Local funds part of almost $1.4 million in grants announced for Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs nationwide
Los Angeles, (June 20, 2012) – The Home Depot® Foundation today announced a $100,000 grant to Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) to help female veterans and their families live better lives. This grant is part of $1.37 million in grants announced for 16 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in 15 cities. These grants will be used to refurbish or build housing for up to 540 homeless veterans, as well as many of their family members
The local effort (SHAWL: Support Harbor Area Women’s Lives) will renovate housing in San Pedro that will house female veterans and their children. This transitional housing will help up to 8 female veterans and their children escape economic and psychological difficulties.
“Our partnership with The Home Depot for our SHAWL transitional housing is a perfect example of how the community needs to come together to make sure these families are able to live healthy and productive lives.” Bob Pratt, President, Volunteers of America Los Angeles
Nationally, Volunteers of America serves more than 7,700 homeless veterans each year through 35 programs in 15 states.
“Volunteers of America Los Angeles is making a measurable impact every day to help homeless and at-risk veterans,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. “They share our commitment to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we are proud that our funding and volunteer assistance will allow them to assist even more veterans and their families.”
In addition to receiving funding, Volunteers of America affiliates will potentially be supported by Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force.
ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities. We offer a variety of services for older Americans, in particular, that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Learn more at www.voa.org.
ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION
The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring that every U.S. military veteran has a safe place to call home. In April 2011, the Foundation pledged a three-year, $30 million initiative to address veterans’ critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
Nicole Pratt, Director of Development
Volunteers of America Los Angeles
The Home Depot Foundation