This Give Butter campaign directly impacts the TJH’s ability to help Veterans rebuild after a disaster. In order to make the greatest impact, TJH is investing $25,000.00 in equipment and training in 2021. Making this investment gives us the assurance that TJH can and will be there for Veterans, now and in the future. We are asking you to invest your financial re-services to this important mission. Together, we can meet the demands of this investment. Our request is significant in two ways.
- The focus of TJH’s mission and vision in response to a natural disaster, is to lift up Veterans with unique and special recovery needs. This is significant. Asking, “are you a Veteran” when connecting with disaster victims is seldom explored by relief organizations. When TJH asked this question in 2020, about 30% answered “yes.” Those needing help did not know how or where to get started. The PTSD, medical or mental health illnesses, and/or substance abuse disorders experienced by Veterans are uniquely challenging. These challenges become even more overwhelming during, or after a crisis or a disaster situation. Making available a team of social workers and volunteers that know how to support Veterans, and to assist them in navigating the challenges of rebuilding and recovery, is not only significant. It’s an approach or a model in disaster response that few organizations attempt. It is also why TJH created their Disaster Response Team. When found it essential to sit down with Veterans and walk them through the collecting of, and completing and submitting the paperwork required for applications to resources. Like other relief organizations, we love to help in food and supply distribution lines. TJH works side-by-side with others as we together cut down trees and clear debris. But our social workers and volunteers are also there to sit with Veterans. To listen and to ask questions and to make sure Veterans are connected to important local, regional and national resources. This personal step is vital for a Veteran struggling with PTSD, a medical or mental health illness, or a substance abuse disorder. These issues, illnesses, and disorders are common factors of those who enter homelessness. If we can quickly find these Veterans after a hurricane – to give support and to link them to vital resources – the greater the chance we have of keeping them off the streets or preventing them from entering homeless shelters or choosing to make a bed under a bridge.
- The Disaster Relief Coalition spoken of in this campaign is made up of experts in managing onsite (command center) logistics, mitigation and resource management, food and meal distribution, and emergency supplies and resource logistics. People helping people versus people helping organizations that help people is significant in its approach and design. The determination of the TJH to help build a coalition and to join together with experienced disaster organizations for the purpose of linking people directly to those in need speaks directly to our organization’s core values. Without a coalition like this, organizations or individuals who want to help, and do not know how to get started or where to go to make an impact, stay home. These individuals and their organizations now have a resource that will connect them directly to those most in need. This coalition offers logistical, mitigation and resource management, and emergency food and supply infrastructure so that organizations throughout the United States can bring their “mission” or “ministry” directly to the people.