“One of the best things we can do in this life is help those in need – everyone needs help at some point in our lives”
The Friese Foundation is proud to support The Salvation Army and their programs specifically for veterans.
Los Angeles has the highest number of homeless veterans in the United States and that number is expected to grow. Once they return from war, our heroes face challenges reintegrating into society. The Salvation Army provides a variety of services for veterans, giving them the support they need to move forward and achieve stability in their lives.
The organization helps veterans like Kirk, who is unable to work because of heart problems. After a quadruple bypass, he currently takes 12 different kinds of medications including pills for high blood pressure and diabetes.
When he was released from the hospital after his heart surgery, he had nowhere to live. There was a long waiting list at the local veterans’ facilities, so he was referred to The Salvation Army. He was placed at the Bell Shelter where they help him with his medicines and transport him to his doctors’ appointments.
“They are looking out for me. When I came back from the hospital all the managers called me by my name and asked me how I was doing. I liked that.”
When asked where he would be without The Salvation Army he said, “Honestly I don’t know.”
The Salvation Army is working with veterans like Kenneth who served in the U.S. Air Force. He is part of the employment program and is currently looking for a fulltime position as a peer support counselor so he can help others. He credits his Salvation Army case managers with helping him stay on the right path and moving him forward toward a positive life.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own.” Kenneth says.
The Friese Foundation is proud to support The Salvation Army’s programs and hope you will join us in supporting their work.