Heaven on Earth for Veterans, Inc.
PO Box 66676, St Pete Beach, Fl 33736-6676
Heaven on Earth for Veterans has had a great 2017. This is because of our community of supporters. We continue to be humbled by your generosity and your commitment to making where we live a better place. As you know, our mission is to alleviate Pinellas County veteran homelessness by providing quality, low cost, safe living spaces for veterans in need. Because of your help, we are continuing to accomplish that mission.
We have continued to receive incredibly generous monetary and in-kind gifts. Your gifts have truly made a difference. To mention a few, we had a foundation just gift us $20,000 this month! The St. Petersburg West Rotary again donated an amazing $10,000 from the proceeds of their annual Casino Royal Fundraiser. The St. Petersburg Chapter of Military Officers Association of America(SPAMOAA) has continued to support us by paying for a storage area. For a third year, the Yacht & Tennis Club at St. Pete Beach held a fundraiser for us which raised over $1700 in one evening. A local family-owned restaurant, Mid Peninsula Seafood, has continued to provide periodic free dinners for the veterans in our homes. The Seminole Elks Club provided $2000 worth of cleaning supplies and bedding for our homes. A local Boy Scout created a raised garden bed at one of our homes for his Eagle Scout project. Many local organizations and individuals have stepped up to help our veterans. Please check out our website for a more complete list.
In 2018 we will concentrate on 2 huge projects. The first is finishing up the repairs to our 9th home to be able to house 3 more veterans. Again this year, Volunteers of America of Florida has stepped up to provide a new roof for our 9th home. We are partnering with a local colleges to see if we can house student veterans in this house. The second project is really big-building a new, 4 bedroom, 2 bath house on the vacant lot we were able to purchase from the city as a result of donor generosity.
We continue to partner with local businesses and other nonprofits to assist our veterans in job placement,financial assistance and financial planning. We are so grateful that you are partnering with us to offer veterans in need "a safe place to land." Over 145 veterans have either come through, transitioned on, or are still living in our homes. We will continue to work hard to purchase more homes to help more veterans. Never forget that with your donation, you are truly making a difference in veterans' lives.We wish you a joyous holiday season an a happy and healthy New Year.
Carol A. Barkalow and Sheila R. Mutascio
Co-founders, Heaven on Earth for Veterans, Inc.
100% of your donation goes to helping veterans in need – all donations are tax deductible.