May 11, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

It’s a New Day at the WLA VA

By Marcie Polier Swartz

Our year of articles for Yo! Venice is drawing to a close. Next month’s issue will be our last article in the series we’ve been authoring to keep our communities eyes and hearts focused on the amazing changes going on at our VAGLAHS. This month we will focus on our accomplishments these past 11 months. Next month we’ll focus on the new programs that we are planning.

From that first phone call I received from the VA in early 2016 asking for food for homeless Vets we now provide over 300 meals a week to the VA. Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles and the Westside Food Bank are our partners. This program is not free. It costs money for Meals on Wheels to supply sandwiches, milk, water, and the most expensive portions are the shelf stable meats and snacks supplied to the Safe Parking, L.A. program on campus where refrigeration is not an option. Pat Cohen, one of the founders of Safe Parking, L.A., reminds us how important this food is. For some of the program’s participants, this is the only food that they look forward to each day. Donors and Volunteers welcome. Contact us at info@villageforvets.org.

This year we are Co-Chairs of the Homeless to Housed Stand Down. We’ve learned a lot along the way like how rewarding it is to extend a hand to homeless veterans; how they appreciate the new clothing, medical and legal assistance and delicious food.  In fact, they ask for the ‘breakfast burritos’ supplied by Maria’s Italian Kitchen which has become a draw like Grandma’s biscuits on Sunday. That breakfast helps to identify our Stand Down.  Make sure to volunteer this year when the flyers come into your email folders. Sign up for our newsletters, we don’t send too many! https://villageforvets.org/contact.html

Our Paint’nSip art program was so popular with the women Vets that the men have asked for their own event which we will be mounting for Father’s Day. We now sponsor four Paint’nSip events during the year.  Our Income Stipend program awarded a deserving Veteran with a car, two car seats for his young boys, and car insurance for one year. Approximately ten Veterans who have worked hard enough to gain independence lose it every month due to an inability to earn enough to get by. Village for Vets mission is to help these Vets. It is quite understandable, allowable and supportable to prop up Veterans who have a hard time. We need more words in the English language for citizens who uplift the community and who might not earn enough by working. Want to suggest some at info@villageforvets.org? Just put “new words” in the subject line.

Our mission: Village for Vets provides community-based volunteer and financial support to the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) for the most vulnerable Veterans they serve.

Take pride in helping the VA. We look forward to your support.

Related Posts

Metro Bike Share Relaunching with 13 New Stations : YO! Venice Show – May, 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Venice House Fire Under Investigation * Metro Bike Share Relaunching with...

LAHSA Application for Permanent Housing Moves Online

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Agency consolidates 15 different paper housing applications into one digital application By Chad Winthrop The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)...

Apple Plans to Add More Than 3K Jobs in Culver City-Area

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

3,000 jobs coming by 2026 By Toi Creel Apple will be bringing over 3,000 jobs to the Westside. According to...

Santa Monica Lawmakers Gives Green Light to Pursue Main Street Closures

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Lawmakers instruct staff to develop proposal that would close Main Street to vehicles on weekends By Sam Catanzaro Portions of...

Venice Bakery’s Cash Registered Stolen

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

A Venice bakery had its cash registered stolen following a smash and grab robbery this week. According to the Los...

Tacos and Ice Cream Highlight New Playa Vista Dining and Retail Center

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Loqui, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams highlight new complex  By Toi Creel A popular taqueria and ice cream shop highlight a...

Details on Venice Boulevard Mixed-Use Proposal

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

More apartments could soon be coming to this lot on Venice Boulevard in Palms. Learn more in this video made...

Venice’s Fox Theater Revamp

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

A developer wants to revamp the historic Fox Theater building in Venice. Learn more in this video made possible by...

Edify TV: Site Work Begins on Nearly Billion Dollar LAX Station

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Site work has begun for a nearly billion dollar light rail transit station coming to LAX. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Concert Capacity Rules Issue for Small Venues

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Live music is back in LA County but the owner of a Westside jazz club says reopening will have to...

Did You Lose Your Ring Near Venice? YO! Venice Show – May, 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Candlelight Vigil Held for Rescue Dog Killed in House Fire *...

Woman Gives Birth on Venice Beach Boardwalk

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

LAFD transport mother and newborn to hospital following Sunday birth  By Sam Catanzaro A reported homeless woman gave birth on...