The Independence Fund recently launched Independence@Home, a virtual emergency program to directly support catastrophically disabled Veterans, caregivers and their families.
Adapting to change
The organization is shifting its entire program funding to their new virtual program, Independence@Home. This will allow the non-profit to assist severely wounded Veterans with emergent costs like rent, utilities, childcare, transportation services, home WiFi services, household cleaning and upkeep, grocery and medical product delivery, and streaming services for work and learning.
These urgent and unexpected needs are especially felt in the catastrophically wounded Veteran community. The Independence Fund knows that many Veteran families live day-to-day on very thin margins. The pulling back of the support systems they’ve had in place only adds to the challenges these families conquer daily.
“This is an unprecedented time for Americans,” said The Independence Fund CEO Sarah Verardo. “We know how resilient the American people are and we know that this spirit fuels us in continuing valuable services to our Nation’s heroes that deserve so much. Independence@Home will allow us to continue serving Veterans with flexibility and a can-do spirit to help each other in this time of need.”
Supporting Veteran Families
If Veterans have been served by The Independence Fund in the past, or are currently involved in one of their programs and have emergent needs, they can apply for assistance at the link here.
In just a short time, Independence@Home is providing emergency assistance to a family whose caregiver recently lost her job, creating mounting bills for their family, including their special needs son. They are also providing relief for unexpected grocery costs for another Veteran caregiver recently unemployed due to current circumstances. The Independence Fund has been able to step in for a Veteran who lost his job and income at no fault of his own. It is important to provide immediate relief to support those that gave so much of themselves defending our Nation.
The Independence Fund also has a volunteer matching program to help with transportation, home cleaning/upkeep and food/medical delivery.
Established in 2007, The Independence Fund is a national Veterans Service Organization dedicated to meeting the unmet needs of catastrophically wounded Veterans, Caregivers, and their families through a variety of programs.
For more information on The Independence Fund, visit www.independencefund.org.
Independence@Home is currently only available to current and former participants of The Independence Fund. If the program is expanded, an update will be on their website.
Sarah Reidy-Jones is the communications director at The Independence Fund.
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