Phoenix VA Health Care System
Salvation Army and VA deliver goods to Veterans
Staff from the Phoenix VA Health Care System HUD-VASH along with the Salvation Army, Southwest Division, Emergency Disaster Services team delivered goods to 120 Veteran residents within the Victory Place community.
The delivery included boxes of fresh produce, nonperishable food items, dairy and personal hygiene products along with a $25 Walmart gift card. The Salvation Army in partnership with Midwest Food Bank and Fresh Bite Foods provided the nonperishable and fresh produce. The supplemented items came from various donations or were funded by monetary contributions from the community.
“Our Veterans served our country greatly and supported all of us through all years, so I feel the least we can do is support them in their time of need,” said Scott Johnson, Salvation Army Southwest Division public relations director.
Of the 120 Veterans on site, nearly 80 of those where placed in the homes by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing. HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA combining HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans experiencing homelessness find and sustain permanent housing.
“A lot of our high-risk Veterans are in jeopardy of catching the virus. In addition to being low income, it’s a challenging time for them.” said Regina Sharp, HUD-VASH supervisor. “So, something like this can make a difference in their lives, even if it just a weeks’ worth of food it can help them significantly.”
The Phoenix VA started their partnership with the Salvation Army after coming together to assist multiple Veterans in the City of Tempe after the COVID-19 outbreak. After expressing there was a need at Victory Place, the Salvation Army immediately worked on gathering the items needed for the 120 people.
“If we at the Salvation Army can help in any way, we want to be that ray of hope. We want people to know they can come to us when they need help,” Johnson said.
VA’s specialized programs for homeless Veterans serve hundreds of thousands of homeless and at-risk Veterans each year. Independently and in collaboration with federal and community partners, VA programs provide Veterans with housing solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice and reentry related services and more.
“We have an incredible amount of resources at VA to help our Veterans, it’s just a matter of taking the first step to get enrolled,” said Deborah Dominick chief of social work.
If you or a Veteran, you know is experiencing homelessness we have programs that can help. Reach out to our Phoenix VA Health Care System’s Community Resource Referral Center at 602-248-6040 or contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-4AID-VET (877-424-3838) to get started.