CHANGING THE STORY
“I was out of my mind and barely spoke, mainly using hand and arm signals.” That is how Matt, a Marine combat Veteran, firefighter, and PTSD sufferer, described himself when he arrived at Camp Hope in 2015. He was jobless, wordless, and basically hopeless.
While in our program with fellow combat Veterans, things began to change. Words began to flow again, he was able to serve as a volunteer firefighter with a nearby department, and hope was restored.
One year after returning to his home, he was hired by his local department as a full-time firefighter – a dream once doubted had been fulfilled! And now, five years later, Matt has been promoted to the position of “Captain”! That simply describes his professional life, but he continued as he wrote to his Camp Hope “brothers,” “Family life is great, and I owe a lot to Camp Hope for helping me get to where I am today."
When you hear any particular month is some certain “awareness month”, we usually think loss of life. For instance, June is “PTSD Awareness Month”. People tend to think of the 20+ daily suicides in the Veteran community alone, not to mention first responders, law enforcement, and the countless other forms of trauma that can lead to post-traumatic stress. Certainly, we are working feverishly to lower that number, but our mission is more complex.
Matt wrote these words as a “thank you.” When I asked his permission to share this with you, he gladly responded and desired it to bring hope to “the guys.” No doubt, it does inspire hope to those who are currently trying to change their own story!
I share it and wish to express our gratitude for your support of this great cause. When you volunteer, when you bring food and household items for our residents, when you shop using Amazon Smile or donate a vehicle to make a financial investment in this mission, you are ensuring this program, this community, this safe place is here for the next Veteran that comes in without a home, without a family, without a brotherhood, without a job, without hope. Together, we provide the opportunity to do much more than change some statistics. We are providing America’s combat Veterans and their families everything they need to completely create a new and positive trajectory for their lives.
We are changing the story!
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DONORS SHOWING LOVE & CARE
Chris King and his family donated items from our Urgent Need List. Thank you for bringing your donations personally to Camp Hope! We are so encouraged to see families give back to Veterans!
Thank you to the Tejano Veteran Association and the American Legion for giving to Camp Hope! We appreciate your faithfully showing up for our Veterans!
This young man is Caiden Wells. He raised money for Camp Hope and came by to present us with his donation! Thank you, Caiden, for your hard work in honoring Veterans!
These guys are holding 60 chickens, enough for 6 meals for 80 guys each. A huge thank you to Kimberly Dybeck for donating to Camp Hope!
Pam used her skills & talent to create this beautiful cross-stitch for us. And she brought flip flops for our residents! Thank you for showing your love to our Veterans!
Glen Moore bringing bacon & sausage to some very appreciative guys! Looking forward to smelling breakfast all over the campus!
The Creekside Elementary showing up with some love to our Veterans, they donated basketball shorts, backpacks and notebooks. Way to go!!!
The Veterans travel each week to counseling sessions which is part of their program while staying at Camp Hope. We need to make sure lunch is provided for all 75-85 Veterans while out during the day. Lori Peiger and the National Charity League- Cypress Belles have shown up faithfully every week for over a year to bring sack lunches for the residents going to counseling. Often adding treats, messages, and encouraging words. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you provided to our Veterans. You will never know the number of lives you have touched by your service!
Jack & JoAnn Crawford from the American Legion Auxiliary 521 brought a breakfast smorgasbord. Bacon, eggs, cereal, pancake mix, and sausage. There will be smiles on some Veterans' faces when they wake up to that breakfast!! Thank you
Justin Massey from Explore USA bringing a donation to help Veterans get the help they need. We are so grateful for folks who want to give back to those who wear the uniform and sacrifice so much for our freedom!
Dallas Golf Classic was held in Farmers Branch, Texas. Presented by HD Supply, organized and facilitated by the Grateful Americans Charity. We are more than grateful for all that went into this event. A special thank you to all the volunteers & those behind the scenes!
Raising awareness at the Bigass Crawfish Bash held in La Marque, Texas. Lots of good food and fun meeting all kinds of folks. Last year's bash was canceled due to COVID-19 but they donated to the PTSD Foundation of America despite the shutdown. They were back at it this year and we are grateful for their commitment.
Thank you to the Lone Star Jeep Invasion for presenting a donation to the PTSD Foundation of America. It is exciting to see folks get excited about giving.
We spent some time at the Job Fair held at Gallery Furniture. We got to meet a lot of folks and shake hands with a few Veterans. Thank you Michael Berry & Mattress Mack for inviting us to be a part of this event.
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All of our services are absolutely free to Veterans and their family. We need your help caring for their needs while they get the help they need during the 6-8 month stay at Camp Hope. We appreciate any help you can give!
You can support us in two ways: You can order items from our needs list on AMAZONSMILE and have it shipped directly to Camp Hope or you can download the list from our website and take it shopping with you and personally deliver to Camp Hope! Each shopping list has the specific items that we have selected to fulfill the URGENT NEEDS. Choose which list you prefer to help with and then select items to purchase.
Our hope is that your donation experience will be simple. We could not be more grateful to you for taking the time to give back to those who so selflessly gave to our country in service.
Camp Hope Urgent Needs List contains the items needed to care for our Veterans on a daily basis along with maintaining the campus facility and running our programs. We could not do what we do without the generous folks who give faithfully! if you would like a copy of our list you can download it here:
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