Your VPAR Charitable Foundation is busy at work planning great fundraising events to help in supporting the six organizations that we work with: LINK, Peninsula Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity, Menchville House, Transitions and Natasha House. Each month we will be focusing on one of these great organizations and the work that they do.
This month we are happy to spotlight LINK of Hampton Roads whose mission statement is “Linking community resources to provide fast and affordable housing solutions to homeless individuals/families and veterans, as well as emergency services to men, women and children facing unmet basic needs, housing crises or other emergency situations.“ Link of Hampton Roads began as an emergency service providing organization. They provided food, clothing and household goods and furniture to families in need. Then they grew to include housing the homeless with three programs.
- PORT (People Offering Resources Together) – Is an emergency winter shelter program and the largest homeless program on the peninsula. PORT offers overnight shelter, warm meals, community referrals, transportation, job placement assistance, assistance with obtaining ID and other supportive services. Each year the PORT programs serves up to 520 homeless individuals and families annually. No referrals necessary. No ID required.
- CANLINK I and IV – Is a long term community based housing program that provides housing placement, ongoing rental subsidy and case management services to chronically homeless and homeless individuals and families. Other supportive services includes job skills training, employment assistance, men, women and children support groups. CANLINK is the largest permanent supportive housing program on the Peninsula serving over 120 individuals and families
- Veteran’s Emergency Shelter – Provides short term housing, case management, and job assistance to male veterans in need of rehabilitative care. Referrals must be obtained through the VA. Since its inception the program has served many male veterans and placed into permanent housing.
They have also added another great veteran service. Veteran’s Medical Respite- Provides on-site medical respite care, case management, and assistance to veterans in need of outpatient nursing care. Referrals must be obtained through the VA. Veteran’s Respite is a pilot program and it’s one of two in the USA.
So keep in mind when you make donations and volunteer with your VPAR Charitable Foundation this is one of the organizations you are supporting.