Special Spring Message to our Supporters,
You are in our thoughts as we face the challenges of coronavirus. We know this is an incredibly difficult time, and we hope you and loved ones are safe and well. Our top priority remains the health and safety of our dear community.
Without essential home items, our Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists will struggle to remain healthy and safe.
While other thrift store are closed Patriots and Paws remains open, during this time because our local heroes have no other options. We are following all health and safety precautions for our clients and volunteers. We are determined that our local heroes will not be sleeping on floors, going without blankets or kitchen supplies, or enduring being alone in an empty apartment without hope and dignity.
If you are able, a special gift of any size right now will make sure our local heroes – who have no other place to turn – can get the critical household items they need to take care of their wellbeing. Your investment will ensure our Veterans will be able to care for themselves and their loved ones after they selflessly defended us.
It costs us $200.00 per Veteran we service, providing them a very conservative thrift store pricing $750.00 worth of gentle used items for their home from our donors at no cost. The entire program is run with two paid staff – one full time one part time – and the incredible support of volunteers who give thousands of hours each year.
Research shows post-traumatic stress significantly impacts the immune system and mental health, and Patriots and Paws remains committed to ensuring local heroes and military families do not have to suffer silently without life’s basic needs. This includes full sets of utensils and cookware, towels, linens, and mattresses and box springs, couches, dining room tables and other basic items. Having enough utensils and glassware for everyone in the family is critical for older Veteran couples and single Veterans with young children. Having enough utensils per person reduces the risk of coronavirus spread and lets the Veterans use their limited funds for food.
95% of those we serve are low-income and were homeless that have just recently received housing. We only serve those that have served in the military and can show proof via a DD214, VA Card, Active Duty card, or a California Driver’s license that has Veteran on it. Knowing how the wave of chronic homelessness ripples through communities, we continue to support our Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists by referring them to other organizations that can help them out with financial relief so that they can remain safely housed. One such organization is the OCVMFC (Orange County Veteran and Military Family Collaborative).
Normally this time of the year we would be inviting you to share in our traditional Open House and Golf Tournament. That’s all on hold for now. And while we will miss rallying together to raise critical funds for our Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists, we look forward with hope to being together with you again soon. We will keep you posted.
Right now, the most important thing is being there for each other. We are grateful for you. Please know, your support means the world to our Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists.
Wishing you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.
With deepest gratitude,
Founder/Chairman of the Board/CEO