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Giving Tuesday with the Veteran Interns

Veterans On the Rise is so happy to have hosted 29 veteran interns for a service project on November 29, 2016, Giving Tuesday.  Our nation’s leaders have said it time and time again, “If you want something done right, and if you want something done quickly hire a vet!”  VOTR is in the business of service events, fundraising for veteran services, as well as providing housing and holistic services.  On Tuesday we welcomed veterans acquisition student volunteers to our facilities for a service project.  These veterans did not disappoint. They arrived on time, and got down to business cleaning, painting, and connecting, and in the end VOTR racked up 72.5 service hours.  At VOTR, the spirit of caring continues!  Join us for an event or activity by reaching out to us at info@vetsontherise.org

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Updates on Temple B’nai Shalom Mitzvah

In addition to helping veterans gain temporary and permanent housing, we also help veterans to live their lives in balance.  We are so happy to say that the weekend prior to Thanksgiving we ended our blanket drive, and the Temple B’nai Shalom didn’t miss a beat!  They provided VOTR residents with 82 new blankets to go into care packages and help them warm up for the cold weather season.

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Blankets keep us warm when the cold winds blow.  Wool ones stay warm in the rain and snow.  You can sit on them to have watch a sporting event, at picnics, or fold them up for a cushion.  In Native American traditions blankets are use to establish relationships between parent and child.

To give a blanket is to demonstrate great respect, honor and admiration for an individual. When receiving a blanket as a gift, the giver holds the individual in very high respects for their generosity and accomplishments. It is believed that receiving a blanket will bring good dreams and prosperity.


Harvest pumpkin painting contest

In addition to helping veterans gain temporary and permanent housing, we also help veterans to live their lives in balance.  As a part of this effort on October 28, we hosted a pumpkin carving contest.  A few of the VOTR veterans turned out to be very talented artisans. 20 veterans attended this event, and 10 showed off their painting skills thanks to our event sponsor Geppetto Catering! Check out the link to a video clip of the pumpkin painting contest.

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The winning pumpkin!

Who will win the contest?

VOTR pumpkin!

VOTR pumpkin!

 

The winning pumpkin!


Golf is a game for all season. 

In October 2016 VOTR began connecting veterans and community members with the game of golf.  We enjoyed the time so much that we are going to do it again in Novembers. Here are a few images from our TOPGOLF in Ashburn.

 

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October is national bullying prevention month. 

Perhaps you know someone who has been bullied recently? October was National Bullying Prevention Month.  Veterans On the Rise, or VOTR, a 501(c)3 that ends homelessness in veterans and veteran families converged on  Title Boxing Gym in Springfield, VA for the Find THE GREATEST You event. There we learned techniques, burned calories, and just played.  This event was meant also to draw attention to issues of mental health awareness, and to foster a spirit of healthy self care with VOTR customers, staff, and community members.  At VOTR, we believe that movement goes key to self care.  VOTR veterans are going to start going to TITLE regularly boxing workout efforts.  Find here a few pictures from the event. For a video images of a participant practicing her sparking talents click here VOTR@TITLE.

ED showing off his boxing chops!

ED showing off his boxing chops!

Veterans bringing power to sparing.

Veterans bringing power to sparing.

#VOTRworks!

#VOTRworks!

VOTR is helping veterans to live in balance. We are dealing with their vocational, housing, and holistic needs.  Exercise and movement is one of the areas key to addressing challenges. If you would like to get involved please contact us at info@vetsontherise.org. We are always looking for community members who would like to help us orchestrate our fitness and health and wellness efforts! We look forward to seeing you!!!

 


VOTR celebrates veterans who gain access to vouchers and keys to their permanent home each month!happy-customer

This veteran just received his keys! Congrats sir. Job well done. We are looking forward to seeing all the places you will go!  To find out more about the value of VOTR programs, click here VOTRWorks!

 

 


In September 2016 Avalon Bay showed a spirit of caring. 

This year marked the second annual spirit of caring month with Avalon Bay development communities.  We welcomed over 44 volunteers to our facilities for a series of not one, not two, but eight service events.  These events included painting, networking, light construction, and other efforts. Some our more able bodied veterans joined in the fun.  The final service event day culminated with a cookout for the veterans, staff and volunteers.  See some of the images below! If your organization is looking for a team building or service project we are always looking for groups to come in and assist with our efforts.  Please contact info@vetsontherise.org.

The architects of these service events!

The architects of these service events!

After a job well done!

After a job well done!

Avalon Bay volunteers are ready, willing, and able.

Avalon Bay volunteers are ready, willing, and able.

Over the years we’ve done services events with Give An Hour, Mission Continues, Student Veterans, Team Rubicon.  There’s room for your group to! Join the fun!

 

 


Visit from America Works, Grid Alternatives, and Solar Ready Vets!

America Works visited VOTR to help us recruit veterans into employment opportunities.  We also met with Grid Alternatives, and Solar Ready Vets to explore opportunities to get our veterans connected to the best employment opportunities. We even tried to get some services dogs to our facilities for a fun day of therapeutic interaction. Hoping to see a service dog event, or something like it happen soon.  We encourage companies who are participating in the Fair Chance Business Pledge to connect with VOTR and consider hiring a veteran! Get a glimpse of our training with Grid Alternatives here Solar Roofing clip @ VOTR.

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An electrician apprenticeship to light up your life!

It is time to increase veteran employment with apprenticeships

It is time to increase veteran employment with apprenticeships

Veterans have so many skills and they can translate these skills to great opportunities as electrician apprentices.

Veterans have so many skills and they can translate these skills to great opportunities as electrician apprentices.

VOTR is hosted an electrician apprentice open house on Dec 22, 2015. VOTR escorted a cohort of veterans interested in becoming electricians to an electrician apprenticeship school in Laurel, MD for facility tour and interest meeting about best ways to become certified as an electrician. VOTR will run another electrician information session in 2016 to highlight pathways for veterans to regain their footing after a time of valued military service or a stint of homelessness.

Veterans who become apprenticeships learn about general electrical trades and renewable energy!

Veterans who become apprentices learn about general electrical trades and renewable energy!

 

Wend, water, solar, and heart! Captain Planet would be proud!

Wind, water, solar, and heart! Captain Planet would be proud!

“By an irony of fate, my first employment was as a draftsman.  I hated drawing; it was for me the worst of annoyances.  Fortunately, it was not long before I secured the position I sought, that of chief electrician to a telephone company. ” — Nikola Tesla

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A Breakfast with Santa

This doll baby received five holiday gifts and ate breakfast with her father and Santa!

This doll baby received five holiday gifts and ate breakfast with her father and Santa!

Breakfast with Santa was a beautiful celebration, hosted by VOTR and Families Forward on December 21, 2015. Family and friends gather together at VOTR to celebrate the joy of giving. Each family was greeted with a warm welcome as they entered into VOTR and were greeted by Santa and his helpers. Not only did each child receive five Christmas gifts, but they also left with a fresh set of school uniforms, and a warm breakfast in their tummies. 150 children and their parents were served. Many fathers came to Breakfast with Santa with their children.

Santa was as jolly as he could be when he took pictures with the families. The children’s hearts were full with joy when Ms. Gregory generously distributed.

Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz visits soldiers providing medical care and U.S. dignitaries in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 12, 2014. This week long trip provided the general with an opportunity to engage with over 21 service members from multiple states who were providing medical care to citizens of Jamaica.

Two youngsters eagerly await their chance to gain new gifts and school uniforms.

Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz visits soldiers providing medical care and U.S. dignitaries in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 12, 2014. This week long trip provided the general with an opportunity to engage with over 21 service members from multiple states who were providing medical care to citizens of Jamaica.

You guessed it, his belly shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly!

 

 

Early Sunday morning VOTR vets partner with Families Forward to provide a breakfast of scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sausages. A brown santa also attended the event and was on hand to greet children and take photos.

Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz visits soldiers providing medical care and U.S. dignitaries in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 12, 2014. This week long trip provided the general with an opportunity to engage with over 21 service members from multiple states who were providing medical care to citizens of Jamaica.

He didn’t know where he was, but he knew he was having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VOTR goes On Air 

In November 2015, the Director of Public Affairs of Veterans On the Rise sat on a panel at the Jennifer Hammond Show to discuss the housing and holistic needs of veterans and veteran families. The show aired on Sirius/ XM Urbanview and POTUS Channel.

Veterans Homelessness Forum Urban View Nov 5, 2015 Ending Veteran Homelessness

Veterans Homelessness Forum Urban View Nov 5, 2015 Ending Veteran Homelessness

Executive Director of VOTR went to the Roach Brown Show to discuss issues of mental healthcare and homelessness in veterans in November 2015.

Roach Brown, David C, and Mr. Avery talk about the need to help heal the lives of homeless veterans.

Roach Brown, David C, and Mr. Avery talk about the need to help heal the lives of homeless veterans.

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Celebration of Service with Give An Hour

On November 1, a large group of volunteers gathered at Veterans On the Rise HQ to work on an effort to enhance the facilities where homeless veterans served by VOTR live.  They came armed with paint brushes, rakes, gardening gloves, and big hearts for veterans. In four short hours a wide range of community volunteers worked tirelessly to celebrate service to veterans. We created community, expressed our gratitude, and had an excellent time.  Celebrate service every day!

Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz visits soldiers providing medical care and U.S. dignitaries in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 12, 2014. This week long trip provided the general with an opportunity to engage with over 21 service members from multiple states who were providing medical care to citizens of Jamaica.

It was a balmy 65 degrees ion November 1. It made it very easy to lend a helping hand for veterans!

Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz visits soldiers providing medical care and U.S. dignitaries in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 12, 2014. This week long trip provided the general with an opportunity to engage with over 21 service members from multiple states who were providing medical care to citizens of Jamaica.

Large group gathers on a Sunday morning to show how much they care about the cause of ending homelessness in veterans and about helping to address the mental health issue of veterans.

 

Give An Hour Hosts a Celebration of Service in DC @ Veterans On the Rise where 80 people connect to discuss the importance of serving those who serve, and work to deliver beautification activities at non-profit VOTR. So much can be done with good preparation, and willing volunteers in a few hours.

Give An Hour hosts a Celebration of Service in DC @ Veterans On the Rise where volunteers and veterans connect to discuss the importance of serving those who served. So much can be done with good preparation, and willing volunteers in a few hours.

 

Give An Hour Hosts a Celebration of Service in DC @ Veterans On the Rise where 80 people connect to discuss the importance of serving those who serve, and work to deliver beautification activities at non-profit VOTR. So much can be done with good preparation, and willing volunteers in a few hours.

Give An Hour Hosts a Celebration of Service in DC @ Veterans On the Rise where 80 people connect to discuss the importance of serving those who serve, and work to deliver beautification activities at non-profit VOTR. So much can be done with good preparation, and willing volunteers in a few hours.

Give An Hour Hosts a Celebration of Service in DC @ Veterans On the Rise where 80 people connect to discuss the importance of serving those who serve, and work to deliver beautification activities at non-profit VOTR. So much can be done with good preparation, and willing volunteers in a few hours.

Give An Hour Hosts a Celebration of Service in DC @ Veterans On the Rise where 80 people connect to discuss the importance of serving those who serve, and work to deliver beautification activities at non-profit VOTR. So much can be done with good preparation, and willing volunteers in a few hours.

 

Congressman Elijah Cummings gives a speech in Howard County on community service, home ownership, and education funding, and pauses to take a picture with Executive Director of Veterans On the Rise, Charles Avery, LICSW.

Congressman Elijah Cummings gives a speech in Howard County on community service, home ownership, and education funding, and pauses to take a picture with Executive Director of Veterans On the Rise, Charles Avery, LICSW. Two Howard University Alums who exhibit a valued commitment to public service!

Urban League Thursday Network Members, VOTR Staff, DC Metropolitan Area community leaders, and VOTR veterans come together for a day of service.

Urban League Thursday Network Members, VOTR Staff, and DC Metropolitan Area community leaders, and VOTR veterans come together for a day of service. (Photo by Melanie Avery (Peony Strategy LLC)

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VOTR ED and VOTR veteran prepare to paint a veteran apartment during the VOTR day of service.

Congressman Elijah Cummings, Howard Country, Community Service, Home ownership, Education funding, Best ahead

The VOTR empowerment center is cubby build central during the day of service.  Community member who happens to be an engineer makes quick work of the cubby build.

Hammers, nails and elbow grease build cubbies and safer communities!

Hammers, nails and elbow grease build cubbies and safer communities!

Congressman Elijah Cummings, Howard Country, Community Service, Home ownership, Education funding, Best ahead

VOTR veterans pause to take a picture during the a monthly religious service offered to veterans on a voluntary basis.

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Helping veterans and veteran families is what VOTR is all about.

 

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Seasoned engineers make quick work of designing the cubby systems for VOTR veteran bedrooms.

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The VOTR empowerment center is a true multipurpose room. It serves as a location for valuable training, for team building sessions, and for community engagement! Come build your power at the VOTR empowerment center!

Roach Brown visits VOTR and MBI to talk with and motivate returning citizens.

Roach Brown visits VOTR and MBI to talk with and motivate returning citizens.

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First Baptist Church of Merrifield, VA, Palm Sunday Service where Rev. Martin T. Pickett is the Senior Pastor

On February 7, 2014, Soldiers from the District of Columbia National Guard met with and interviewed residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.

 

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Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz visits soldiers providing medical care and U.S. dignitaries in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 12, 2014. This week long trip provided the general with an opportunity to engage with over 21 service members from multiple states who were providing medical care to citizens of Jamaica.

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