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Victory Village serves county vetarans and their families

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Via Press Release
05/16/2014 6:49 AM

The Mulford family had a need they could see was shared by many in Amador County. Through their efforts, along with other volunteers and donors, this need is being met for Amador County veterans and their families. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher

 

By B. Huston-Fisher

lifestyles@ledger-dispatch.com

Victory Village is a California-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization that began out of pure need. Jason Mulford, a disabled veteran, and his wife, Nicole, found themselves homeless after losing their home to foreclosure. Luckily, they had family in the area and were able to stay with them, but immediately they realized that there was a true need for emergency veteran housing in Amador County. 

The Mulfords established Amador County Veterans Organization, in July, 2011, incorporated in March, 2012, and received their nonprofit status in March, 2013, which was backdated to March, 2012. In Autumn, 2012, the newly established nonprofit corporation acquired the old Amador Motel, and began housing veterans. The hotel maintains many certifications, including the CAARR Sober Living Environment Certificate, as well as the Nonprofit Veteran Service Agency certification to provide housing, substance abuse, case management and employment training services to low-income veterans, disabled veterans, or homeless veterans and their families. In 2013 alone, the hotel housed 67 veterans and family members, as well as nine civilians. 

The organization has been entirely operated by volunteers since the beginning. It relies on community donations and volunteer support services to maintain the rehabilitation, hotel and daily operating costs. At times, the Mulfords have had to use part of Jason’s VA disability compensation to keep the doors open and services available. The group holds quarterly fundraisers to ensure Victory Village remains accessible to homeless veterans and their families. All funds raised go directly to the nonprofit’s operating expenses, and when possible, monetary grants are provided to local veterans in need of assistance with living expenses. “We provided nearly $1500 in monetary assistance to veterans last year,” stated Nicole. 

Currently, Victory Village houses 15 veterans with their family members. Focused on helping the veterans to regain stability, the organization arranges classes and meetings throughout the week for PTSD, 12-step recovery study for men and women, a family support group for those suffering from PTSD, devotions, music and church services for men alone or for everyone. Each program participant is required to attend two recovery classes per week, along with the house’s mandatory meetings. 

The ACVO’s current fundraiser is the third annual Victory Village Veteran’s Charity Golf Tournament, at Castle Oaks Golf Course, on June 1. This year’s tournament will be a scramble format, and there will be prizes throughout the day for longest drive, closest to pin and hole-in-one, as well as a great raffle. Prizes include a Harley Davidson, valued at $20,000, round-trip airline tickets for two, valued at $750; a set of Callaway Irons, valued at $500; and a $500 golf shopping spree. For your convenience, you can now purchase everything ahead of time and save with the Early Bird Special, which includes: Your $90 entry fee, two closest-to-the-pin competitions, the four hole-in-one contests, and 30 raffle tickets (a $135 value) for $120, which is only available if registered before May 17. Call 267-9335 for questions and details, or email ccoudsy@victoryvillageamador.org.

ACVO is currently remodeling the office and meeting area, and is in need professional carpet installation, free of charge, to install the new carpet that has been donated. To donate funds, food or supplies, to volunteer, or for more information about Victory Village and its services, call 223-2286, or visit victoryvillageamador.org.

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