Last year in 2016 Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce voted Free Handyman for Disabled Vets among the top 3 non-profits in Spokane Valley. What an honor! Encouraging us to continue on our mission to assist the local disabled and widowed veterans community.
We are always needing volunteers and donations (monetary, time and items in good condition for the thrift store). All is welcome!
Volunteer application under Volunteer Info above
We have donated a 1993 Impala to help Brandon, an Army veteran and his mother who was the first female in the Air Force here!! Brandon has recently been volunteering with us as a handyman for projects for freehandyman.org. It’s people like Brandon who help us accomplish what we do!
His prayers were answered!
It was a desperate cry for help for a Vet and his beloved dogs.
This adventure started out with a nurse calling us to help with putting an AC in the wall for her and some other minor work. She works at a nursing home and has a patient who’s husband is an 84 yr old vet alone with his dogs. We went out to check up on him for his wife. The things we saw we couldn’t believe. He was having difficulty taking care of himself and the dogs. When our crew went out we found rooms full of discarded items, inches of feces that’s built up, sink stopped up and over flowing. This was going to be a challenge. We were up for it though! Nothing is going to stop us from helping our vets. The next day we sent our crew out to tear out the carpet and start the clean up so we could better evaluate the situation.
It was inevitable that we needed to call for additional resources. We were able to locate our Vets son. After 4 yrs of disconnect, we brought our vet and his son back together. His son helped with clearing the house. Our staff took care of the puppies that were in desperate need of some TLC.
Our staff went to work to make sure these beautiful babies were able to get what they needed. We found a groomer that offered her services to give these puppies, Bear, Jasmine, and Imp the TLC they needed. After a day at the spa getting all the matting out of their hair, a good trim, and a desperately needed bath and flea dip, we finally had 3 very happy and beautiful puppies. Aren’t they beautiful they have been bathed and groomed and the are very happy and spunky and they will steal the pepperoni off of your pizza, lol. These babies are now ready to go with their owner and his son to the Seattle area. His son has 4 of his own and they are spoiled.
We will miss them with all of our fiber but the pups have been with their veteran 12,10 and 5 years, what a bond. We would like to give a shout out to Tami Richardson, owner of Debbies Dog Grooming at 9418 E. First Ave. Spokane Valley, WA (509)924-3467 for offering here services of an emergency spa day. Obviously she did an amazing job. The dogs feel like new with their new doo.
Finally after a week of hard work getting the house cleared, puppies getting the help they need, we finally come to our bittersweet ending. We met up with our Vet and his son. In the middle of a heavy downpour of rain and hail, a tornado not far away, we reunited our vet with his puppies. There wasn’t a dry eye (or body) around! Look at those happy faces!
With great pride I would like to thank the following donors that made our Open House and Flag presentation a success.
Ameristar Meats…Veterans Outreach…Starbucks…Freedom Flags…Green Space Recycling…Overstock Builders Depot…Sherwin Williams Paint…Eggers Meat…Sonnenbergs Meat Market…URM Cash And Carry…Rosauers…Peters Hardware…Albertsons, on Trent and Albertsons on Sprague…Jen “The Fruit Girl”…Spokane Valley Partners…Cora Yount and Ken…Longhorn BBQ…Pacific PAK Ice…Core Mark thanks for the candy, hats and much more…Little Ceasars…Pipeline Pizza…(Pizzas for the hungry volunteers and staff thanks) Greenburo…National Color Graphics (Cards in Seconds, lol)
Precision Fiberglass, we have a bear to raffle off, …Dinise Rosen…The Home Depot…WWW.Nitrohealth.com...American On-Site Services…Benewah Ace Hardware…The Grounds Guy…Great Floors…JustUs Bag…Idaho Joint Military Programs, Cassandra Rzepa…Shriners…Boy Scouts…Roger High School ROTC…American Legion, District 8 Color Guard…The Kenny Walker Band….Our Family, who believe in our mission and trust that our community will join with us to make our Mission and Vision a realty for the men and women who served so we could be free. My apologize if I missed anyone. It is not with intention
feel free to leave a comment and we will take care of it.
With pride we salute you and thank you for making a difference! Hug A Vet, because you can! PS Thanks Tom for the Salmon it was a huge hit.
June 4, 2016, What a day. We honored many of our veterans our oldest was 96 years old and not far behind him a youngster at 92 years old. We presented flags to 3 eras of Veterans that day, WWII , Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Our young honoree said that he wasn’t excepting this flag for himself, but for his friends who didn’t make it back. A daughter who wanted to honor her father who served under General Patton, was very emotional. Then we had a mother who was presented to her, by her son his mission flag , and the mother honored our non profit with the care of the flag which flies over our heads today. There are so many to thank and pay tribute we will be posting more each day. Please check back soon as we have pages of donors of our community who made this possible. God Bless and Hug a Vet.
Our Team Preparing for the open house to honor Veterans who served our country.