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Donor Spotlight: VNA Foundation

Donor Spotlight: VNA Foundation

This month we are pleased to feature the VNA Foundation, a key partner in helping Thresholds launch the innovative Women Veterans Health Initiative.

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VNA Foundation was founded in 1890 as the Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago, an organization that employed its own nurses to provide health care to the underprivileged. Among its founders was pioneering social activist and Nobel Prize winner Jane Addams. Since 1995, VNA has operated exclusively as a grant-making foundation, giving financial support to nonprofit organizations offering home- and community-based care to the medically underserved.

In 2013, the VNA Foundation provided seed funding to launch the Thresholds Women Veterans Health Project, which provides comprehensive services tailored to the unique needs of a rapidly growing population: women veterans who are low-income and face mental health challenges. The program provides targeted outreach to both local VA’s and women-serving organizations in the community, trauma therapy, and support groups that help women overcome challenges related to sexism and domestic violence. Together, along with the VA and other social service organizations, Thresholds and the VNA Foundation strive to raise the bar nationally for providing women-centered, veteran-focused services. Thanks to the VNA Foundation, the Thresholds’ Women Veterans Health Project, now in its third year, is serving close to 50 women veterans annually.