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UPS Foundation Awards $15K to VVSD for ‘Veterans in Reclaiming Their Lives'

The grant will go toward the non-profit's Veterans Rehabilitation Center program

A local non-profit that provides care to veterans was awarded a $15,000 grant from the United Parcel Service Foundation.

Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) aims to create “life-changing programs and services addressing the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members,” said Kimberly Mitchell, VVSD CEO and President.

The grant will go toward the non-profit’s Veterans Rehabilitation Center program.

This includes providing resources like housing, food, clothing, substance recovery, employment, legal services and more.

The program costs around $200 per day per person. The village is partially funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which only covers around $47 of that cost.

VVSD’s program also embraces healing activities like pottery, gardening, and yoga.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support Veterans Village of San Diego’s efforts to support America’s veterans in reclaiming their lives,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of the UPS Foundation.

The UPS Foundation’s mission is to “build stronger, safer and, more resilient communities,” according to its website. It was created more than 60 years ago.

Additionally, VVSD hosts an annual event called “Stand Down.” It supplies hundreds of homeless San Diego veterans with essentials. It also helped create temporary shelters across the county.

The non-profit helps around 2,000 veterans overcoming homelessness and related challenges, according to its website.

The number of homeless veterans in the nation decreased by more than 5 percent in the past year.

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