing them to resources to help them with issues such as their finances, health, or credit. For five years, the Veteran will pay rent on the home—which can be subsidized through Section Eight. After the five years, the Veteran will have the opportunity to purchase the home at up to 50% of the market value. Unlike other homeless geared programs, we help furnish it with necessities, such as furniture and basic needs. Providing these Veterans with not just a roof over their head, but the dignity of having their own safe space to live.
Aging in Place
Many of our Aging population of Veterans love their homes and want to stay where they built their lives. We help them keep the cost of care down by retrofitting their homes to accommodate ADA modifications, energy efficient modifications, and needed medical equipment. We keep them in their home and out of high cost skilled facilities or nursing homes. Letting them Age in Place with a support network improves quality of life and overall health, knowing we are there for them.
Food insecurity threatens many of our Veterans. To help combat this, Ride with Valor partners with the our community partners to pass out parcels of food for Veterans in need. For holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, we also make it a priority to deliver turkeys, hams, and holiday meals for Veterans both at home and in shelters. We are also in the process of creating an apple orchard. Working in tandem with homeless shelters, this orchard will help keep Veterans in fresh produce–a difficult feat for them to accomplish alone due to costs.
Wings of Valor
One of the major obstacles for a Veteran obtaining the help that they need is transportation. Public transportation does not often reach out to where the people need it most. Wings of Valor works to refurbish used vehicles into reliable transportation. If you have any questions about any of these programs or are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, please contact us.