Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, VVSD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Why donate to VVSD?
It is important that we recognize and support our veterans and their families. Donations are vital to the sustainability of our life-changing programs.
VVSD is a nationally-recognized leader and the only residential licensed drug rehabilitation program for homeless veterans in San Diego County. VVSD founded Stand Down and Homeless Court which have been replicated nationwide.
Why support VVSD?
San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel. More than 15,000 active duty service members transition out of active duty service in San Diego each year. More than half of those transitioning want to stay in San Diego, which is the number one destination for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. There are more veterans in San Diego than there are active duty personnel. Today, more than 240,000 veterans reside here in America’s finest city.
According to VA data, over 42,000 post-9/11 veterans live in San Diego County, by far the largest number in the U.S. The VA suggested two major reasons why San Diego ‘s homeless veteran total is the 3rd highest in the U.S. (HUD AHAR Report, 2015) even though San Diego is only the 17th largest U.S. region:
1.) the prevalence of military bases
2.) the significant number of post-9/11 veterans. According to former VA Secretary Robert McDonald, “San Diego’s challenge is to keep up with the huge influx of post-9/11 veterans.”
Veterans experience higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), sexual assault and substance abuse, all of which contribute to a higher risk of homelessness. Chronically homeless unsheltered veterans increased 66% from 2016 to 2017 according to RTFH.
If VVSD receives millions in grants each year, why does it need private donations?
Grants from government agencies DO NOT cover the full costs of our operations. The actual cost of housing veterans in our programs and providing supportive services is higher than the amount we receive through government grants.
How financially accountable is VVSD?
VVSD’s finances undergo a comprehensive audit each year by an outside firm. In addition to the comprehensive annual audit, VVSD is also periodically audited by government agencies on how it spends grant money.
Can I make a non-monetary donation?
VVSD accepts new or gently used clothing, towels, socks, new underwear (men and women), belts and additional household items for veterans in our shelter and those transitioning into their new home. Please see our Wish List for ongoing needs. Unfortunately due to space restrictions, we are unable to accept furniture.
Thank you for supporting America’s veterans.