Our Vision is to embed community developed services that provide 100% care for service Members and their families throughout our counties by establishing a network of certified services, volunteer Veterans and certified Veteran Peer Support Specialists.
Our mission is to connect Service Members and their families with each other and to the resources and benefits, they earned and deserve, free and confidentially regardless of discharge status. Through our professionally trained Veteran Peer Specialists, we provide “help from those who’ve been there” for support services, counseling, program resources, and a sense of hope and purpose.
The Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation is a 501c (3) non-profit organization founded in 2012. Originally a Department of Health and Human Services grant, today we are 100% funded by private donations which means we need your help to serve those in our Lake, McHenry and Southern Kenosha Counties who have served, sacrificed, and continue to struggle emotionally, financially and vocationally Through our professionally trained Veteran Peer Specialists, we provide “Help from Those Who’ve Been There” for support services, counseling, program resources, and a sense of hope and purpose.
Peer support is an essential component for our success. Those who have been there are the ones who can truly understand and guide someone through recovery from the impact of their military experiences.
A Community of Care
Community support is not bound by legal or traditional military restrictions. When issues emerge that affect our target consumer, we will engage all those affected.
Volunteerism and Employment
Our primary goal prior to, during, and after deployment is to keep families intact, engaged, and flourishing. We acknowledge support persons as a part of the family to be included in the process.
All interventions will be confidential, and any discussion or dissemination of information associated with the interaction of our programs or partners will be consumer-controlled.
Suicide and Homeless Prevention
Our support of programs that thwart suicide and homelessness is grounded in the value of developing the individual’s hope that things can get and stay better.
We will support programs that recruit, train, and certify the next generation of trauma-informed providers of our transformational care.
The Very Latest from LCVFSF
Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than Americans who never served in the military. For female veterans, the risk factor is 2.2 times more likely.
For years the number 22 represented the number of veterans committing suicide every day.
In fact, the total number of suicides among veterans has increased four of the last five years on record. From 2007 to 2017, the rate of suicide among veterans jumped almost 50 percent.
“The Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation is guided and staffed by Veterans who have been there. “
Now and over the coming years, many Veterans, military members, and their families will go through a transition to the civilian world. Many will need support and guidance. Warrior training makes it difficult for them to reach out for help. We want to make it easier and safer by providing support guided and provided by those who’ve been there.
How You Can Help
Our services are 100% free to service members and families and we rely 100% on private donations to provide them.
Our most significant community awareness and fundraising event is the annual Lake County Ruck March.
This year, Lake County Veterans and Families need our help more than ever, and this year, we are seeking as many members of the community as possible to register for what is now a self-motivated 22-day challenge. Every registrant is then encouraged to raise donations to support their participation and thus, to fund our critical care programs and services for the year ahead.
Army veteran John S. didn’t discuss his service during World War II until recently, says his daughter Marcia H. Unearthing his journal and working tirelessly on his war history, Hartigan eventually got her father the benefits he earned. Those benefits allow the 95-year-old Vet to stay in his home.
When Veteran combat truck driver David L. returned from two tours in Iraq, he found himself having difficulty navigating civilian life. He needed support in multiple ways. He turned to LCVFSF. With the guidance of a seasoned Peer and multiple LCVFSF partners, David L. found solutions and happiness. He is a regular visitor to the DryHootch Drop-In Center.
When Kathy M. called, she asked if we could help her locate a ramp that would allow her wheelchair-bound father, a decorated WWII Veteran, to go from inside their Mundelein home to the outdoors. Her father had chosen the family’s home as his place of hospice but also wanted to enjoy fresh air occasionally. Veteran Peer Justin Culliton determined how long the ramp would have to be and ordered a model to lend to Kathy and her family.
Once installed, the family was able to move their father, Harvey O, outside several times before he died on July 11. He was 94.
He had seven children, 18 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. He died at home as he had wished.
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