In 1975, Pamela followed the footsteps of her eldest brother and enlisted in the Navy where she served for 10 years. She was stationed up and down the east coast before being discharged for medical reasons.
“I enjoyed serving in the military and my role as Navy cook was most interesting and meant that I was busy each day cooking warm meals each day,” she says.
|Pamela J. at HVAF|
“For four months, HVAF provided housing and sense of security and I was no longer afraid of where I was living,” she adds.
When Pamela was ready to move out of HVAF supportive housing and into her own apartment, she qualified for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provided by HVAF which assists qualified veterans with rental and utility payments. Shawnita Yarbro, HVAF’s Case Manager, says, “I have seen positive changes in Pamela. Her service in and out of the military continues to impact those around her and we can all take lessons from her. She is just the classic example of goodness in that if you work hard you will see results," Shawnita says.
While she may no longer be cooking surf and turf for her fellow Navy veterans aboard a military ship, she still enjoys whipping up a dessert or two.
“I have a lot of creative me
als still in and she has no plans of hanging up her chef's hat.”
Pamela lives in West Indianapolis and is no longer homeless.