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New Directions for Veterans

Empowering veterans and facilitating their successful return to family and society.

New Directions helps homeless veterans reintegrate into civilian life.  Our transitional housing, food, clothing, counseling, workforce development and permanent housing solutions help each veteran transition to transformation.

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Why should I support your work?

Founded in 1992, New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) is a nonprofit organization that has helped our nation’s heroes successfully address the challenges of life after military service.

NDVets provides a safe haven for homeless veterans who have limited resources and support. All contributions are essential to ensure that veterans receive the services and mental health care they deserve, as well as the educational and vocational resources needed to help them transition back to civilian life. With the decrease in funding sources, community support is needed now more than ever.

A donation of only $15 can provide a disabled veteran with a bus pass to and from work and a donation of $250 can help us purchase a new mattress for a veteran... a little often goes a long way.

Why does your charity exist?

NDVets was founded by formerly homeless Vietnam Veterans and a community advocate who shared the belief that no veteran should ever be homeless.  

While the conflict in Iraq has officially ended and U.S. engagement in Afghanistan is winding down, waves of troops are returning home and will be over the next several years. The transition back to the norms of civilian life is often daunting and can lead to financial hardship, difficulty with medical issues, problems with substance abuse, and even homelessness for some individuals.

We have become all too familiar with hearing the phrase “homeless veteran” in our national dialogue. It is estimated that nearly 4,000 veterans live on the streets of Los Angeles County alone on any given night. The reality is that more work needs to be done in order to completely end homelessness among veterans.

Here at NDVets we work to erase veteran homelessness, and to empower men and women who served in the military, and their families, to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

What specifically do you do?

NDVets helps homeless veterans get off the streets and into housing.  We provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, workforce development and permanent housing solutions to help each veteran transition to transformation.

How will this make a difference?

It is our responsibility to give back to the brave men and women who served our country. We provide the necessary tools and life skills to help the veterans we serve return to civilian life and regain their life.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

NDVets focuses specifically on veterans and their needs.

What have you accomplished?

For more than 25 years, NDVets has provided a safe place for homeless veterans to turn to when they are most in need of help, and will continue to operate until there are no more homeless veterans. NDVets has new leadership and is expanding its homelessness prevention and permanent supportive housing portfolio for homeless and disabled veterans. 

  • The organization was recognized by the NAACP in July 2011 when it granted its Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award.
  • In spring 2012, NDVets was honored as a finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge, a special project spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
  • In June 2013, NDVets received a Southern California Ford Freedom Unsung Hero Award for Service to the African American Community.  In 2015, we added our fifth housing community and launched a bridge housing program.
  • In 2017, we provided services to more than 1,800 veterans and their families and worked to expand our portfolio of permanent supportive housing facilities.
  • In our more than two decades of service, countless veterans have gone on from NDVets to lead successful and productive lives in the community.
How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

New Directions for Veterans’ accounting and development departments have many years of experience in managing federal grants as well as numerous state, local and private grants. We have developed stringent financial procedures in accordance with GAAP, FASB, and OMB Regulations.

The Board of Directors oversees the finances of the organization and approves all budgets, policies and procedures, and large expenditures. The Board receives a conventional Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss statement with Budget Comparison and Variance analysis for bi-monthly review.

In addition, NDVets provides periodic reports to the federal government and undergoes an annual independent audit. The independent auditor meets with the Board to discuss the results of the annual audit.  Throughout its history, NDVets has received a clean and unqualified audit report.