Group donates unprecedented million dollars to launch homeless veterans' center in Northeast Florida | Community Spirit

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Group donates unprecedented million dollars to launch homeless veterans' center in Northeast Florida

 

Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. and Affiliates (AVW) have donated $1,000,000 to purchase a building and provide start-up costs for a Jacksonville area in-house center to help veterans in need.

The group’s aggressive goal is to immediately fill a void for American heroes who have fallen on hard times during this tumultuous economy by opening the AVW Veterans Center in time for the holidays, according to Jerry Bass, National Commander, Allied Veterans of the World, Inc.

“The mission of AVW Veterans Center is to facilitate solutions by providing a measure of services and care that mirrors the level of sacrifice these veterans have given for our country”, said Bass.

The group will partner with other local agencies to provide resources such as skills assessment, job training, counseling, and case workers to assist individuals with their VA benefits.

“The needs of veterans continue to grow as their numbers increase. History has taught us we must do more for returning vets than in the past. The new center will accomplish this,” said Bass.

Len Loving, a retired USMC Colonel has been named Chief Operating Officer for the AVW Veterans Center.  Col. Loving has lived and worked in the Jacksonville area since 1986.

Jim Adams will serve as Director of Research and Development.  Mr. Adams is a native of Jacksonville and is the former Executive Director of Family Support Services of N.E. Florida.

The AVW Veterans Center can house over 100 honorably discharged veterans in NE Florida with a need.

Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. and Affiliates since 2007,  have donated more than $7M to veterans organizations, first responders, homeless shelters, food banks, Hospice, VA Hospitals , Florida National Guard, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida Fallen Heroes, Wounded Warrior Project and JROTC scholarships.
 

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