LEXINGTON, KY – Goodwill Industries of Kentucky donated $30,000 in vouchers to the Lexington VA Health Care System, bringing its donation total to the facility to more than $80,000 in just under three years as part of its partnership with the Lexington VAHCS.
Lexington VAHCS social workers, especially in the Homeless Program, have found that the vouchers are an invaluable resource for veterans across the bluegrass. The Homeless Program not only works to house veterans but works to ensure they stay housed.
“When a veteran gets housing, they need so much more. Clothing, linens, maybe a coffee pot but especially furniture,” said John Scott, Lexington VAHC social worker. “Goodwill is in so many locations across Kentucky and has so many things, so veterans can find what they need.”
U.S. Air Force and Army Veteran Jennifer Neri started receiving care at Lexington VAHCS in 2018 and received Goodwill vouchers when she lost everything during her move to Kentucky. Ms. Neri has two children, a son, 15 years old, and a daughter, 8 years old.
“The Goodwill vouchers have helped,” Ms. Neri said. “Without them I wouldn’t have been able to get some of my furniture, towels, coffee pot, clothing for me and the kids or even presents for Christmas.”
Lexington VA Health Care System and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s partnership started in 2019 and allowed VA to close it’s clothing donation room so veterans did not have to come to Lexington to get goods. Goodwill donates 10s of thousands of dollars every year in $10 vouchers to the Lexington VAHCS, a portion of which is distributed to the Louisville VA Medical Center. VA social workers work with veterans needing vouchers to get clothes and other goods in their local communities. The Lexington VAHCS assists Goodwill with employing veterans at VA.