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Ford Motor Company Fund
 
Ford Motor Company Fund awards $25,000 to
Volunteers of America LA to provide recuperative care
for homeless veterans

 

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2020) – The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $25,000 to Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) in support of its efforts to provide much-needed housing to homeless veterans in need of medical respite in Southern California.

The grant benefits VOALA’s Recuperative Care for Veterans Program, which provides supportive transitional housing up to six months to those discharged from the Long Beach and West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration hospitals. Recuperative Care for Veterans serves those who are too ill or frail to recover from physical injury or illness on their own, but not ill enough to need hospitalization or nursing care. Currently, VOALA is the only service provider with a contract to provide recuperative care for veterans leaving the two hospitals.

“Affordable, safe, medically-appropriate housing is scarce in the greater Los Angeles area,” said VOALA CEO Bob Pratt. “The effects of an aging American population can be seen among veterans, resulting in an increasing number of primary care needs. Couple this with L.A.’s veteran homeless crisis along with the unprecedented shortage of affordable housing, and it’s critical that we pursue solutions to help the growing number of medically-vulnerable vets. This partnership with The Ford Foundation is a great step towards doing just that.” 

The Ford Fund grant will benefit 10-20 veterans, depending on their needs and other available resources. This includes assistance during their time at the center, as well as help transitioning to independent living.
 

About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 1.5 million people in over 400 communities. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Learn more at www.voa.org.

 

About Ford Motor Company Fund

As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

 
 

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