I am a proud U.S. Navy veteran that served my country during Desert Storm. I have been a resident of the Veteran Accession House for close to 2 years and have been so successful in reaching and exceeding my goals, not only as a father but as a U.S. veteran. My time here at VAH was well spent bettering myself, my career and most of all my well-being and overall health.
Along with my hard work and self-perseverance the VAH gave me the resources that I needed to make my successes happen. I met my good friend and veteran brother Leonard Ramirez at the Pleasanton Stand Down back in 2018 after experiencing homelessness for the second time in my adult life. I was interviewed and accepted to live here and have been nothing but blessed in my stay. I was given every accommodation that a veteran could possibly ask for during my residency at VAH.
My brother Leonard Ramirez always took time out of his busy schedule helping other veterans at the VAH to assist me with any questions that I might have or just to check in with me to see my progress. He introduced me to my brother Alex Alexander from Shelter Inc. who always provided the best kind of motivation and help that every veteran can appreciate in a time of need. Sometimes even late at night or on the weekends these gentlemen would make sure that all our needs were met and any assistance that was needed was always made available to each and every veteran at the VAH.
I also am very appreciative of Nubia Ramirez who helped me as well and always took the time out of her busy schedule to make sure all of mine and my fellow veteran brothers’ needs were met. Even if it was just taking the time out too see how I was doing in my everyday life both Nubia and Leonard displayed their love and appreciation for me and my other veteran brothers at the VAH. As a veteran that has experienced homelessness and battled disabilities, I felt as if I was part of a family that cared when not too many others did.
Since my residency at the VAH I’ve made advances such as obtaining a 100% service-connected disability pension and now starting the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment program to return to school and obtain the skills that I need to begin a new career. These advances were made possible through my hard work and determination but without the resources and one on one help that I received while residing at the VAH, it would not have been possible. I am now scheduled to leave VAH, transitioning into permanent housing, which was something I could not have imaged without the help of the staff at VAH.
I would highly recommend any veteran that is struggling with homelessness or just needs help in general to reach out to the Veteran Accession House and get the tools and resources needed to better themselves and their wellbeing.
Best Regards to all my veteran brothers.
My name is Joey, I have been at VA accession house for 6 months. I came to this house because I was homeless, at the same time trying to find a job and get into school. With little funds and even smaller resources, I was introduced and accepted into the VA Accession house by Leonard Ramirez, CEO of the house. Since, I have moved in the accession house, I have been able to do multiple things of progress that I haven’t done before in my time of homelessness. For example, I am in my 2nd semester of school and passing with flying colors. Now I have time to focus on what’s important like finishing school and getting another career started as well as saving money to move out on my own because of this program. This program is very ideal for students and working veterans. It gives you one less thing to worry about and gives you hope to succeed. Awesome place!
I am writing to thank your organization and you for the help I have received while staying at your home. I was accepted into your house when I was at risk of homelessness. l was welcomed with few conditions and was provided a single room for myself. I appreciated that
because I am an older man and have needs for privacy.
I felt comfortable at the house and the use of the house computer, Internet access and television services made my stay there a positive experience. I was only expected to contribute a small percentage of my monthly income toward house expenses. I enjoyed the feeling of community with other guys who served in the military. All and all I felt safe, treated fair and respected as a person.
I hope the Veterans Accession House continues to serve guys like me, who might need a place to live while working through difficult times and transitioning to permanent housing.
I have been at the VA accession house for 6 months. I came to this house because I was homeless at the same time trying to find a job and get into school. With little funds and even smaller resources, I was introduce and accepted into the Veterans Accession House by Leonard Ramirez, CEO of the house.
Since I have moved in to the Accession House , l have been able to do multiple things of progress that I haven’t done before in my time of homelessness. For example, l am in my 2nd semester of school and passing with flying colors. I have time now to focus on what’s important like finishing school and getting another career started, as well as saving money to move out on my own because of this program. This program is very ideal for students and working veterans. It gives you one less thing to worry about and gives you hope to succeed. Awesome place!
Since my arrival at the VAH in September of 2018, my life has changed for the better in so many significant ways. After experience homelessness twice during the past several years I finally reached out for help and attended a veterans stand-down in Pleasanton CA. There I was fortune to meet my veteran brother Leonard Ramirez representing The Veteran Accession House.
After meeting with Leonard and getting accepted to VAH, many positive changes and blessings started to occur in my life. One being a full time job with benefits with longevity and financial stability. The VAH also helped me become housed and ended my homelessness. Having ended my struggles of being homeless, my health and well being started, and continues to improve.My seven years old daughter has re-entered my life and being housed close to her makes my visiting time with her frequent and much appreciated.
Having resources and my hard work along with Leonard’s help while being here at the VAH has aided in these many blessings occurring in my life. My veteran brother that I am housed with have also given me encouragement and support to help me get back on my feet and maintain my well-being and stability.
My veteran brother has helped me at times when not much help was offered and not a lot of emotional support was available during my struggles. It so very rewarding and satisfying to have this support and piece of mind that we needed to have so very long. My stability will allow me to improve my way of life for many years to come.
As a U.S. Navy veteran having served this very great nation of ours, I am very grateful the VAH and Leonard Ramirez for the help and support that we received while being here. I have a much better outlook of my life now and I am looking forward to all the advances and goals I plan to reach in the years ahead.