TAYLOR COUNTY— Veteran’s Day may not be until November 11, but one local organization is holding a Veteran’s Appreciation Day, in conjunction with November First Fridays, and is inviting the community to attend.
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 4, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at their office located at 20 E. Main St.
“We invite you to attend so that we may honor and celebrate the lives of our veterans,” shared NCWVCAA Community Case Manager Charlotte Green. “There will be refreshments and door prizes!”
During the event, former servicemen and women will be invited to enter their name into a drawing to win a special gift. The lucky winner will claim a patriotic blanket crafted by a Community Action employee.
“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, childcare services, transportations services, temporary financial 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.”
Green shared that during the event, they will also be handing out information about other programs geared toward the brave men and women who have previously served. A list of resources will also be available.
And because they have kicked off their annual Forgotten Angel campaign, the organization will be hosing sign ups for families during the Veteran’s Appreciation event.
For more information, be sure to stop down on Friday, or call NCWVCAA at 304-265-3200.