The VFW National Home for Children Board of Trustees has selected Fred Puffenberger to replace retiring Patrice Green as the new Executive Director.
A Michigan native and graduate of Michigan State University, Green worked for many years in youth services, leaving her position with the State of Michigan’s Office of Children and Youth Services to join the National Home team in 1989. The last 15 years of her 30 year tenure was as Executive Director.
Sharing her sentiments upon her retirement, Patrice stated, “I am very proud to have served this wonderful organization, and I’m confident our excellent staff team and all our faithful donors and friends will continue to work in support of the Home’s worthy mission. Best wishes to Fred as he takes over the helm!”
Puffenberger, an Eaton Rapids, Michigan native and graduate of Central Michigan University, has spent 30-plus years in leadership roles in the higher education auxiliary services field, where he served schools in Michigan, M...
Every year National Home staff and resident families come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the past academic year. This year we had seven graduating preschoolers, five high school graduates, and five parents graduating with various degrees and certificates. In addition, students who achieved excellence throughout the school year such as maintaining a high GPA or increasing their GPA, were recognized.
The program started with our seven preschooler grads; Scarlet, Lyle, Jerney, Noah, Dorothy, Micah, and Sophia. Preschool Lead Teacher Quinn shared a little information about each of the children:
Scarlet: Scarlet is one of the leaders. She has a fantastic imagination and gets her friends to join her in making up games and finding new ways to play with our toys. She is an amazing artist, performer, and friend. As she heads off to kindergarten, we will miss her beautiful smile, her love for Harry Potter, dressing up, taking pictures, and her willingnes...
In May 2018, the Vet 2 Vet group at the VFW National Home for Children headed down to Detroit. They boarded charter boats and the boat of a friend and headed out on the Detroit River to catch walleye. They had a blast!
By the next year, others had caught wind of trip, and they almost doubled their group size with two more volunteers offering their boats to the vets' group. They have made the trip open to other veterans in the area as well as past National Home residents who still attend the group meetings, and plan to make this an annual event.
“The relationships I have developed with my fellow veterans at the National Home have helped me to cope with being in the civilian world after war. I truly cherish the opportunity I was given to be part of something like the Vet 2 Vet group.” Said a former resident.
“I had never had the opportunity to fish for walleye, and this provided a learning experience along with adding to the friendships and camaraderie I have with the other v...