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Instead of meat, feast on these mock-meats! Available at TRADER JOE’S, RT. 9, SHREWSBURY (just over the bridge):

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REC-CITY OF WORCESTER EARTH DAY CLEANUPS – this Saturday!

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Dorrie and CENTRAL MASS KIBBLE CONNECTION! Every Wednesday at the Mustard Seed on Piedmont Street! Dorrie gives out free cat food and dog food to people who are struggling – but have pets they love and care for! And need to feed!

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Jett thinks the world of Dorrie!

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THIS THURSDAY!

A fundraiser to benefit the military veterans of Veteran Homestead!

Get your friends and colleagues together for a FUN night of go-kart racing, food, drinks, music, prizes, networking and of course mingling with our veterans at the Second Annual Veteran Homestead Star Spangled …

… Go-Kart Challenge!💗

Where:
F1Boston
290 Wood Road
Braintree, Mass.

When:
Thursday, 6 April
5 pm to 9 pm

We have only one team available, so act NOW and tickets are also on sale if you don’t want to race – so don’t miss this opportunity and the fastest way to help our heroes, the veterans who are responsible for our freedom.

Compete for a place on the podium and the 1st place trophy or come and cheer on your comrades. Either way, you’ll have a blast and help support our veterans through the great work of Veteran Homestead.

Event Details

There are two ways to participate:

1. WE HAVE ONE TEAM LEFT TO FILL – Sponsor and organize your 4-person team to race in the 90-minute endurance race. We have corporate and individual sponsorships available.

It’s fun and safe and each of your drivers take turns at the wheel of the F1Boston racing kart. You’ll race against as many as 11 other teams all for the glory of supporting our veterans and winning the illustrious 1st place trophy.

2. Buy a ticket and attend the event to cheer on your favorite team, enjoy food and cocktails, music, networking, shoot a game of pool (all included in the ticket price) and of course meet our veterans.

Tickets are $150 per person and all proceeds go to Veteran Homestead.

For more information on Veteran Homestead visit veteranhomestead.org
For more information on F1Boston visit f1boston.com

PLEASE! Remember our homeless vets this holiday season! #GivingTuesday is Nov. 29

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Please think of Veteran Homestead this holiday season!

Give to our veterans to thank them for our freedom!

Greetings!

This year Veteran Homestead is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of GIVING fueled by the power of social media.

In two weeks, on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (Tuesday, 29 November) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

We will be posting and tweeting every day and I ask that you follow Veteran Homestead on Facebook, Twitter (@vethomestead) and Instagram (@veteranhomestead) and share our posts to your network of family, friends and colleagues.

Our mission is to creatively engage as many people as possible via social media to show the good work we do for our veterans in hopes that you will go to our website and DONATE.

90% of all Veteran Homestead funds go directly to veteran care, 10% solely to facility maintenance and administration.

Veteran Homestead Inc., is an independent, non-profit organization that provides housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans from across the nation who are elderly, disabled or diagnosed with a terminal illness.

With six unique facilities in New England and Puerto Rico, our team of credentialed professionals serve those who have served in our armed forces, with compassion and dedication without regard to race, religion, or sexual orientation.

All Veteran Homestead programs are drug and alcohol free.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Leslie Lightfoot
Founder & CEO
VeteranHomestead.org

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One terrific program:

Hero Homestead
Leominster, Massachusetts

The Hero Homestead is a 15 bed, substance free facility located in Leominster.

Residents are encouraged to co-exist, assisting each other and attending to as many of their own needs as possible.

This program provides transitional housing for veterans who are dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as other challenges related to homelessness.

To learn all about the HOMESTEAD’S PROGRAMS click HERE!  

Heroes – always in fashion! … VETERAN HOMESTEAD TO HONOR DECORATED BOSTON POLICE OFFICER JOHN MOYNIHAN

VETERAN HOMESTEAD TO HONOR DECORATED BOSTON POLICE OFFICER JOHN MOYNIHAN AT FUNDRAISING EVENT AT F1 BOSTON

Gardner – Veteran Homestead will honor Decorated Boston Police Officer and U.S. Army Ranger Lieutenant John Moynihan at their fundraising event at go-kart venue F1 Boston in Braintree on Thursday, March 3.

The event, focused on saluting our military heroes, will include a 90-minute endurance go-kart race where companies and individuals can sponsor and race a team against veterans from the Veteran Homestead programs as well as veterans from the Boston area.

For those not racing, tickets are available to join the evening of fun, food, drinks and prizes where Governor Charlie Baker will present the trophies to the winning racers. All attendees will have the opportunity to meet both Moynihan and Baker.

Go-Kart sponsorships are $5,000 for a 4-person team and offer companies the opportunity to support a good cause as well as promote their brand at the event.

Tickets are $150 per person for non-racers. All sponsorships and tickets are tax-deductible and all proceeds go directly to help the veterans in the six Veteran Homestead programs.

Veteran Homestead, Inc., an independent, non-profit organization that provides housing and care to U.S. Armed Services veterans who are elderly, disabled or diagnosed with a terminal illness is based in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and has six programs and facilities in New England and Puerto Rico. All are unique programs and/or the first of their kind. The organization has served nearly 3,600 veterans and conducted over 52,000 hours of counseling sessions covering psychological affects, family issues, alcohol and substance abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

With hundreds of thousands of veterans returning from service with special needs, Veteran Homestead strives to minimize and even reverse damage incurred during military service by delivering effective one-on-one medical, psychological, and spiritual care. The team focuses on preparing veterans for a life in which their disabilities will be less of a burden while helping them achieve successful transition from soldier to civilian life.

“Moynihan’s willingness to risk his life as a U.S. Army Ranger Lieutenant while deployed “in sector” in Iraq is to be applauded and on top of that he continues to serve us as a Boston police gang unit officer. His dedication to service will be honored at our event as well as his support of fellow military veterans. His attendance will no doubt help our fundraising, a task we must accomplish to keep our facilities going since we do not rely solely on state and federal funding,” said Veteran Homestead Founder/CEO Leslie Lightfoot.

RJ Valentine, owner of F1Boston in Braintree, Mass., is hosting the event and underwriting the costs on behalf of Veteran Homestead. “After visiting the Veteran Homestead facility in Gardner and meeting it’s Founder and CEO Leslie Lightfoot at the end of last year, I had to get involved. I am incredibly impressed at the amazing work they are doing for our local veterans. There should be more facilities like this that actually have a proven track record where 90% of funds raised go directly to their vets,” said RJ Valentine.

Veteran Homestead’s premier facility, the Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) in Gardner, Mass., focuses on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are suffering from TBI and PTSD, two of the most common maladies suffered by veterans of these wars. It is the only facility of its kind in the United States that serves these afflicted veterans and their families by offering housing, physical therapy, counseling and college courses. The facility can also accommodate amputees and burn patients.

There is a therapy dog-training program, as well. This facility is LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold. Veteran Homestead hopes to replicate this type of facility across the U.S.

About Veteran Homestead, Inc.:

Created by Vietnam veteran Leslie Lightfoot, Veteran Homestead, a 501c3 organization has created environments that help veterans immerse themselves more fully into a better quality of life. We involve entire families when appropriate and foster the veteran’s self-worth as he or she transitions from soldier to civilian. Veteran Homestead raises funds through its own efforts and receives some state and federal support. The organization directs 90% of funding to the veterans in its direct care and 10% to grant writing and fund raising. Veteran Homestead facilities include:

· The Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center – Gardner: The first and only facility in the United States to serve afflicted veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families by combining housing, physical therapy, counseling and college courses PTSD, TBI, amputees and burn victims. It is a LEED Gold facility.

· The Veteran Homestead Hospice – Fitchburg: The only privately run, veteran-specific hospice in the country.

· The Veteran Victory Farm – Fitzwilliam, N.H.: A working organic farm and permanent housing for veterans with substance abuse issues, mild TBI and in need of supportive services –
the first one in the country.

· La Hacienda de Veteranos – Caguas, P.R.: The only facility of its kind in Puerto Rico, it serves homeless veterans, focusing on restoring a sense of self-worth.

· The Hero Homestead – Leominster: Transitional housing for veterans dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as other challenges related to homelessness.

· The Armistice Homestead – Leominster: Assisted living in place for the elderly or medically frail.

About Officer John Moynihan:

John Moynihan served our country as a U.S. Army Ranger Lieutenant 10th Mountain Division “in sector” in Iraq. He is currently a Boston Police gang unit officer who was honored at the White House in 2014 for his role in saving the life of a fellow officer who was injured during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers.

About F1 Boston:

Located in Braintree, F1 Boston is New England’s premier high performance kart racing venue for corporate events and social functions, featuring two indoor European-style kart tracks. F1 Boston’s unique, total participatory approach uses the parallel tenets of both racing and business – leadership, teamwork, attention to detail, competition, and focus – all critical to the success of any race or business team. Customized programs focus on team building, leadership development, staff motivation and strengthening relationships.

Veterans In Need:

· The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 9% being female. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 11% of the 442,723 adult homeless population are veterans.

· About 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

· By their own admission the VA is only seeing 1/3 of returned veterans.
· Approximately 22 veterans a day take their own life, according to Veteran Affairs department estimates.

· Families of service men and women are subject to severe emotional and financial strain associated with the disruption caused by multiple tours of duty. The divorce rate among returning wounded veterans is 84%, and it is not uncommon for a veteran to return to an empty bank account, a home foreclosure and a family in crisis.

· The Veterans Administration is treating more than 210,000 service men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan for PTSD; more than 67,000 are classified as disabled.

· The Department of Defense estimates that 360,000 service men and women have some type of blast-related brain injury, however, many returning veterans don’t even realize they have a traumatic brain injury.

BE THERE!

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You are invited to
Veteran Homestead’s
MISSION POSSIBLE!

A fundraising event to
reclaim lives and revitalize futures for our veterans.

When: Sunday, 4 October

Where: Great Wolf Lodge
Fitchburg

Time: 4 PM – 7 PM

Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and silent auction

Please attend this inspirational early evening of cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction.

All to help support Veteran Homestead’s effort to transition soldiers back to civilian life, so they can reclaim their lives and revitalize their futures!

$10 minimum donation at the door

For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Cindy Correll
cindy@veteranhomestead.org

Proceeds from this event will benefit Veteran Homestead, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts that has been providing housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans since 1993 who are disabled from wars past and present.

Created by a veteran and staffed with experts who share the compassion and commitment to treat and accommodate wounded heroes in their transition to civilian life, Veteran Homestead, Inc., operates six unique programs located in Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner, Massachusetts, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and Caguas, Puerto Rico.

For more information about Veteran Homestead, Inc., CLICK HERE 

veteranhomestead.org

Veteran Homestead’s MISSION POSSIBLE!

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You are invited to Veteran Homestead’s MISSION POSSIBLE!
A fundraising event to 
reclaim lives and revitalize futures for our veterans!
   
When:   
 Sunday, 4 October

Where:  
Great Wolf Lodge
Fitchburg

Time:
4 PM – 7 PM

Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and silent auction 
  
Please attend this inspirational early evening of cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction.

All to help support Veteran Homestead’s effort to transition soldiers back to civilian life, so they can reclaim their lives and revitalize their futures.

$10 minimum donation at the door

Proceeds from this event will benefit Veteran Homestead, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts that has been providing housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans since 1993 who are disabled from wars past and present. 

Created by a veteran and staffed with experts who share the compassion and commitment to treat and accommodate wounded heroes in their transition to civilian life, Veteran Homestead, Inc., operates six unique programs located in Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner, Massachusetts, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and Caguas, Puerto Rico.   
 
For more information about Veteran Homestead, Inc., please visit:

www.veteranhomestead.org

VETERAN HOMESTEAD TO OPEN 10 NEW HOMES AT ITS GARDNER FACILITY

Wednesday, August 22
Northeast Veterans Training and Rehabilitation Center
3 Victory Lane, Gardner, Massachusetts
Next to Mount Wachusett Community College
5 pm – 7 pm

Gardner – Veteran Homestead Inc., an independent, non-profit organization that provides housing and care to U.S. Armed Services veterans who are elderly, disabled or diagnosed with a terminal illness, will dedicate the final 10 homes at its Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) tomorrow, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The NVTRC, specific to veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is one of six facilities that Veteran Homestead created and oversees in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico to serve veterans needing medical, psychological, and spiritual care.

The event will welcome Coleman Nee, Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services, and Tyrene Hodge, Foundation Field Manager of Home Depot, as special guests among others. One of the new units will be dedicated to Home Depot, a Veteran Homestead supporter. Veteran Homestead founder and CEO, Leslie Lightfoot, who served as a U.S. Army medic during Vietnam from 1967-1970, will host the event. Today a Board-Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Lightfoot witnessed the effects of physical and brain injuries on soldiers during her career in the service, as well as in the years afterward caring for veterans.

The NVTRC facility focuses on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), two of the most common maladies suffered by veterans of these wars. It is the only facility of its kind in the United States that serves these afflicted veterans and their families by offering housing, physical therapy, counseling and college courses. The facility can also accommodate amputees and burn patients. There is a therapy dog-training program, as well. Veteran Homestead wants to replicate this type of facility across the U.S.

Life With Dignity

The homes at NVTRC are designed to provide both comfort and dignity to veterans and their families. The soon to be dedicated group of 10 homes doubles the number at the facility, the first group having opened in October 2010. Each 2-bedroom home offers approximately 1,200 square feet of living space and comes equipped with all appliances. Like all Veteran Homestead facilities, the NVTRC complex is sized so that each veteran in its care can receive maximum attention from the staff.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Designed for energy efficiency, the NVTRC facility and 20 homes are heated and cooled by geothermal pumps, while solar panels on the roofs generate electricity resulting in no electric bills as well as giving back to the regional grid.

About Veteran Homestead, Inc.

Veteran Homestead raises funds through its own efforts and receives some state and federal support. The organization directs 90% of funding to the veterans in its direct care and 10% to grant writing and fund raising. Other Veteran Homestead facilities include:

• The Veteran Homestead Hospice – Fitchburg, Mass.: The only privately run, veteran-specific hospice in the country.

• The Veteran Victory Farm – Fitzwilliam, N.H.: A working organic farm for veterans with substance abuse issues and mild TBI — the first one in the country.

• La Hacienda de Veteranos – Caguas, P.R.: The only facility of its kind in Puerto Rico, it serves homeless veterans, focusing on restoring a sense of self-worth.

• The Hero Homestead – Leominster, Mass.: For elderly homeless veterans.

• The Armistice Homestead – Leominster, Mass.: Substance abuse after care for homeless veterans.

Veteran Homestead facilities encourage residents to handle as many of their own needs as they can and to help each other through the transition from homelessness to independent living. Residents must commit to a drug-free, alcohol-free lifestyle and be willing to contribute toward the support of the program.

Veterans In Need

• The Veterans Administration estimates that, as of September 30, 2011, there were 212,337 homeless veterans aged 18-30, with 144,842 of those in shelters. Homelessness among women veterans increased 141% between 2006 and 2010. By their own admission the VA is only seeing 1/3 of returned veterans.

• Families of service men and women are subject to severe emotional and financial strain associated with the disruption caused by multiple tours of duty. The divorce rate among returning wounded veterans is 84%, and it is not uncommon for a veteran to return to an empty bank account, a home foreclosure and a family in crisis.

• The Veterans Administration is treating more than 210,000 service men and women from Iraq and Afghanistan for PTSD; more than 67,000 are classified as disabled.

• The Department of Defense estimates that 360,000 service men and women have some type of blast-related brain injury, however, many returning veterans don’t even realize they have a traumatic brain injury.