Honoring those who have fought for freedom and all it entails

TAYLOR COUNTY— Veterans Day may not be until November 11, but one local organization is holding a Veteran’s Appreciation Day and needs your help.

To help honor and assist veterans in the area, North Central West Virginia Community Action Association (NCWVCAA), will be hosting a Veteran’s Appreciation Day, on Friday, November 2, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at 20 E. Main St.

“We invite you to attend so that we may honor and celebrate the lives of our veterans,” shared Community Case Manager Charlotte Green. “There will be refreshments and door prizes!”

She added that the organization also has gently used shoes and boots that have been donated for Veterans. 

Additionally, the Head Start/Early Head Start, VITA, WVU Extension Service and RDVIC programs are attending and setting up tables with resource information. 

“This is a family event to show our appreciation to our Veterans to let them know we are thankful for their service,” expressed Green.

Community Action will also be providing program information about the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF), a program that assists homeless Veterans. 

The program is designed to improve the housing stability of very low-income families, by assisting families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing and prevent at-risk families from becoming homeless.

“We offer case management and have a dedicated Housing Case Manager to assist with finding housing for veterans,” stated Green. “This program is for low income veteran households.” 

Through the program, NCWVCAA provides eligible families with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits which may include health care services, daily living assistance, child care services, transportations services, temporary finical assistance, legal services and more.

“We then assist the veteran with maintaining their current housing or with finding more appropriate housing for their situation,” reported Green. “For the Rapid Rehousing portion of the program we assist veterans who are currently homeless living in unsheltered situations.”

To help meet the needs of veterans and their families the organization partners with local organizations.

“The Sharing Place at Union Baptist Church has provided furniture, household items and food to our veterans when they get set up in an apartment,” she explained.

Green disclosed that the Fairmont/Morgantown DAV and local VFWs have been generous with their time and resources, as well.

“We offer this program through the nine counties that Community Action serves, however the program is available in every county in the state to meet veteran needs,” she stated.

Green shared that during the event, they will also have hygiene kits for anyone experiencing homelessness. Representatives will be there to provide information and answer questions.

For more information, be sure to stop down on Friday, or call NCWVCAA at 304-265-3200.