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VETS Canada

Site: National Office

Contact Information
Office Phone 1-888-228-3871 ext 121
Crisis Phone 1-888-228-3871
Fax 902-701-0484
E-Mail vetscanada@gmail.com
Website www.vetscanada.org
Social Media Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/VETSCanada
Instagram Instagram: www.instagram.com/VETSCanada
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/VETSCanada
Agency Information
Description (Agency) An agency in the 211 Eastern Region service area.
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2010
Primary Executive Debbie Lowther, Chair and Co-Founder; Phone: 1-888-228-3871 ext 131; Email: debbie.lowther@vetscanada.org
Alternate Executive Jim, President and Co-Founder; Phone: 1-888-228-3871 ext 118; Email: jim.lowther@vetscanada.org
Funding Federal - Veterans Affairs Canada ; Grants ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 828604041 RR0001 ; Foundation
Elections September
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID-19 (9 April 2020): Staff are working from home and taking calls from Veterans and other referral sources. Often assistance can be provided remotely - things such as rent payments, arranging temporary accommodations or assistance with utilities. In the event a Veteran requires a grocery card, gas or clothing, they can make arrangements for those items to be provided by volunteers, taking all the necessary precautions.

Volunteer-led organization aiming to provide aid and comfort to Canadian veterans

Services include assistance with:
* accessing benefits the Veteran or family are entitled to and or may not be aware of
* short term emergency housing
* maintaining or accessing safe housing (security deposit, first month rent, power being cut off, assisting a transition to a suitable retirement home as appropriate etc.)
* grocery cards
* basic needs for an apartment
* securing suitable employment
* peer support

Guitars for VETS Canada (GFV Canada): clients are given a donated, gently used guitar or provided with a rental guitar * volunteer guitar instructors provide ten lessons (based on availability); lessons are also available online
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Service Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility Canadian Veterans who are in crisis, at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless * their family members 
 
Volunteers: still serving members and Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 
 
GFV Canada: veterans living with physical disabilities or mental health concerns such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Application Self-refer: call or visit website * referrals from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), shelters and agencies * service number required (VAC can assist in recuperating this number) * response time is 24-48 hours
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Site Information
Located In Community Dartmouth
Address & Map
73 Tacoma Dr, Suite 302
Dartmouth, NS B2W 3Y6
 
View Google Map
Intersection Harten St and Tacoma Dr
Mailing Address c/o VETS Canada 
PO Box 214 
53 Queen St 
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y6
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Food ; Income Programs
HCSD Sub Heading Assistance Programs ; Food Banks
Service Categories Food Vouchers ; Musical Instruments ~ Veterans ; Peer to Peer Networking ~ Veterans ; Rent Payment Assistance ~ Veterans ; Rental Deposit Assistance ~ Veterans ; Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance ~ Veterans ; Veteran Benefits Assistance ; Veteran Employment Programs

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