HVAF on WISH-TV... HVAF is helping homeless veterans get housing and critical services but is also keeping veterans warm during the cold winter months.
“When it’s this cold we’re seeing so many more veterans come in,” said Debra Des Vignes, the VP of Marketing for HVAF. “They’re needing winter gloves, hygiene items, and they’re needing anything that can help them keep warm.”
Somerville started going to HVAF after he got sick with blood clots, and had to leave his job.
“They paid six months of my rent, my utilities until I was able to get back on my feet to work,” said Somerville.
Now Somerville is a baker at the new downtown Marsh.
“Doing what I did 30 years ago in the military,” he said.
He still goes to HVAF when he needs to. Every Tuesday and Thursday they hold outreach hours.
At their downtown location veterans can get services, hygiene products and food.
“Our services are critical; they’re life changing. the veterans come in, they have no where to go, they would otherwise be out on the streets,” said Des Vignes.
For people like Somerville, it’s also piece of mind.
“Lots of vets out there that are homeless, hungry, don’t have the help,” he said. “Somewhere along the line someone needs help eventually and it was a blessing.”
HVAF holds outreach hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
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