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FRIENDS OF VETERANS INC

Quick Facts

White River Junction, VT

Mission

The Friends of Veterans is an organization created by veterans dedicated to helping fellow veterans and their families avoid homelessness. Our compassionate efforts fill a void in current services by providing confidential, rapid response to veterans' needs.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Friends of Veterans is an all volunteer organization; there is no paid staff. We are dedicated to the prevention of homelessness for veterans and their families who reside in New Hampshire and vermont.

Ruling Year

2014

Interim President

Mr. Patt Taylor

Main Address

222 Holiday Drive Suite 20

White River Junction, VT 05001 USA

Keywords

Veteran Homeless Prevention

EIN

31-1764695

 Number

3303518256

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (L12)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Our primary goal is preventing homelessness for veterans and their families who reside in New Hampshire and Vermont. To focus on this mission we provide financial assistance that includes back rent and mortgage payments, security deposits, heating fuel assistance, and home repairs when livability is the issue. Because PTSD is directly correlated to homelessness, we assist combat veterans with PTSD help get a service dog.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Veteran Homeless Prevention

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goal is to prevent veteran homelessness in our two state area. We attempt to achieve this goal through financial assistance, heating fuel assistance, home repairs where livability is an issue. Because PTSD correlates directly with homelessness, we have begun to find ways to provide service dogs to combat veterans with PTSD.

Our strategies include:
(1) Provide financial assistance to keep a veteran into a permanent residence or to help move into a permanent residence
(2) Provide fuel assistance, normally during the winter months, that ensures the veteran will be able continue in the residence
(3) Ensure that the veteran is qualified for our assistance. The veteran must have an honorable discharge (or under honorable conditions), served more than six months active duty and will be sustainable if we provide assistance.
(4) Work with other national, state and local agencies to co-share financial assistance

Our organization's capabilities include:
(1) We are 100% volunteers; we have no paid staff.
(2) Our volunteer organization includes men and women, veterans and non-veterans who are assisting because they want to help those who have served.
(3) Our fundraising, grant writing and donation efforts have significantly increased through new volunteers. As a result, our ability to financially assist veterans and their families has greatly increased in recent years.

We track the success rate of clients we have assisted. We determine at various intervals if the client has remained in the residence that our organization helped the veteran move into and stay within. Our success rate remains over 90%.

Veteran homeless rates have improved nationally and locally; however, the rate of improvement in New Hampshire and Vermont has not kept pace with the national average. (note: per HUD reporting). Therefore this remains a major challenge to Friends of Veterans. In addition, with the increased numbers of people leaving military service due to sequestration and other budget issues, we estimate the challenge to continue. New Hampshire and Vermont are unique because of the continuing number of National Guard and Reserve activations that occur. These activations, as well documented, challenge our veterans with financial, employment and family issues.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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