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ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSERY
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Assistance for Veterans has completed its first year here in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas and there is still a gigantic demand for food for our veterans. Many of the veterans we visit are between 65- and 85-year-old men and women who have proudly served in the Armed Forces of this great country. They are hungry and if we have the resources we will gladly bring them food.

Over the last year, we have not found another program like ours. We go out during the week and collect donated items and then we sort food, purchase tons of food at 19 cents a pound from a local food bank, then go out on weekly deliveries where hungry veterans count on our program. Our weekly journey adds up to hundreds of miles but we enjoy the challenge. We only wish we could do more. It is important to deliver food from all the food groups and we try to find cool treats like cereal, ham, chicken, candy, pies, cakes and hygiene items; basically anything we can get our hands on.

Our journey has not been without roadblocks and weekly struggles, like raising the money needed to purchase tons of food and then delivering it while traveling hundreds of miles on one run. But we will not allow a few hiccups to knock us down. Today we can proudly say that our doors are open in San Diego, California where we have received our first food donations and purchased food from the San Diego Food Bank to make sure we are delivering enough assortment of food assistance. We have had a great team there and we’re excited about this new venture. Before the year’s end, we want to open a food bank in another state.

Ladies and gentlemen, we need your help in the form of monetary donations and any many other ways, like clothing drives and canned food drives. Give us a call and we will get your donations into the hands of veterans who will be very grateful and we will receive their smiles and thanks on your behalf. We are looking forward to year number two here in Southern California and soon coming to a neighborhood near you.

WE CAN ALWAYS USE ANY DONATIONS TO ASSIST US IN OUR MISSION

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PLEASE HELP US FILL THESE NON PERISHABLE FOOD CONTAINERS WHICH ARE LOCATED AT MANY LOCATIONS - CLICK HERE

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SUMMER TIME IS HERE & IT’S A GREAT TIME
TO START A CANNED DRIVE IN YOUR COMMUNITY

June is always a tough month for fundraising as many American Legions and VFWs use the summer month to elect new executive board members and some just don’t have meetings to allow veterans to take vacation time. But for us, here at Assistance For Veterans, there are no breaks as we have veterans going to bed hungry and we have to do our best to assist these brave men and women with our “Veteran Food Assistance Packs.”

Our service is 100% delivery and we go everywhere in our mission. We have no boundaries and we look for no excuses when someone calls us that they are hungry. We just schedule it into our current deliveries and make sure to load up those extra bags of food. Our friend Allan Espinoza, veteran and founder of God Provides, always gives us extra food beyond what we purchase on a weekly basis as he knows our mission is a critical resource for many hungry female and male veterans.

We want to thank many brave volunteers who are standing guard at the old Pasadena Bridge where many of our brave veterans have committed suicide. It is one of the saddest statistics that no one wishes to bring much attention to as it is actually shocking to know that 20 of our brave men and women who have come home from overseas have taken their own lives. We here at Assistance For Veterans support these efforts and only wish we could do more. The term used is “Not On Our Watch” and we can only pray for our soldiers that are going through so much pain. We always call our veterans back who seek our help and our phone lines are open to listen to anyone who needs a friend to talk to. We remain connected to those we help because they count on our next visit.

So here we are, right before the Fourth of July weekend and we take no holidays when our work is not complete. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help us with loading and unloading tons of food. We are also looking for volunteers for fund raising, marketing and plenty of writing assignments. We are very easy to reach, calling 626-261-8805 is a great way to start or you can email us at AssistanceForVets@gmail.com and we will respond promptly. We are looking forward to starting our program soon in San Diego. One of our staff members lives there and he is a veteran and is ready to begin deliveries soon. We have located our first transitional home that we will visit and we’re now trying to lock down a good food bank source. Our plans for the first couple of trips will be to bring the food from our location here in the Los Angeles area.

One thing that saddens me the most is seeing women, children and the mentally ill living on the streets, some of which are probably veterans. When you see a young man or women who has given up on live, and you can clearly tell them apart from others, it is heartbreaking. There are homeless women who have been on the street for decades and this should not be happening here in America with the wealth that is here.

WE CAN ALWAYS USE ANY DONATIONS TO ASSIST US IN OUR MISSION

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PLEASE HELP US FILL THESE NON PERISHABLE FOOD CONTAINERS WHICH ARE LOCATED AT MANY LOCATIONS - CLICK HERE

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LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR
FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY APRIL 25

We are gearing up for the big event next weekend and our founder Major General Alfred Valenzuela is looking forward to meeting many veterans and also speaking to scouts on Saturday, April 25 at our food bank location. We are going to have a fun filled weekend with many important meetings planned in order to take us to the next step in our journey. We assist close to 100 veterans with food assistance every single week and our only problem is that we wish we were assisting hundreds more every week. That is our goal!

Our long term plans are to take our program on the road and having a two-star general as our founder demands that we do things on a large scale and that is exactly what we intend to do. This is why MG Valenzuela is coming to Los Angeles to announce our plans and to request help of those who want to stand tall in the support of our veterans in need. We are always amazed when we hear from a potential donor that he does not want to help us because he believes the homeless and in-need veterans that we are assisting every week are not from their community. How can someone put boundaries when assisting a veteran who traveled thousands of miles and performed his and her duties of defending this great country under extreme situations? I hope people think twice before setting boundaries on assisting a veteran in need.

One thing to keep in mind is that once a homeless veteran decides he or she has had enough of living under the stars and shivering at night because of the extreme weather conditions in Los Angeles (with very hot days and very cold nights), that veteran seeks help at the closest VA hospital where all homeless veterans programs are administered from. That veteran will find a bed that same day wherever a bed is available and not where he or she wishes to stay. So a veteran at a transitional home in El Segundo, for example, could be from West Covina. Most are not concerned where they end up as long as it has a warm bed and roof over their heads. See you at our fundraiser, come say hello to our founder MG Valenzuela and enjoy a fun evening of food, comedy, magic and great entertainment.

APRIL 3, 4, 10 AND 11TH ABOVE AND BELOW - DONATE TODAY

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YOUR DONATION HARD AT WORK-WE DELIVER THE MEAT, THE EGSS PLUS ALL THE OTHER ITEMS, ON YOUR BEHALF

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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO OUR FUNDRAISER

The month of March is over and another two weeks of deliveries have past us by and we are looking forward to one day soon having our own food bank location to better serve our veterans who are in the most in need of food assistance. We will always be a delivery service because our program is designed to help those veterans who are in the most need. Our “Veterans Food Assistance Packs” offer quality food with all the food groups for a healthier tomorrow. Because of the great work Major General Alfred Valenzuela is doing in the Los Angeles area with this our program, we are able to assist many veterans weekly and we only plan on doing the same in other states because of his desire to make this program a reality and never let any veteran go to bed hungry. Our plans are to have our own fully operational food banks across America from the West Coast to the East Coast. There will always be hungry veterans and we only wish to help.

We want to invite everyone to our fundraiser on Saturday, April 25 at American Legion Post 790 in West Covina. This is going to be a fun event. Our headliner is MG Valenzuela (ret) and he will be signing autographs of his book and will also sign any item you wish. He will also speak to the group gathered. Everyone will have a chance to come up to the stage where MG Valenzuela will be seated and meet him from 6pm to 7:30pm where he will sign autographs and take pictures. We have a raffle, then comedy and magic, live entertainment and music by DJ Shout.

We have some great donations for our raffle, which equal more than $1,000 of cool stuff for your $5 raffle donation. Our current grand prizes are a $250 bottle of Edicion 1800 Del Nuevo Milenio Gran Reserva Tequila Anejo; a $100 gift certificate to Bartels' Harley Davidson Marina Del Rey; Thump Records Latin Oldies 12CD box set valued at $120; two auto details at Premier Chrysler of West Covina next door to American Legion location of event. Other prizes include various bottles of Tequila and quality wines; two $50 gift certificates from Glendale Harley Davidson; Thump Records Old School 5CD Box set; Latin Oldies Trilogy and Circus Disco Box Set; John Lennon art piece from USart.com; two very nice Army backpacks; several cool T-shirts and other nice items. See you there!

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WE DELIVER TO SAME LOCATIONS EVERY WEEK ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS ABOVE AND BELOW ASSISTING OUR VETERANS

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GETTING READY FOR OUR FUNDRAISER
AT POST 790 WEST COVINA

It was interesting a couple of weeks back when I sat to write my biweekly update for our weekly missions and I mentioned the weather. We had just had a very cold week and a two-day storm passed us by and dropped a good amount of snow on our mountains. Then the following week, we hit record highs. Just this past weekend the temperature hit 100 degrees. It just amazes me and I have been here most my life. Just imagine what a homeless person goes through, shivering one night and trying to find shade the next day, and in between that having to survive one day at a time.

We keep making our calls to raise money for this very important mission and you can imagine how many others have called that same place for assistance, so it is a daily battle trying to raise a few bucks. Every food bank that can provide large amounts of food like we need will ask for money for their service and we have no problem paying for quality food that we can redistribute back into the hands of a homeless and in-need veterans. We travel across the Los Angeles area and surrounding cities driving 200 miles a week as part of our mission and we sure wish Big Oil did not play games with the price of gas. It sure was nice for a few weeks to pay $2.25 a gallon, which is the price it should be at all the time, right? Sorry, I just had to mention how nice it was to pay a reasonable price for gas.

Please come to America Legion Post 790 in West Covina on Saturday, April 25th for a great evening. We will have a BBQ meal and our founder, MG Alfred Valenzuela (ret), will meet and greet every guest. He will be signing copies of his book, No Greater Love The Lives and Times of Hispanic Soldiers. He will also sign any item of your choice. MG Valenzuela will also speak to our guests and is looking forward to meet everyone. We will also have a nice raffle, comedy by Sebastian Cetina, comedy and magic by The Great Omar, and a Tribute to Elvis by Dean Hayek, also DJ Shout will spin music for the evening.

We want to thank American Legion Post 277 also Maria and Michael Munoz for their assistance with our mission, as well as all of our Committed Partners. It is hard work like many have said, having to raise funds every week and wanting to help more homeless and in-need veterans because we know there are many more that would enjoy our weekly visits. It will happen. We can’t let a few “No’s” get us down. We have to remain focused knowing that our mission is very important and look at the big picture—the smile on that veteran who is enjoying a nice meal courtesy of the kind hearts of many is worth it all.

 

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MARCH 6TH AND 7TH ABOVE AND MARCH 13 & 14 BELOW

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ANOTHER TWO WEEKS DELIVERING TO OUR VETERANS
IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE WITH A SMILE ON OUR FACE

Another two weeks have passed and things are going very well with our weekly deliveries but there are many other locations we wish we could be assisting with our “Veterans Food Assistance Packs.” If you see our pictures we have been loading up our tables at our locations with loafs of bread piled high; 50 plus canned items—most donated to us by some very kind organizations, which I will mention shortly. Then we have our produce; amazing cakes and pies; milk of all types; and some great tasting iced coffee. We received a bunch of cartons and got them right into the hands of our veterans in need of food assistance. We also have been purchasing a lot of meat, and our friend Allan Espinoza, veteran and director of God Provides Food Bank, donated a bunch of meat, as well as extra dairy items and anything he had extra. We have been increasing our egg deliveries and we hope to do even more soon.

We are gearing up for our big fundraiser and headlining the event is our co-founder, Major General Alfred Valenzuela (ret.) who is looking forward to visiting his fellow soldiers and young veterans who have served so proudly. The event will be held Saturday, April 25 at West Covina American Legion Post 790. We will have food, music, comedy, raffles and much more, plus MG Valenzuela will speak during the event. We hope everyone can join us. We are working on some music acts, there will also be a DJ all night and we have over $1,000 dollars in prizes for our raffle and possibly more as we near the event. We will have updates on our website as we come closer to the big day. MG Valenzuela will be speaking to several Boy Scout groups during his visit and we’ll have a press conference to announce our future plans with our programs.

We just picked up a truckload of clothing donated to us by Patriots and Paws in Orange County. We sorted through the clothes and made sure we knew what we were delivering to our veterans. We have everything ready for this week’s deliveries and the clothes will be delivered to the homes and complex we visit every single week. We would like to thank Commander Michael Felix and VFW Post 10218 for their donation of canned items that we were able to deliver on their behalf to veterans in need. We also want to thank Commander Quemada and American Legion Post 804 for their kind donation, which has helped us greatly in our mission. We invite everyone to come and join MG Valenzuela on Saturday, April 25 as he wants to meet as many veterans as possible to thank them for their service.

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LADIES AT VILLAGES AT CABRILLO HELPING SORT FOOD DELIVERED FOR OUR VETERANS ON FEBRUARY 6TH 2015

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MOST OF THESE CANS ABOVE WERE DONATED BY OUR KIND FRIENDS AT VFW AND AMERICAN LEGION LOCATIONS WE VISIT

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THIS PICTURE ABOVE IS FROM FEBRUARY 13TH EVERY WEEK WE LOAD UP THREE TABLES FOR OUR VETERANS WHO NEED FOOD ASSITANCE

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THESE TWO PICTURES OUR FROM OUR SATURDAY DELIVERIES TO INLAND EMPIRE AND SAN GABRIEL VALLEY - FEBRUARY 7 AND FEBRUARY 14TH

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LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR
JUST PAST AND THE FUTURE AHEAD

Here we are in the new year of 2015 with our mission being to help as many veterans as possible. We are not satisfied with just assisting more than 50 veterans a week with food and clothing. We want to reach 100 veterans on a weekly basis with food and clothing and with your help we can easily do this. We just added Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach to our weekly schedule and delivered what we could and plan on expanding our service to this location. We already asked our friend Allan Espinoza, Director of God Provides Food Bank, for assistance with this location. We plan on delivering 300 pounds of quality food, which we purchased and look for our friend to toss in as much extra stuff as possible—being a veteran himself, he had no problem with our plan.

This past year we drove over 3,000 miles and delivered almost seven tons of quality food to our veterans in need and all we can think of is how can we do more? We are now a non-profit organization and look for donations in the form of money or your car, boat, truck or RV that we can turn into cash for our mission. We know of many other locations where there are veterans who could use food assistance and we plan on eventually adding them to our weekly deliveries.

For many who have kept up with our posts, we are now only posting every other week, so twice a month you will be seeing my comments. We will continue to deliver to our locations as much food that is necessary, depending on how many veterans are staying at each location. The locations we visit that are homes or apartments usually house 12 veterans per location. As a veteran feels he can move on, either because he has found work or is now living in a permanent situation because of Section 8 or HUD VASH, then a new face appears to take that bed that was left available.

We are panning a couple of fundraisers this coming year; the first a small music event with a silent auction and then this summer we hope to have our first celebrity golf tournament. So we hope to visit with you soon as we make our weekly visits to our American Legions and VFW’s seeking assistance with our mission. We know we are doing an important service, we see it in the faces of those veterans we have the opportunity to assist and it gives us great joy. We only plan on growing stronger this coming year.

 

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DELIVERING TOYS POST THE HOLIDAYS, KIDS LOVE OPENING THEM. THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM OUR FIRST TWO WEEKS OF 2015 DELIVERIES

 

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WHO DOESN'T LIKE SWEETS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE OK TOO

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2 VEHICLE DELIVERY FOR JANUARY 2015, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PETE ABOVE

 

 

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FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR OUR VETERANS
AND PLANNING OUR FIRST FUNDRAISER

We want to thank our “Committed Partners” as we could not carry out our mission without your support. We are really enjoying a new location that we visit in Long Beach. It is called Villages At Cabrillo and 300 veterans who were having a difficult time with housing now call this place home. It is a beautiful location and well taken care of, but many veterans here struggle getting enough food to eat. We want to do more for this location but we need your support. We purchased 300 pounds of sorted food, plus extra meat and eggs, then our friend Allan Espinoza, director of God Provides Food Bank, donated a nice amount of meat products and anything else he had extra. We are very grateful for his help. We plan on delivering more to this location as we are currently delivering nearly 500 pounds here and close to 50 veterans are seeking food assistance and everyone is very grateful for our weekly efforts on your behalf.

Our friends Commander Mike Laughlin and all the members of VFW Post 7243 in Hawaiian Gardens stepped up and donated a large box of canned items and we were able to give these items to our veterans throughout our weekly route. Thank you for your help. Our current route now consists of two days, Friday and Saturday. We visit Villages at Cabrillo on Friday, and on Saturday we will be in San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire visiting three homes housing our veterans. Our plan is to help more veterans and before this year ends we will be doing the same service in San Antonio, Texas and continue from there. Our co-founder Major General Alfred Valenzuela (ret) would not have it any other way. We are hoping someone reading this sees our work as an important part in helping our homeless veterans return back to a normal life and want to support our efforts.

The photos in this story are from two weeks of deliveries and I just purchased another vehicle to help us in our mission. This is my personal vehicle, which I am donating to the organization for this important cause. We needed more room to deliver clothes and now we have four large AC vents keeping the food we deliver cool. We plan to deliver clothes throughout the year as we make our rounds. We are a non-profit 501 c3 organization and any donations would be greatly appreciated. You will receive a receipt and a huge smile for your kindness. We also accept vehicles, boats, RV’s or anything we can turn into cash to buy more food to distribute back to our brave men and women who serve this great country and today they need food assistance.

We also want announce that on Saturday, April 25 we will have our first fundraiser and Commander Art Perez and all the members of American Legion Post 790 stepped up big time and donated their hall for this very important event. Come meet and greet Major General Alfred Valenzuela (ret), a highly decorated soldier who served 33 years for this great country. We will have music, autograph signings, food, raffles and some special music guests we will announce shortly. Tickets will be available on our website this coming week and we will mail them to you. It is going to be a fun night. We hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

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WE LOAD UP THREE TABLES WITH QUALITY FOOD FOR OUR VETERANS IN NEED OF FOOD ASSISTANCE, JANUARY 23RD - COULD USE YOUR HELP, !

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BELOW WAS OUR DELIVERY ON 1/24/15 TO INLAND EMPIRE WHERE WE DELIVER FOOD ASSISTANCE TO THREE HOMES HOUSING OUR VETERANS

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BELOW WAS OUR DELIVERY ON 1/30/15 TO LONG BEACH, CA WHERE WE DELIVER FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR OUR VETERANS

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BELOW WAS OUR DELIVERY ON 1/31/15 TO INLAND EMPIRE HOMES HOUSING OUR VETERANS IN NEED OF FOOD ASSISTANCE

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HELP START A CAN DRIVE TO ASSIST A VETERAN IN NEED

Another a fulfilling week here at Assistance For Veterans, which leaves us thinking of new ideas on how we can serve our veterans in need of assistance this coming year, we delivered our normal 800 pounds of quality food this week, which aptly feeds about 50 veterans. We also have a couple of veterans that are still living on our streets and we take them a weekly supply of food that I am able to select myself, thanks to our friend Allan Espinoza at God Provides Food Bank. I am happy to say both of these veterans will be off the streets soon, one is waiting on his housing voucher.

On Saturday, I got a call from Commander John Hardin from VFW Post 10166 in Torrance, and he said, “We have a large heavy box of food for your program.” We were there within hours and just as described, a large heavy box of non-perishable items, mostly canned items for our veterans, which will help greatly, added several items to our existing packages and our veterans will now have an extra three items thanks to our friends at Post 10166. We will do this for several weeks until those items are all distributed. We hope we can have many other VFW’s, American Legion’s and Am vets to assist us with our mission; we have visited over 40 to date. We also want to thank Commander Art Perez and American Legion Post 790 for their assistance and becoming a “Committed Partner” for our program. We also want to thank our “Committed Partners” for their support—we could not do this without them.

We drove to Orange, CA this past weekend and picked up a load of clothing from our friend Penny at Patriots and Paws and delivered the majority of the clothing over to Villages At Cabrillo where 300 veterans are housed. Many are just recently off the street and have become permanent residents. This was our first time there and it looks like a great place and a great program for our veterans. This all starts at your local VA hospital and the Social Services office, every veteran that comes to any VA hospital looking for assistance will be helped and assigned a social worker. Any homeless veteran that has been on the streets for over a year qualifies for HUD-VASH, which is housing assistance program for homeless veterans. We will be delivering food weekly to this location, Villages at Cabrillo, starting in January. Once we add a location, we are committed to visiting there every week with our food program.

We are getting ready for Stand Down at the Convention Center in Los Angeles taking place December 20 and 21. Please visit their website for more information. Everyone is welcome and you can and volunteer and see how you can get involved in helping a struggling veteran. We will have a booth and we look forward to meeting everyone and plan on giving away clothing and some non-perishable food items and show our support for this great event.

I have really enjoyed these past four months. We have met many great people and hope to meet many more. We hope with support from our friends that we will be able to do this for many years to come.

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PICTURED BELOW IS SECOND DELIVERY OF THE DAY, TOP PHOTOS WERE OUR FIRST LOAD OF QUALITY FOOD FOR OUR VETERANS

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COME VISIT US AT OUR STAND DOWN
BOOTH AT THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER

We have been busy getting ready for Stand Down at the Convention Center this weekend. We picked up two truckloads of clothing for veterans. We’ll sort through the clothing and take the best and most appropriate clothing to the event for any veteran to take. We also plan on taking energy drinks. Stop by and say hello. We will have our Assistance For Veterans banner up so you can’t miss us.

Last week’s delivery of our “Veteran Food Assistance Packs” went very well. We were able to meet up with Esperanza and William, directors of Almost Home where twelve female veterans currently live. They will also be having a booth at Stand Down, which was created to assist veterans in need, so they can locate the resources they need all in one place and to start the process of healing and getting a roof over their head.

We look forward to 2015 and plan on growing to the next level. We are looking for ways of getting our hands on more food to redistribute back to veterans in need. We are also seeking out donations of any kind that we can turn into money to buy food and help us with our expenses and vehicle repairs. We are also searching for vehicle donations that we can repair and donate back to veterans that can use the vehicle to get to work and help with their daily tasks. We could also use a large truck for our pickups and deliveries. If you have any questions or know of a veteran in need, don’t hesitate to give us a call as we will do our best to answer your questions. We look forward to helping as many veterans as possible in the upcoming year.

 

ABOVE PHOTO WAS FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR THREE HOMES AND BELOW IS FOOD FOR ALMOST HOME IN WEST COVINA

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ANOTHER WEEK DELIVERING VETERANS
ASSISTANCE PACKS TO OUR VETS IN NEED

We want to open with a huge thank you to Esperanza Ortega and her husband William. Esperanza is the director and founder of Almost Home, a transitional housing for female veterans and children and she invited us to her open house in West Covina this week. It was also a pleasure to meet Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and the many great people that attended the event. We dropped off our weekly food delivery, mingled a bit and went on with our other deliveries. It has been an amazing three months sense we began our mission. There have been “downer” moments but like we were told early on, never give up and just keep doing what you are doing, and days like today make up for any rough patches.

Time passes quickly when you are having fun. We have visited over 30 American Legions, VFW’s and Am Vets to date and it has been a welcoming experience. We have had some free meals; great correspondence and we hope to continue this program of visiting our brothers and sisters at their monthly meetings. We are currently assisting 50 veterans with our “Veterans Assistance Packs” and things are looking promising and we hope to be helping many more veterans with food assistance in the near future. This week we would like to thank our “committed partner,” American Legion Post 43 for their support. We are always looking for non-perishable food items and warm clothing for those cold nights—we can deliver these items for you to encampments that are home too many, including our veterans.

We visited Skid Row last week and got to meet many people volunteering in any way possible to help feed and heal our homeless. I am sure many people have been brain storming how to solve our homeless situation around Los Angeles, HUD-VASH and other programs are available—they just take time and patience, which many people find difficult.

CONGRESSWOMAN GRACE NAPOLITANO PICTURED ABOVE WITH ALFRED (ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS) & WILLIAM (ALMOST HOME)

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ALMOST HOME TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR FEMALE VETERANS BELOW

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LIGHTHOUSE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING FOR MEN BELOW

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WE ARE OFFICIALLY A NON PROFIT
AND HOPE TO DO GREAT THINGS WITH YOUR SUPPORT

Believe it or not, the best letter I have ever received was from the Internal Revenue Service. It was our 501 C3 approval letter and now we can proudly say that we are a non-profit organization when we solicit donations for our mission of helping our veterans with food assistance and to deliver hygiene products and clothing. Our new non-profit status makes things a little easier although we still have to convince a donor that 100% of their money is being recycled back into the community. The numbers are staggering when you start to add up all our veterans who are living on the streets and those in transitional housing. With your kind donation we can assist our veterans with a weekly delivery of quality food as we only wish to help more veterans and give more on your behalf.

Someone may have noticed we are now making our weekly delivery on Fridays, and soon hope to add Saturdays as well. As we add more locations we will have to add another day to our delivery route. We also have to deal with moving around the city as our current route covers 175 miles round trip and soon that will increase and it will be a pleasure to add a new location and hopefully we can continue this trend. This week we want to thank Commander Ernie Rodriguez and American Legion Post 716, and Commander Heliodoro Duarte Jr and American Legion Post 508. We also want to thank our Committed Partners.

We enjoy our mission and want to help those veterans that are living on the street. If you know of a homeless veteran who is ready to get off the street we are ready to help. We will pick up this veteran, male or female, and take them to the correct place for the help they need. There is a bed for our veterans who wish to get off the streets; the programs that are offered vary depending on each person’s situation and where that program is available. We live in a huge city and these transitional homes are everywhere but there are communities, which have fewer beds available; and one is the Inland Empire where the homeless veterans outnumber the beds that are available so they may be relocated if necessary. If you decide to take a homeless veteran off the street and wish to drive them yourself, you just need to drive them to one of the VA Hospitals and take them to see a social worker, or we can do this as well, just call, text or email us.

We always enjoy making our deliveries and we look forward to seeing those veterans that come out to help us. We are looking forward to the day when we can have extra food items and clothing to include in our deliveries.

 

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PICTURED BELOW IS SECOND DELIVERY OF THE DAY, TOP PHOTOS WERE OUR FIRST LOAD OF QUALITY FOOD FOR OUR VETERANS

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TWO SUV LOADS OF QUALITY FOOD
FOR OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

Just another super hot day in Los Angeles but we could not let a little extreme heat stop us from our weekly mission of delivering our “Veteran Assistance Packs” to our less fortunate veterans. Today was another exciting day as we are now delivering two small SUV loads of quality food to our homeless veteran shelters; the first load was for three shelters, which equaled 600 pounds and our second load was close to 300 pounds. Because this is also a special place on our route, this location houses 12 female veterans and their children, including a husband and wife plus their infant child born several weeks ago.

This last Sunday, my cousin and I had the honor of spending our afternoon on Skid Row in the heart of homelessness in Los Angeles. You can Google San Julian Street and 6th street, plus many blocks in either direction and you will see hundreds of tents set up on the sidewalks. We were visiting with many people doing great work. Every Sunday on San Julian Street between 6th and 7th Street, this group of incredible people feed close to 1,000 of our homeless. The feeding starts after some great music performed by many, but always led by Pastor Frank who has the most incredible voice. You actually think you are listening to the radio, but he is singing live and playing his keyboards. He is the founder at this location and many have joined since to contribute. The feeding starts around 2pm and continues until 5pm or until the line ends. We were able to speak to many that are struggling to make it through each day; we were also looking for veterans we can lend a helping hand to. Then there were the amazing stories on how many organizations are here working on getting all our homeless off the streets throughput the greater City of Los Angeles and surrounding cities, which is no easy task.

Today as we delivered our “Veteran Assistance Packs,” we were able to hear some great stories from our friends that we visit on a weekly basis, this being the most important part of the program, “every week.” On our first stop, we met one of the coolest guys—he has a long, white beard and he has been sober for the first time in his adult-life. He has been at this shelter going on one year and sober ever sense. He is so grateful for the roof over his head and for the food we are able to bring thanks to Commander Steve Campos and American Legion Post 411; Commander Eddie (Deno) Blankenship and American Legion Post 79; also Commander Michael Felix and VFW Post 10218. He sounded excited being able to say the word “sober” for the first time. His story was nice to hear and I am glad he shared it with us.

One of our stops is currently housing 12 veterans and it was good to hear they had two new veterans who just came onboard; it was actually their first day and we delivered 200 pounds of food here, so the case manager Mr. Earl Pems made sure those two gentlemen got first pick of the food. He mentioned that they look forward to our deliveries and four of five veterans come out and helped. After this delivery we had to come back to the food bank to load up again for our last stop—this place is also very special because we were able to meet some cool people. We got to meet a veteran who helped us haul food inside. His wife just had a child. We also met a very nice and strong female veteran who helped as well. She was happy to see the healthy food and was already planning what she was going to cook that evening. She made us aware that most of the women like to eat healthy and appreciate the quality of the food we deliver. The cakes we delivered were going to be tempting but hopefully she can work through the temptation. We like coming here and Allan Espinoza, the director of God Provides Food Bank where we purchase our food, gave us a bunch of extra food for this location. This delivery had to have been close to 300 pounds—a case of oranges; a case of apples; a case of large juices; plus some extra meat products, including two Veteran Assistance Packs. We love coming to this food bank!

Just another successful day delivering healthy food to our veterans throughout the Los Angeles and Inland Empire communities. We are basically the helping hand of those America Legions and VFW’s we visit weekly. Many of the veterans are getting older, most are Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, but there are still some World War II veterans on their rooster of members. Then there are the new veterans, those that served during the Iraq War. One problem, they need more young veterans to join the American Legion and VFW’s so they can take over one day and continue the mission of assisting those veterans and families who can use the help. Most of the buildings are paid for so it would make sense for these younger veterans to come onboard; these are some of the friendliest most welcoming people I have ever met.  

THIS WAS OUR SECOND MISSION OF THE DAY AND WE LOVE SERVING OUR LESS FORTUNATE VETERANS

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LOADED TO THE MAX
700 LBS OF FOOD DELIVERED TO OUR LESS FORTUNATE VETERANS

We are feeling really good today. We had such a good week last week that we were able to add one additional shelter housing our veterans to our delivery route. Today we met Esperanza Ortega, the founder and director from The Hook Up Resource Center, and Almost Home, a female veteran shelter located in West Covina. It feels great to know that we are able to feed so many people on a weekly basis with the help from our friends at the American Legions and VFW’s that we visit. This week we want to thank, Commander Leroy and American Legion Post 75, also, we would like to thank Commander Michael Berru and American Legion Post 139 for their donations.

We loaded our vehicle from one end to another and as high as possible, and delivered one trip with 700 pounds of quality food for our veterans who appreciate the help greatly. Our first stop was West Covina and Esperanza was there to meet us at Almost Home where they house 12 female veterans and their children in a very nice home. One interesting thing is that they have had a special guest staying there temporarily until they can find them a permanent place. It is a veteran with his wife who was nine months pregnant and did not have a place to stay. Many people were involved in getting them a place and we are happy to hear that just a few days ago our veteran’s wife gave birth so there is an infant staying there now too.

We plan on delivering 200 pounds of food to this location, on this particular trip we left 100 pounds and now that we know they can use more, we will do our best with the support from our friends. This now makes four shelters that we delivered food to today, and believe me, these veterans are grateful for the help and we just completed our first month on this journey. We hope to continue our mission on a weekly basis.

When we got back from our trip today, I had met a homeless veteran a few days back that has been on the street for a long time he is staying in Whittier,CA and I promised him some food. First I asked him if he would you like food or money, and he actually prefers food, so I stopped by God Provides food bank where I purchase my food and grabbed two bags of mostly non-perishable items and drove over to Whittier and dropped off the food. I wanted to help this veteran get off the streets but he mentioned he will have a place soon as he just got approved for Section 8, so once he is in his new place we will take him 100 pounds of food weekly so he won’t have to worry about that part of recovery.

One thing that we see as we visit these shelters where our veterans are getting treatment and assistance is that they can live productive lives. These men and women are working hard on getting back on their feet. They are not just there to get food and a shelter. These shelters are not permanent, most are one or two-year programs. If you know of a veteran that is ready to get off the street, give us a call and we will take care of the rest.

 

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ESPERANZA ORTEGA AND ALFRED PEREZ DURING OUR VISIT

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ALMOST HOME ABOVE HOUSING FEMALE VETERANS AND THEIR CHILDREN

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THIS IS THE LAST SHELTER WE VISIT ON OUR WEEKLY TRIP THEY HOUSE 12 VETERANS HERE AND WE LEAVE 200 POUNDS OF FOOD

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FULL LOAD, WE ALWAYS RUN THE AIR CONDITIONER FULL BLAST

 

 

 

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LET’S ASSIST A VETERAN IN NEED THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

The holiday season is upon us and time flies when you are having fun, so pretty soon it will be a new year as our journey continues. It was interesting to read last year that some politicians actually put a date on when they predicted there would be an end to homelessness in Los Angeles. Well, I think they wish they could take back what they said because many cities put their homeless on a bus and send them to downtown Los Angeles and the cycle continues.

Many become homeless because of bad luck and are now stuck on the street; it could have been an emergency hospital stay that drained all their savings or a lost job. The process of getting off the street starts with putting your name on the Section 8 list and waiting the six months to a year to see if you will get a voucher for housing. For a veteran, he or she starts at their local VA Hospital where they have a social worker that will help them with the process of getting HUD-VASH, a program like Section 8 but created for our homeless veterans to get them off the street.

Any homeless veteran is welcome at Building 402 at the West Los Angeles VA, from there they are put up for the night, usually starting at The Haven part of the Salvation Army located across the street. They call this area the Brentwood side; this land was deeded many years ago for the care of veterans. There are many organizations there housing our veterans. The usual stay at The Haven is 30 days and they are being guided by their social worker assigned to them. From there the process of getting HUD-VASH or Section 8 housing begins. In the meantime, veterans are placed in a housing program that works best for their situation, which involves going to meetings daily to help them transition from being homeless and now getting their life back in order. Most programs last one to two years depending on each case and the veteran can leave at any time; hopefully back into the community and not back sleeping on the streets.

For a homeless person and our homeless veterans, the process may seam slow but the eventual outcome will be a roof over their head and hopefully a bright future. The golden word is patience, but for a homeless person this may sound and feel like an eternity. The program available for veterans I think is amazing, they just have to be ready to follow the rules and want to get off the street. They will be housed from the first day they arrive and they should arrive early and expect to spend the whole day waiting. Once a bed is found for them, they can take a van across the street and get housed and the next day and many days to come they should expect to visit their social worker and get fully checked out at the VA hospital all within walking distance from their new temporary home.

Sometimes, when there is not a permanent bed in Brentwood, they may be assigned a different location in  Los Angeles. The same goes on at the Long Beach VA and Loma Linda VA locations, and they will be housed somewhere in that area and begin the process of getting another chance.

We visit these transitional houses and apartment units and deliver our “Veteran Food Assistance Packs” with great quality food. We are now in the first week of November and we delivered food to four places, leaving 200 pounds at each one. We want to deliver more food to many more locations and assist many more veterans with food and clothing. Please help us with our mission by becoming a “Committed Partner” today.

 

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WE MAKE TWO TRIPS DELIVERING OUR VETERAN FOOD ASSISTANCE PACKS

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WHAT BETTER WAY TO ASSIST A VETERAN IN NEED THAN WITH A HEALTHY MEAL THAT WE DELIVER WEEKLY ON YOUR BEHALF

We have now completed our third month of delivering our “Veteran Food Assistance Packs” to our veterans who our now living in transitional housing and several veterans still on the street. Hopefully that will be resolved soon as well. We were hoping to add a couple new locations to our route but that is not possible at the moment as we are still looking for a few committed partners to help us with our mission. We have the locations already planned out and every time we add a new location, we must be able to deliver 200 pounds of food on a weekly basis. We are hoping the New Year brings us some partners to make this happen. Currently we are assisting 50 veterans with our “Veterans Assistance Packs” but we will not be satisfied until we reach 100 veterans weekly, then we will not be satisfied until we reach 200 veterans weekly. We can do this together, just call or email us and tell us you want to be a “Committed Partner”.

We always enjoy seeing new faces at the homes we visit with our food assistance and we also love delivering cool stuff like cakes or additional meat products when we have extra finances. On another note, one thing we are looking forward to is Thanksgiving because we already put in our order for turkeys with our friend Allan Espinoza, the Director at God Provides Food Bank where we purchase all our food. We plan on delivering turkeys to all the homes on our route and these will be large 15-plus pound turkeys. This week we got a nice food donation from Rod Perkins, a member of American Legion Post 328. We also want to thank Commander Heliodoro Duarte Jr and American Legion Post 508 for their assistance with this week’s deliveries, plus our "Committed Partner."

I have always hated when our cold weather returns because of all the homeless people on the street, including our veterans who have served this country. No one wants to be shivering the night away. I am helping one veteran and we talk almost daily; some days he sounds terrible in the mornings, you can hear his pain from enduring a cold night. We plan on taking him back to West Los Angeles VA housing soon. The sad thing is he gets three payday loans to survive the month and when he gets his small check, most of it is gone and he is back getting loans, which have extremely high interest rates. He has decided that the street life is not good for him and he is ready to give the program a complete attempt and work on his transition from homelessness, and we hope things will be brighter for this veteran.

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FOOD ASSISTINANCE FOR OUR VETERAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN NEED

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HELP FEED VETERANS IN NEED OF FOOD
ASSISTANCE ON A WEEKLY BASIS

We are enjoying our mission and only wish we could do more. We know of many other veterans in transitional housing that could use food assistance and hope we can soon be able to deliver our “Veteran Assistance Packs” to them as well. We are only a small part of this program—the important parts are those that support our mission because we do this on their behalf. We like seeing our SUV completely full of food.

Most transitional housing in Los Angeles and surrounding cities are full because of the great work of many organizations working together on the same mission—to end homelessness in America. It can be done but it will take many years because the problem is that big. Every city in America has a homeless issue and we can’t just look away, we need to reach out. Many need extra care but together we are going in the right direction. I don’t know the exact number but in a 60-mile radius of downtown Los Angeles, there are thousands of men and women in transitional housing hoping to stay off the streets for good. Then there are thousands still on the streets living amongst us all. They are under bridges, in encampments along riverbeds, wilderness areas and in downtown Los Angeles they live right on the sidewalk for miles and miles. The most common item they all need is good, quality food every day so they can think straight and hopefully get off the streets.

Our goal is to grow and because we are a veteran organization we help many veterans every week. We are currently serving around 50 veterans. We also reach out to those in need that are still living on the streets, we deliver clothes, food and they need sleeping bags the most because the weather has gotten colder at night. We are always looking to take a veteran off the street and are helping a few with two bags of mostly non-perishable items. We know of several encampments that could use food assistance and have no problem visiting those areas hoping to help anyone. This is our calling, we will do our best to accomplish our work, all we need is your support and we can log in the miles with the delivery of tons of food assistance for our veterans and we will do it with a smile on your behalf.

 

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FIRST TRIP HERE FOR THREE HOMES AND SECOND TRIP OF THE DAY TOP PHOTO

 

 

 

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DELIVERING FOOD TO OUR VETERANS WHO APPRECIATE THE FOOD ASSISTANCE, HELP US FEED A VETERAN TODAY AND WEEKLY

On the first Tuesday in October, we were able to deliver 800 pounds of quality food to help our veterans in need on behalf of our first committed partner, Commander Donald C Schilling and American Legion Post 43, as well as Commander John Weir and American Legion Post 180. We are always looking to expand our efforts far ahead of the funds needed but because we know the need is there we will succeed in our mission.

We are asking our American Legions, VFW’s and AMVETS to assist us in our efforts to deliver food on their behalf. There are many that can use what we offer; a weekly delivery of good, quality food in the form of our “Veterans Assistance Packs.” Because we are just a small grassroots organization, we like helping were the assistance is most needed. We want to help more veterans in need on a weekly basis so just give us a call and say you want to become a Committed Partner.

This past week was very rewarding as we were able to help our first homeless veteran get off the street. It was not an easy task but we did not give up and with much persuading, we were able to take him back to where he had been just last week but for some reason he was back on those cold concrete floors we call sidewalks and he called home. We never give up on a veteran once we take them to a transitional home. We are always a phone call away, ready to listen and help with the transition back into a normal life with a warm place to call home. We have communicated almost every day for two weeks now. The most rewarding is to listen to his voice a couple of days after arriving to his transitional home. He felt relaxed and a huge load was taken off his shoulders. He sounded so happy and excited to have a second chance.

We like our work and want to do much more as we are committed to our mission and we have the experience required to work with homeless veterans and those in transition. We will travel as many miles as needed and wish to help those that need help the most. We are looking for canned items, clothes, sleeping bags and any other item we can deliver to our veterans right here in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities on your behalf. Just give us a call or email us. We visit transitional homes housing over 50 veterans every week, what a great way to reach a veteran in need here in our communities. It is important for us to document our work so our Committed Partners can see the work we do on a weekly basis. Today was a big cake day. We had a couple and they were awesome! We had so many cakes on our first delivery and on our second load of the day we delivered a huge cake to Almost Home, which houses female veterans and their children. We were so happy to bring a smile to the kids.

ANOTHER DELIVERY OF QUALITY FOOD FOR ALMOST HOME

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FRAZEE COMMUNITY CENTER SERVING OUR VETERANS IN NEED

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WHEN WE ARRIVED WE WERE GIVEN A LARGE BOX WITH CAKES FOR OUR DELIVERIES, ALWAYS A NICE TREAT

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SEPTEMBER 30TH DELIVERIES BELOW

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SEPTEMBER 30TH, ALMOST HOME ABOVE, 200 POUNDS OF HEALTHY FOOD FOR OUR FEMALE VETERANS & THEIR CHILDREN

Just another beautiful fall day in the City of Angels and it’s those angels who looked out for us on our travels and made sure we were safe during our 175-mile mission delivering our “Veteran Assistance Packs” to veterans in need. It felt nice to load up a vehicle with 600 pounds of quality food while it was still cool outside. We liked the idea of coming back and loading up again, especially to deliver another 200+ pounds to another transitional home helping our veterans get back on the right course. With the help of our friends and partners we can grow and help more veterans who need assistance. This week we want to thank Commander Morris Abrams and Post 280, as well as Commander William Schmitt and Post 500 for their assistance with our deliveries.

We visited Stand Down for homeless veterans in Orange County this past weekend and it’s apparent that the homeless situation runs across America as one in four homeless are veterans who defended this country with honor. We cannot let our homeless veterans down! We must step up as a nation and get every veteran off the streets and continue on from there because the issue of homelessness in America is huge. We were lucky enough to meet and talk with Deanne Tate, the President and CEO of Veterans First, an organization that does great work in Orange County. The Stand Down was very well organized and many homeless veterans left knowing many people want to help and that better days are ahead.

One thing we are finding out as we speak to many who help our homeless, is the need for food, especially quality foods like fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats and juices. That is why we feel good about our work and wish we could do more, but we need the support in the form of that dirty word “money”. Trying to raise money for a great cause is not always easy, especially when the need is so great and there are so many asking for assistance. Because we are a grass roots organization with very little overhead, your donated dollars would have much more of an impact and reach many veterans who look forward to a healthy meal.

We are helping veterans who are doing the right thing and are in programs offered at transitional housing. Our veterans need to follow their house rules and complete the program in hopes of not ending up back on the street. We can’t begin to imagine what living on the street must be like; having to find a place to sleep where no one will do you harm, and then try to get some rest knowing you do not have a roof over your head. This is no way for anyone to live, especially our veterans.

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DRIVERS SIDE ON LEFT AND PASSENGER SIDE ON RIGHT THIS WAS OUR FIRST LOAD, BELOW IS THE BACK SHOT ALL NICELY STACKED

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LOADED UP WITH 600 POUNDS OF QUALITY FOOD, CAN'T FORGET THE CAKES

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DELIVERED FOOD TO FOUR TRANSITIONAL HOMES ASSISTING OUR VETERANS

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 23RD STORY BELOW

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TWO MONTHS, 1,200 MILES DRIVEN AND 4,800 POUNDS OF QUALITY HEALTHY FOOD DELIVERED TO VETERANS IN NEED

It’s the completion of another fulfilling day assisting our less fortunate veterans with a delivery of great quality food, vegetables, fruit, meats, juices, milk, eggs, canned items, breads, cakes, pies and other delicious items. The pictures we post are for our supporters to see the work that we are doing on their behalf. Because we are not a non-profit organization yet, but a very important grass roots operation, we have to work much harder for our donations to help us do this mission of delivering our “veteran assistance packs.”

When we have a little extra money, we like adding items to even give more; we buy some extra chicken or meat items. Many people ask can a food bank sell food? It is very common in order to pay their bills; many will sell anyone 100 pounds of food for $25. Every food bank hands out full bags of food for free to anyone homeless or in need, including the one we go to, but we are buying 800 pounds in one day and have no problem paying for the quality of food we get. If you view the photos with this story, that one bag is just a very small item in our deliveries. Our paper bag contains canned items at the bottom and breads of all kinds, plus packages of cookies.

We are almost done with our second month of delivering “veteran assistance packs,” and we have grown from the original three transitional houses to four, and because the fourth is near our food bank, and this location will always remain a special place, we come back and gather extra stuff for this stop. Here, they house up to 12 female veterans and their children, so quality, healthy food is always welcome here and the cakes are a great treat for the kids and adults alike. Esperanza Ortega and her husband were there to help us haul the food inside and they are a great team—a leader and military veteran and his wife, a very smart woman who is the founder of The Hook Up Center and Almost Home, which is transitional housing for female veterans. The two locations we stop at first are VA funded and 12 seems to be the number of people allowed in these veteran transitional houses.

We put a link to a video below of some of the work we are doing and the great people that are helping us, please take a few minutes to watch. We are also working on a short film on homelessness in Southern California; we have interviewed many professionals that are running organizations who help countless homeless in Los Angeles and surrounding cities. We interviewed those that are in transitional housing to hear from them about how they overcame their homelessness and are now working on recovery. We also interviewed those that are in the streets and listened to their stories. We need to figure out how to help those that need help the most and get them into treatment instead of watching them crawl around the streets or looking like they have given up on life. Someone we met recently on skid row who is now back in the work force after living on the streets mentioned the word “patience,” but it is very difficult to have patience if you need medication to make you feel well enough to where you can make a clear decision that you are ready to make the commitment and get off the street.

In the downtown area, which is the homeless capital in America, there are many organizations doing great work. Sundays are always a special day. We decided early on that we would go far and wide where help is needed the most—that is why today we drove 175 miles and delivered 800 pounds of food to our veterans. Our desire is to grow. We are now assisting 50 veterans with healthy food and we want to increase that to 100 in the next six months, but we need your support to do this. We plan on adding the Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach next. They have a very large complex helping hundreds daily but our less fortunate veterans there are struggling. We want to help those veterans and they could use food assistance so we hope to add that location in the next two weeks. Once we add a location we must be able to deliver food to each location on a weekly basis for as long as we are able to with the help of our committed partners.

This week we got some great help from Commander Gabriel Suarez and Post 397; Commander Jerry Cunningham and Post 12034; also Commander William Schmitt and Post 500. We also want to wish our friend Tom who calls the streets of Whittier home the best of luck. He should soon have Section 8 housing after living on the streets for many years. We are committed to helping this veteran with our “veteran assistance packs,” as long as he needs the assistance once he gets his place. Today we dropped off two bags of food to him. He has a small stove so he likes all the stuff we bring him. He also understands the word patience. Our friend Allan Espinoza, veteran and founder of God Provides Food Bank, lets me pick stuff myself for these bags that I make special for someone living on the street. He is a very kind and it is a pleasure to call him a friend.

DELIEVERED FOOD FOR TWO LOCATIONS ALREADY, ALL THIS BELOW GOING TO LIGHTHOUSE TREATMENT CENTER HOUSING 12 VETERANS

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INSIDE OFFICE AT LIGHTHOUSE OUR VETERANS ARE PICKING ITEMS FOR THEIR ROOM WITH THEIR OWN REFRIGERATOR AND STOVE

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THIS WAS OUR SECOND LOAD, EVERYTHING IN THIS PICTURE BELOW EXCEPT THE TWO BAGS IN BACKGROUND WAS DELIVERED TO
ALMOST HOME

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OUR FRIEND TOM A HOMELESS VETERAN WE TAKE TWO BAGS TO, HE HAD ALREADY UNLOADED ONE INTO HIS CART

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SEPTEMBER 16TH STORY BELOW

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TWO SUV LOADS OF QUALITY FOOD
FOR OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

Just another super hot day in Los Angeles but we could not let a little extreme heat stop us from our weekly mission of delivering our “Veteran Assistance Packs” to our less fortunate veterans. Today was another exciting day as we are now delivering two small SUV loads of quality food to our homeless veteran shelters; the first load was for three shelters, which equaled 600 pounds and our second load was close to 300 pounds. Because this is also a special place on our route, this location houses 12 female veterans and their children, including a husband and wife plus their infant child born several weeks ago.

This last Sunday, my cousin and I had the honor of spending our afternoon on Skid Row in the heart of homelessness in Los Angeles. You can Google San Julian Street and 6th street, plus many blocks in either direction and you will see hundreds of tents set up on the sidewalks. We were visiting with many people doing great work. Every Sunday on San Julian Street between 6th and 7th Street, this group of incredible people feed close to 1,000 of our homeless. The feeding starts after some great music performed by many, but always led by Pastor Frank who has the most incredible voice. You actually think you are listening to the radio, but he is singing live and playing his keyboards. He is the founder at this location and many have joined since to contribute. The feeding starts around 2pm and continues until 5pm or until the line ends. We were able to speak to many that are struggling to make it through each day; we were also looking for veterans we can lend a helping hand to. Then there were the amazing stories on how many organizations are here working on getting all our homeless off the streets throughput the greater City of Los Angeles and surrounding cities, which is no easy task.

Today as we delivered our “Veteran Assistance Packs,” we were able to hear some great stories from our friends that we visit on a weekly basis, this being the most important part of the program, “every week.” On our first stop, we met one of the coolest guys—he has a long, white beard and he has been sober for the first time in his adult-life. He has been at this shelter going on one year and sober ever sense. He is so grateful for the roof over his head and for the food we are able to bring thanks to Commander Steve Campos and American Legion Post 411; Commander Eddie (Deno) Blankenship and American Legion Post 79; also Commander Michael Felix and VFW Post 10218. He sounded excited being able to say the word “sober” for the first time. His story was nice to hear and I am glad he shared it with us.

One of our stops is currently housing 12 veterans and it was good to hear they had two new veterans who just came onboard; it was actually their first day and we delivered 200 pounds of food here, so the case manager Mr. Earl Pems made sure those two gentlemen got first pick of the food. He mentioned that they look forward to our deliveries and four of five veterans come out and helped. After this delivery we had to come back to the food bank to load up again for our last stop—this place is also very special because we were able to meet some cool people. We got to meet a veteran who helped us haul food inside. His wife just had a child. We also met a very nice and strong female veteran who helped as well. She was happy to see the healthy food and was already planning what she was going to cook that evening. She made us aware that most of the women like to eat healthy and appreciate the quality of the food we deliver. The cakes we delivered were going to be tempting but hopefully she can work through the temptation. We like coming here and Allan Espinoza, the director of God Provides Food Bank where we purchase our food, gave us a bunch of extra food for this location. This delivery had to have been close to 300 pounds—a case of oranges; a case of apples; a case of large juices; plus some extra meat products, including two Veteran Assistance Packs. We love coming to this food bank!

Just another successful day delivering healthy food to our veterans throughout the Los Angeles and Inland Empire communities. We are basically the helping hand of those America Legions and VFW’s we visit weekly. Many of the veterans are getting older, most are Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, but there are still some World War II veterans on their rooster of members. Then there are the new veterans, those that served during the Iraq War. One problem, they need more young veterans to join the American Legion and VFW’s so they can take over one day and continue the mission of assisting those veterans and families who can use the help. Most of the buildings are paid for so it would make sense for these younger veterans to come onboard; these are some of the friendliest most welcoming people I have ever met. 

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YOU ARE LOOKING AT THREE "VETERAN ASSISTANCE PACKS," PLUS ONE BAG OF BREADS AND TWO CAKES, LEAVING TWO AT EACH LOCATION

 

 

 

AUGUST 25TH DELIVERIES BELOW

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LEND A HELPING HAND LETS
GET A VETERAN OFF THE STREET TODAY

It has been almost a month now since we began our journey of delivering food to our less fortunate homeless veterans and those now trying to get their life back in order at a transitional home. Our goal here at AssistanceForVets.org is to help our veterans get off the streets and into a shelter where they can get help; many shelters offer treatment and assistance with setting up appointments with the VA health system to get them back on their feet and into a permanent living situation. There are many types of shelters, some are only open during the colder nights here in the Los Angeles and surrounding cities and we could use more that are open all year round. There are also many that have programs, which include treatment, and they have limited space and require those veterans in the programs to work on getting their life back on the right track.

We are currently delivering food to three transitional homes assisting our veterans in San Bernardino, Riverside and Moreno Valley where help is harder to find. We are looking for support from the inner cities at our local American Legions and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organizations; this is where we live as well. We purchase the food there and make the 150-mile round trip every week. It is important to visit the same locations weekly as we can’t just tease our veterans and feed them once. The food is so greatly appreciated. Like the saying goes, we can’t leave anyone behind—these are our brothers and sisters who are in need and the help is available, we just need to give a helping hand and let them know we care.

Today, we traveled into a homeless encampment in Riverside, California. It was our first trip there and we were able to see firsthand how some less fortunate have to live—sharing their living space with the wilderness and spiders, etc. This is not a place for anyone but many are here, and we are only a small organization with limited funding. Our goal is to help get our homeless veterans into shelters and into programs. We would like to do this type of work every day, buying food and delivering it to as many shelters and encampments as possible from Los Angeles and as far in any direction as needed. We need your support today, please donate what you can as every dollar makes a difference. With a country that has so many billionaires there should not be homeless people in America, it sickens me to see so many in need, especially women.

A friend of mine recently pointed out that other states put their homeless people on a bus and tell them that there are greener pastures ahead and send them off to downtown Los Angeles within walking distance of skid row and the Midnight Mission. So sometimes it takes many organizations working together to take one person off the streets and then there is a bus dropping off five more.

There are countless of homeless Americans and many are our veterans who have defended this country with their blood and sweat—many never being the same because of their bravery! One in four homeless in America are our proud military heroes and today they are struggling and only need a helping hand. We are a military family organization and want to help as many as possible. If a homeless veteran is ready for assistance to get off the street we are just one of many that can assist them. We just need to locate those that are ready to get off the street and let them know that when they feel strong enough and are ready to make their commitment just give us a call here at AssistanceForVets.org or our friends at other organizations. There are many doing incredible work here in Los Angeles but the problem is so huge that we have joined in to lend a helping hand and we have no plans on giving up on our mission to get every homeless veteran off the streets and get the help they need. Please join us today.

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LOADING UP GOOD QUALITY FOOD FOR OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

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WE LEAVE 400 POUNDS AT THIS LOCATION AND IT IS SPLIT UP AND DELIVERED TO ANOTHER TRANSITIONAL HOME ASSISTING OUR VETERANS

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO DELIVER TO SAME LOCATION WEEKLY

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AUGUST 18TH DELIVERIES BELOW

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ANOTHER DELIVERY OF GOOD QUALITY FOOD FOR OUR LESS FORTUNATE VETERANS

Week Two, today was another success as we delivered “Veterans Assistance Packs” to our veterans who are in the process of getting their life in order, and those less fortunate that are still on the street. We delivered food to three transitional homes assisting our veterans, about 12 veterans per location—some are in treatment and it is great to see programs available to assist them. Because most shelters have a refrigerator and stove, they are able to enjoy the food we deliver, while our less fortunate veterans on the street get a full bag of food, mostly non-perishable so they can easily store and enjoy when they like. We will always be available to listen to those that need the most help and hopefully assist them on getting off the streets, which is most important.

We want to build a route where our veterans can count on us delivering food on a weekly basis, either to a veteran shelter or for our less fortunate veterans, who are still on the street, we would like to deliver to food on a daily basis. We have just begun our mission and we can guarantee those that support us with a contribution that their money will go directly to delivering food and clothing to our less fortunate veterans.

We want to thank Commander Art Perez and American Legion Post 790 also La Ramada group that meets at same location; with their support they made our first delivery possible. We would also like to thank Commander Robert Maldonado and VFW Post 9148, Commander Harry Sheets and VFW Post 1944, also Commander Luis Ramirez and American Legion Post 359 for their support with our second delivery of quality food and clothing.

 

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YOU ARE LOOKING AT THREE "VETERAN ASSISTANCE PACKS," PLUS ONE BAG OF BREADS AND TWO CAKES, LEAVING TWO AT EACH LOCATION

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LOADED UP WITH 600 POUNDS OF QUALITY FOOD, CAN'T FORGET THE CAKES

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DELIVERED FOOD TO THREE TRANSITIONAL HOMES ASSISTING OUR VETERANS

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THE FOOD IS VERY APPRECIATED, WITH YOUR SUPPORT WE CAN DO THIS DAILY

 

 

 

OUR FIRST DELIVERY BELOW

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DELIVERING HEALTHY FOOD TO OUR HOMELESS VETERANS

It was a warm summer day as we were completing our first mission delivering our “Veteran Assistance Packs.” We delivered 500lbs of quality food to three homeless veteran shelters and the nourishment was well appreciated. We also stopped and helped those less fortunate veterans that are living on the streets. I wish we could do more for these veterans on the streets—we give them a bag full of food, canned items, bread, lunchmeat, fruits, crackers, cookies, juice and bottled water. They have no way of cooking or storing perishable items and can only travel with one bag most of the time. We also delivered clothes and personal care items too.

I just sit here imagining if we could deliver this amount of food every day to those in need; it would make us feel great. We are just beginning our journey but we are capable of doing this with your support. We are seeking out our homeless military veterans because we are a military family driven organization and we never leave anyone in need empty handed as we make our travels—we will stop and help with what we can.

We posted some pictures; at one shelter where they house our veterans we delivered double so they could take half to another shelter nearby also housing other veterans. We then drove about 30 miles to another shelter that houses veterans and delivered them our “Veteran Assistance Packs” too. We emptied our vehicle and now it is back to raising funds for our next trip. We enjoyed being able to communicate with those on the street and we hope to be able to guide them in the right path—for those that reach out for assistance. It is important for us to stop at the same locations on a weekly basis and build an important route helping our men and women who have served our country so honorably.

 

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ALL LOADED UP FOR OUR 150 MILE ROUND TRIP, CAME BACK EMPTY!

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TRANSITIONAL HOMES WE VISTED HOUSING OUR VETERANS IN NEED

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