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Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative



Helping Organizations

The VA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (CFOI) can help your faith-based, nonprofit, or community/neighborhood organization by:

  • Collaborative brainstorming and coordination of training sessions for clergy, congregations, and community groups/members. Examples include:
    • Recognizing and addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of returning Veterans.
    • Assisting families after the transition from active-duty Servicemember to Veterans status.
    • How to reach Veterans in specific demographics or with special needs.

 Serving as a resource and referral point for your organization and providing information at your organization's local, regional, and national events. 

  • Hosting quarterly conference calls on various topics targeting faith-based, nonprofit, and community group stakeholders. Conference call topics have included the following:
    • The New Health Care Law and its impact on Veterans
    • Assisting Veterans in Rural Areas
    • Grant Funding under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

Organizations Helping the VA CFOI

Your faith-based, nonprofit, or community/neighborhood organization can help the VA CFBNP in the following ways:

  • Let us know of gaps you see in services to Veterans in your organization and community.
  • Volunteer to host a forum, workshop, or conference on an issue facing Veterans, their families, Survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries. We will work with you to secure the appropriate speakers and written materials.

Helping Veterans

Your faith-based, nonprofit, or community/neighborhood organization can help Veterans in the following ways:

  • Provide Veterans with transportation to medical appointments. 
  • Help recently housed Veterans obtain furniture and housing supplies. 
  • Educate yourself, Veterans, and others about VA benefits and services and how a Veteran can apply for them. 
  • Learn the signs of a Veteran or a Veteran's family member in distress. 
  • Encourage Veterans to use the VA services she or he has earned. 
  • Volunteer with the VA Voluntary Service. 
  • Visit a hospitalized Veteran. 
  • Provide drop-ff child care services for a Veteran family with young children. 
  • Establish a Veterans/Military Ministry.

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Connect with Us

  • Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (00FB)
    810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20420
    Phone:  202-461-7689