Donor Spotlight: DAV Charitable Service Trust

Donor Spotlight: DAV Charitable Service Trust

December’s Donor Spotlight features one of the nation’s largest funders of programs providing direct service to ill and injured veterans: the DAV Charitable Service Trust (“The Trust”).

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Organized in 1988, “The Trust” supports a wide range of efforts that empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Some of these efforts include: providing food, shelter and other critical resources to homeless or at-risk veterans; mobility items for veterans with vision loss, hearing loss, or amputations; evidence-based therapeutic activities for veterans and dependents with psychological ailments; education, training, and career-readiness for veterans in transition; and physical rehabilitation services aimed at some of America’s most profoundly wounded veterans, bringing hope to the forgotten and suffering military families of all eras. The Trust has awarded more than $80 million since 1988 in service to disabled veterans and their dependents.

The Trust has supported the Thresholds Veterans Project since 2011, awarding $50,000 over that span. This money helped in a variety of ways: it helped pay for furnishings and move-in costs for our newly housed veterans, it helped launch new therapeutic activities such as horticulture therapy and dog training, and it supported services that help our veterans find and maintain employment. Much like The Trust, Thresholds takes pride in working exclusively with veterans who face the most complex challenges in their civilian lives. For Thresholds members, these challenges are related to mental illness, homelessness, unemployment, trauma, and/or substance abuse. Thanks in part to The Trust’s support, we have developed the gold standard for a community-based behavioral health program for veterans.

The Trust is an affiliated entity of the  DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit dedicated to providing advocacy and assistance for our nation’s ill and injured veterans. Founded in 1920, DAV works to ensure that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fights for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educates the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

We are thrilled that a national funder like The Trust shares our passion for improving the lives of Chicago-based veterans who struggle with serious mental illness. The Trust’s significant investment in our Veterans Project has, without doubt, made a profound impact on hundreds of our members.

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