The Ballard Elks supplied 70 Veterans this year with home supplies as they moved into housing from a shelter with a $10,000 Focus Grant for this purpose. Volunteer shoppers donate their time to buy items for the kitchen, bath, bedding, and also small appliances as well as cleaning supplies for each client of the Veterans social workers (VASH).
Our volunteers delivered the products to each case worker at a convenient location for the volunteer.
The Elks National Foundation provides unlimited funding for individual WELCOME HOME kits for the same purpose in high-need areas, such as the Puget Sound. Our lodge used up the $10,000 Focus Grant a few months ago and now relies on this service to tend to the veterans needs going into housing from homelessness. We partner with the Seattle Stand Down to provide supplies on an ongoing basis.
Our lodge, in combination with ENF Welcome Kit grants has also funded over 50 veterans through the Seattle Stand Down resource for homeless veterans this year.
Our lodge is making a HUGE difference – we look forward to continuing our support for the VASH case workers and Seattle Stand Down.