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Parenting Awareness Month

March is Parenting Awareness Month. This initiative is a time to emphasize the importance of effective parenting in helping children to become healthy, independent, and caring adults. National Home staff work year-round with our resident parents to support them and provide them with classes and materials to hone their parenting skills. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, caseworkers and early education staff have moved to remote communication with our resident families. At this time, it is helpful to have a host of online tools and resources to help continue to support our families. Himama is a tool we've been using for the past year in our Early Education center to communicate with parent

A word from Executive Director Fred Puffenberger regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

As someone who has shared with us, followed us, prayed for us and donated to us, I’m obligated to share with you what the VFW National Home for Children is doing to minimize our staff and resident’s exposure and spread of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are monitoring the situation very closely and are continuing to follow both the CDC guidelines and the direction of government directives. Our administrative team is meeting each morning to review updates and plans of action. All internal and external events have been cancelled until May 30. All common gathering locations on campus have been closed, including the Community Center and our Early Education Center. Employees whom have the

National Social Worker Month: A Staff Spotlight!

Social workers hold more than 700,000 jobs in the United States and are an essential component of a healthy society. Social Work, as defined by the National Association of Social Workers, “consists of the professional application of social work values, principles, and techniques to one or more of the following ends: helping people obtain tangible services; counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups; helping communities or groups provide or improve social and health services, and participating in legislative processes. The practice of social work requires knowledge of human development and behavior, of social and economic, and cultural institutions, and the interactio

The National Home's first family arrives March 9, 1925

The following is a recirculation of an article originally published on the National Home's blog on February 7th, 2015. On March 2, 1925, Sgt. Edward Pollett left his home in Halfway, Michigan, to pick up his retirement check at Fort Wayne in Detroit. He never made it back home; he was hit by a streetcar while crossing a road in downtown Detroit and later died of his injuries. His widow soon found out her husband’s retirement pay stopped after his death. Annie Pollett, a World War I widow, and her six children were left destitute. The Halfway VFW Post 1146 spoke to Dr. Candler about the family’s plight, and arrangements were made for the Polletts to become the first family to live at the newl

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