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Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans

Join us Sunday, November 11, 2018
11a.m. to 2p.m. for brunch!

All veterans and families are invited with a special focus on all of our WW II Veterans. Please add this special event to your calendar. If you know any WW II Veterans that may not always come to WHAFV, please invite them and their families to come and participate.

VETERANS COFFEE
Come for the coffee,
stay for the camaraderie!

The WHAFV Veterans Coffee is a great time for our men and women to get together in a safe and nonjudgmental space.  It’s mostly just good laughter and a time to hang out with other veterans. It doesn’t get any better than that. There are now five locations to join us on the Western Slope.

WHAFV MONTROSE

Join us every Thursday Morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our Veterans-only coffee.  Our County Veteran Service Officer is available Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to assist with any questions about benefits or other concerns. We also have counselors from the Grand Junction Vet Center available to meet with Vets.

WESTEND

On the second Wednesday of every month we travel to the Nucla Airport for our Veterans coffee, held from 10 a.m. to noon. We’re very grateful for Ruth’s Toffee, (584 Main St., Nucla, 81424)  for their donation of the coffee.  Our County Veteran Service Officer is there to help with any questions regarding claims/benefits.

CEDAREDGE

On the third Tuesday of every month we travel to Cederedge for our Veterans coffee held from 10 a.m. to noon.  It’s held at The Pondy, 220 W. Main St. Cedaredge.  The owner, DJ, graciously donates the space and the coffee.  Stacy, owner of Stacy’s On Main, (260 W. Main St., Cedaredge, 81413), graciously  donates the pastries. Our Veteran Service Officer is there to help with any questions about benefits.

October. The Welcome Home Alliance for Veterans office was teeming with activity Thursday, Oct. 19, as we served 39 veterans during our annual ‘Stand Down’ event.

Our staff and volunteers were joined by seven representatives from the Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing unit, which was able to counsel 15 of our vets who self-reported they were “in need” of food and housing.

In addition, we welcomed two reps from the Montrose Lighthouse project, who offered information on the new homeless shelter; four representatives from two local home-health agencies; as well as representatives from Colorado Workforce, the Technical College of the Rockies, Montrose Elks Lodge 1053, the Warriors Rest. Linda Black, who served as intake for the Stand Down says “It was a great day for us to be able to serve the needs of our Veterans and provide so many resources to our Veterans Community”.  Lunch was provided by volunteers from the community.

Even though this year’s event is now past, we continue to welcome donations that can be passed along to other veterans in need. Visit WHAFV with your donations of warm clothing, boots and personal hygiene items, or contact us at 970.765.2210. Thank you to all the amazing community members that donated items, lunch and their time!

About the author

Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.

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