John – United States Navy Veteran
John and his family came to Waterloo in an emergency housing situation. They had to vacate their past residence and leave all belongings. Arriving in Waterloo, they had very few items and no employment. With a referral from the VA office, John contacted AFIL about helping. We were able to provide beds for his family as well as living room and kitchen items were provided. John and his family were thankful for the items saying it was one less thing to have to worry about each day.
Single disabled veteran mother of 6 children: “Thank you does not seem like enough, but thank you for all of the furnishings, kitchen stuff and everything else you are doing to help us”.
Shaun, veteran experiencing homeless after getting into an apartment and receiving furnishings and other home items from AFIL. “God bless you all, thank you, just thank you”.
Beryl, 93 year old WWII veteran who received an electric scooter to get around his home more independently. “My knees gave out a few months ago so this scooter has really helped me get around better. It also goes outside easily so I enjoy that. I’m happy someone donated it to you so I can use it now”.
As with other needs, a veteran will require furnishings and household items for their new residence when they leave a shelter or transitional housing. The question is, “How and where do they find these furnishings?
How does it get to a veteran?
AFIL works alongside local agencies who are housing veterans. These agencies confirm veteran status and their need then refer them to AFIL for our services. AFIL will then deal directly with the veteran to determine items needed and schedule to deliver these goods.
AFIL and our partner agencies are providing safe, clean living spaces to veterans experiencing homelessness however, the units are typically unfurnished, leaving these Veterans to sleep on the floor, no means to cook, sit, or enjoy the basic comforts of a furnished home. It is this gap we are closing with the support of furniture and household items within the community. Imagine being homeless and then being given an opportunity to get into housing only to realize that although you have a roof and walls, you still don’t have the basic dignity of a bed or a sofa or even some dishes. Furniture for Veterans was established to fill this void. Since the start of this program, AFIL has provided and delivered over $25,000 in donated furniture and items to Veterans who were previously experiencing homelessness.