By Tami Nelson, Veteran Advocate
Thank you, Harper Levy, HUD-VASH Program Supervisor from the VA Community Resource and Referral Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for sharing information with WestCare Iowa’s Family Alliance for Veterans of America (FAVA) program! We were informed that the Charles City Elks Lodge #418 had received two grants (Elks Beacon Grant & Freedom Grant) from the Elks National Foundation to aid homeless Veterans and their families in Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, and Mitchell Counties. The Elks members are taking Veterans shopping this month to purchase items for those who need a winter coat, shoes, other basic clothing, gas, a phone, food, etc., for his/her family or will deliver purchased items directly to them. Our Veterans have expressed sincere appreciation in receiving the help, especially the warm clothing! Thank you, Charles City Elks Lodge #418, the Elks National Foundation, and Jodi Hammond-Milleson of the Elks for allowing our Veterans to join you on this shopping experience! You have definitely made a difference for our Veterans!