The sad truth is about one-third of the adult homeless population has proudly served our country in the Armed services. On any given day, as many as 2,000 Veterans (men and women) are living on the streets or in shelters. It is estimated that twice as many experience homelessness at some point during a calendar year. Many other Veterans are considered near homeless or at risk because of their poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and dismal living conditions in cheap hotels or in overcrowded and substandard housing.
The urgency of the problem is growing. As more soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, there are more 18 to 30 year old veterans who are homeless.
Nearly 30% of American veterans, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, return home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other serious health and emotional problems. Due to a lack of an effective support structure, they begin self- medicating with alcohol or drugs and end up homeless.
Why Support Veterans?
Our veterans have served us bravely and unselfishly, putting physical and mental health on the line for America. Soldiers experience events and situations which most American citizens would find horrible and unbearable. They were fighting to support our government and to preserve a way of life we have come to love and enjoy. When veterans return home from war, their worlds have completely changed. We, on the other hand, have enjoyed a good and peaceful life because of the veteran’s love for this country.
Why Support Bridging The Gap?
Bridging The Gap is a 501 (c) (3) organization that receives 100% of its funding from the private sector. This organization does not accept or seek Department of Defense or Veterans Administration funding. Every tax-deductible dollar received helps Bridging The Gap bring a comprehensive range of professional services to homeless veterans and veterans in need.
AVERAGE MONTHLY EXPENSES For RESIDENTIAL CENTER
- Waste Management
- Pest Control
- Household Supplies
Depending on HOW many Veterans are in the Program
Usually an average of six, BTG can however house up to ten.
- Public Transportation per Veteran per Month $ 95.00
- Food per Veteran per Week $ 150.00
- Laundry per Veteran per Week $ 40.00
How can YOU help?
There are several ways to help veterans in need through Bridging The Gap, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Donate securely online: You can make a donation online using your credit card, bank card or PayPal account.
Donate by mail: You can send check or money order to the address below.
Bridging The Gap of Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia 30504
We gratefully accept the following:
- Cash Contributions
- Men and Women Clothes
- Appliances including washers and dryers
- Dry Goods
- Canned Goods
- Blankets, Sheets, Pillows and Pillow Cases
- Bath Room Supplies
- Wash Clothes and Towels
- Kitchen Supplies
- Volunteers and Mentors
- Bridging The Gap also welcome gifts of:
- Annual Gifts
- Planned Gifts
- Company Sponsored Fund Raisers
- Congregational Sponsored Fund Raisers
- Homeowners Sponsored Fund Raisers
Whether you donate your time, your goods, your services or your money, your support is priceless.