VETS Canada - Veterans' Emergency Transition Services
WELCOME TO VETERANS EMERGENCY TRANSITION SERVICES (VETS) CANADA FACEBOOK GROUP.
A grassroots movement, VETS Canada began in 2010/2011 when Jim Lowther, a veteran himself, realized that there were veterans slipping through the cracks. They had not made successful transitions from their military careers to healthy, productive civilian lives. These veterans had lost their families, were living in the streets or at-risk of being homeless and were, at times, suicidal. They were unemployed and many were trying to cope with mental and physical injuries related to their service without adequate health care and other community support. Jim formed a small team in Halifax, NS to seek out and help homeless and at-risk veterans with a view to helping reintegrate them into civilian life.
VETS CANADA TODAY
This movement has grown into a federally registered non-profit Charity that has a network of 135,000
and dedicated volunteers across the country, most of who are ex-military/RCMP. They work within the community to identify homeless veterans and quickly re-establish the bond of trust that exists between soldiers. Working within the community, VETS Canada members attempt to move veterans from the streets or shelters into affordable housing (if available). They also connect the veterans with needed health care, help them access the benefits and services from other organizations such as Veterans Affairs Canada and support them in finding suitable employment. The volunteers stick with these veterans every step of the way and do everything possible to help them re-establish themselves. To do this, VETS Canada has a national Board of Directors composed of volunteers and has outreach across the country.
As VETS Canada continues to grow, our goal is that VETS Canada be recognized throughout Canada for its expertise in seeking out and providing initial response to homeless and at-risk veterans. With Ground Support Teams in every province, we will seek out and provide initial aid and comfort to homeless and at-risk vets. Dedicated and trained volunteers will have an excellent understanding of the support that government and other organizations can provide and will have cultivated effective working relationships with these groups that allow them to assist vets within their respective mandates.
HOW TO SUPPORT VETS CANADA
• Tell your friends and family about VETS CANADA and the plight of some veterans in Canada today.
• Volunteer to help on our ground support teams or in other capacities.
• Fundraise on our behalf or donate to VETS Canada. We have no paid staff or infrastructure costs so almost all funds raised goes directly to supporting veterans who are either in distress or homeless. Donations may be made via paypal or mailed to VETS Canada at the address below. In addition, still serving members of the CF and RCMP and federal employees can donate to VETS Canada thru the GCWCC simply by stating that VETS Canada is the chairty that they want their donations to go to.
If any Canadian employer donates employee donations through the United Way, they can also identify VETS Canada as the receipient of their donation. Finally the following two agencies also collect donations on behalf of VETS Canada and issue receipts:
• Mail us your Canadian Tire money, donate your air miles, send us your unused gift cards. Nothing is too small and all goes to support our veterans
President and CEO/Founder: Jim Lowther firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair/Co-founder: Debbie Lowther
Vice President: Eric Payne
Director of Operations: Julie Bibby