JWV Collecting Clothes for Veterans Facing Homelessness

Pictured (left to right) are JWV patron Eve Wagner and U.S.VETS Executive Director Jennifer Gewarges unpacking donations from JudyWear Boutique in Chandler at U.S.VETS Ashley’s Place for women.

Jennifer Gewarges, executive director for U.S.VETS-Phoenix, will address Jewish War Veterans, Copper State Post 619, on Sunday, March 19, in the Poolside building of Oakwood Country Club, at 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., in Sun Lakes. Clothing donations will be accepted at 9:15 a.m. A free brunch is offered beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by the speaker at 10 a.m. All are welcome; however, to enjoy the brunch, a reservation is required (see below for details).

U.S.VETS-Phoenix Opens New Larger Facility

U.S.VETS arrived in Phoenix in 2001. Their new site, which will hold 182 veterans, is anticipated to open in April, 2023. It features four floors with elevators, a private wing to allow more safety for women, an indoor gym area, a kitchen, and dining hall. The kitchen offers culinary classes for any veteran wanting to go into the restaurant industry.

Clothing Drive

The new facility will have a drop-off center and a mini-store where veterans can have a shopping experience selecting clothes to get them started in the program. JWV is collecting used clothing in excellent condition and new socks and underwear. Shirts, pants, sport and outerwear jackets, pajamas, accessories, and shoes are welcomed for men. Women can use sportswear, sweaters, jackets, outerwear, casual business attire, sleepwear, accessories, and shoes.

Selection of Vets

The veterans are referred to U.S.VETS through the VA by the Community Resource Referral Center, which ensures they have a valid honorable discharge. “In addition, our outreach team goes to encampments and provides resources to veterans experiencing homelessness who are ready to transition into housing,” explains Executive Director Jennifer Gewarges.

Services Provided

After an initial intake interview, each veteran receives an individualized service plan focusing on their mental and physical health and steps to focus on helping the veteran obtain permanent housing. Case managers assist veterans in obtaining a driver’s license if they have lost theirs and refer them to attorneys to solve any legal issues. U.S.VETS Work Force provides a team that helps veterans update their resumes, practice interviewing, dress for success, prepare for interviews, and apply for jobs.

Brunch Reservation

A “Meet & Greet,” with free lox and bagels, coffee, and doughnuts starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by the speaker at 10 a.m. To partake in the food, a reservation is required by Friday, March 17, at 5 p.m. Contact Judy Wolin at [email protected] or 480-802-8521.

JWV Post 619, which meets the third Sunday of every month from September through May, boasts members who represent a wide range of religious affiliations. JWV participates in philanthropic activities to help veterans of all faiths. It is not necessary to be a veteran to join. To learn more about JWV activities and membership, contact Commander Chuck Wolin at 602-300-5913 or [email protected].