Hero’s Bridge, a Fauquier based non profit organization that specializes in meeting the needs of older veterans, has been awarded a $68,000 grant from the PATH Foundation.
The funds are intended to support and strengthen the organizations’s Battle Buddy Program, which pairs younger veterans or other interested volunteers with an older veteran for the purpose of helping them acquire the benefits and services that will improve their quality of life.
Janelle Davenport, a nurse with a strong background in working with the elderly, has been hired as Battle Buddy Coordinator and will focus on recruiting, training, and directing the volunteers. In addition, Debbie Eisele has been hired for outreach and marketing purposes, to share the stories of the Battle Buddy Program with the community and oversee a renovation of the Hero’s Bridge website and outreach materials to better engage the community, volunteers, and veterans in need.
This grant will also be used to fund special training of Battle Buddies volunteers in the Community Health Worker model of care. This philosophy is based on the premise that a certain population may be better served if their health worker is from the same community or culture. The institute for Public Health Innovation will be providing special training to integrate this vet-to-vet model of care into the Battle Buddy Program.
David Benhoff, Hero’s Bridge co-founder and board member explains, “The bond between veterans crosses all generations, war periods and branches of service. We are so excited to strengthen this groundbreaking program which we believe greatly benefits both groups of veterans.” Molly Brooks, President and co-founder shares, “The PATH Foundation has been so supportive with training and resources since our inception two years ago. We are most grateful for their financial support of this very special program.”
Debbie Eisele, recently of Piedmont Lifestyle Publications, says, “We are so thankful to the PATH Foundation for this grant so Hero’s Bridge may strengthen and grow the support to aging veterans in our community. I am honored to join the Hero’s Bridge team and be part of giving back to those who have truly given so much for our country.”