NEWS AND EVENTS


VETERANS' CENTER PROGRAMS:

210 W Central Ave. Coolidge, AZ 85128. 

 

 All veterans are welcome! 

EVERY 1ST  FRIDAY -  7-9 PM

ATTENTION MUSICIANS:

If any musicians are interested in performing at the Veterans center on the first Friday of the month please just let us know.

 

If you are interested, in participating or being a sponsor, contact us at   (866) 721-6983.


WEEKLY PROGRAMS:  

VETERANS  RECOVERY  GROUP BY APPOINTMENT



EVERY TUESDAY:

7:30 AM VETERANS COFFEE CLUB. A time for comraderie.  Meet old friends and make new ones. 

 
7 PM FEMALE VETERANS DISCUSSION GROUP

EVERY 2ND AND 4TH WEDNESDAY:
A "Creative Exchange for Veterans and their families" at Open Hands.
Offered: jewelry making, art, writing, metal crafts, wood working and more.


EVERY THURSDAY:

5 PM Veterans and volunteers dinner.


EVERY 2ND AND 4TH FRIDAY:
The Warehouse Food Pantry Hours have been changed. The new hours are the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month from 10-2 pm. NOTE: Food boxes are distributed ONCE per month to each recipient family. 



Food boxes made possible by the Warehouse Food Pantry, in partnership with United Way of Pinal County and United Food Bank.


For more information contact us at:  (866)  721-6983

A group of Veterans at the Thursday Thursday Dinner at OHOP in Coolidge, AZ
Women Veterans meet in Coolidge at the "Coffee Pot Canteen" every Wednesday.
An opportunity for Women Veterans to get together locally in a casual, confidential environment. No membership no dues. Come and join other women veterans every Wednesday at 12:30 pm. For more info: (520) 450-5354.

Monday, October 3, 2016 Don Hughes remains were escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders from the Coolidge Veterans Center to Phoenix National Cemetery in Cave Creek. More than 25 PGR's participated in this ceremony.

The PGR is a 100% volunteer organization that ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and honorably discharged Veterans. Their Mission is to show sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

We appreciate the efforts of PGR, they are a dedicated and wonderful group. We count ourselves blessed for having met them.

Veterans garden. A community outreach supported by 3 F Foundation

OHOP had the pleasure of delivering 150 personal care kits to the newly opened Apache Junction Veterans Center. They use their ATV and go out into the desert to deliver the personal kits and offer to work with these homeless veterans.

It was great to meet all their volunteers. Chuck Byers, Senior, VSO Vietnam Veterans of America met with us and gave further direction on how to assist veterans coming to us.

Thank you all for inviting us to see your "digs" and hear your stories.

Proud to present another "Quilt of Valor" on July 7, 2016 to Marine, Rhonda Trevizo. Pictured with her is her son, Steve Creasey, daughter Jodi Saldana and her daughters Jessica and Melissa.

Rhonda told us that serving her country in the Marines was the best time of her life. Thank you for your service and enjoy your quilt for many years to come.

United Food Bank certification class for local food banks. Held in the Coolidge Veterans Center. Very informative class. Thank you United Food Bank.

Don Hughes
Yesterday another Marine was called home for duty in the Heavenly Base. You will be greatly missed dear friend, volunteer, mechanic and trailer guy.

"Angels in heaven hear me cry. Listen hard and answer why, to this country, my life, I give.... the Marine Corps life is how I live. Let us fight and die like men, just give us rounds and tell us when.. and in a battle if I die,on my tomb, carve Semper Fi!"
L. Josie Dominguez, R. Diann Lesueur, Founder and President

Congratulations to JOSIE DOMINGUEZ, an extraordinary OHOP CHARITY volunteer, who was presented with the “BEATING THE ODDS” award by the Arizona Community Action Association.

 

She overcame many challenges in her life by helping others.  Since she started as a volunteer with OHOP, she has become a valuable asset working with Veterans and the Spanish speaking population. She is a Certified Resource Navigator, she has received ACAA training with SNAP and Mental Health First Aid. She has assisted numerous Veterans with resources for housing, utility assistance and food boxes. 

We are so thankful for Josie Dominguez who is a true inspiration to all of us.

Earlyn Gabel, nicknamed Dickie, served during WWII for the Navy WAVE 1944-45. She served as a Pharmacist's Mate in the Great Lakes, Ill. then in the OR.  She also sold War Bonds. She met and married Ray Gabel, who also served in the Navy during WWII.  He was aboard the USS Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.  Their grandson also served in the US Navy.  She was presented with a "Quilt of Valor" at the Florence Women's Club. November 12 Her Carolyn Gurney and Mary Reidling Commander VFW Post 3713 was there to help us with the presentation.  These quilts are a gift of love from Carole Henry, Yuma AZ.  Each quilt is signed by the quilter who made it.
Painting by Bill & Lori McDonald
Veterans receive a 10% discount every third Saturday of the month with I.D. OHOP Store Hours Sat: 9 am - 2 pm.  Open Hands Outreach Community Thrift Store    
204 W. Central Ave. Coolidge, Arizona 85128

Camp Lejeune water. The Dept of Veterans Affairs is expanding eligibility for disability compensation for Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Veterans who served for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987 and their family members are eligible to apply.

For more info call 1-877-222-8387

Raymond Trujillo, a disabled veteran receiving a laptop computer donated by IronMan Computers. Mr. Trujillo and his wife are both disabled. They are also grandparents raising grandchildren and care-givers for his disabled brother. We appreciate the donation allowing us to help support a veteran and his family.