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Our Story – From the Ground Up

Please take a moment to hear our founder’s story on how Furnish A Veteran became a reality

Hi, my name is David Preston. I am a U.S. Navy Veteran. In 2011 I was the CEO of my own very successful consulting firm. I had a beautiful home, beautiful possessions and for the most part a beautiful life. I traveled the world speaking at an average of 27 events each year, and made a significant income as a marketing consultant. I built this company from scratch, so it was a very big part of my life and fit my personality as I love to help people and build companies.

Then disaster struck. In the spring of 2012 I started to get sick. The doctor’s couldn’t figure out exactly what it was, so I just tried to suffer through it and move forward. In August of 2012 I was finally diagnosed with a lipid coated virus. By that time I was jaundiced, chronically fatigued and had to have help doing the most basic things, even bathing. I struggled through the treatments along with the virus. It was an awful existence.

I won’t go into all the details here, but God decided that he had other plans for me and I was healed. I mean totally healed, but the two years from 2012 to the end of 2014 were the most horrible, trying times of my life. I constantly debated suicide during this period.In those 2 1/2 years I lost my business, my home, my wife and my entire life. I wound up homeless and totally without hope. When the VA hospital found out that I had no place to go after a surgery they placed me into a homeless veteran program.

During this time of tribulation for me, I found God and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. God helped me from going down a dark path and ending my life. After accepting Jesus into my life, God put me in the right place to learn about the Homeless Veterans Program and discover the reality of the program.

The VA put me through the Homeless Veterans Program to get me back on my feet. They provided me with a stable home that I shared with two other homeless veteran’s, groceries which I could cook on my own, proper help and professional counseling and employment help and training. The HPACT (Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams) program through the VA, is why I am here today. At the end of the HPACT 90 day program a veteran can apply for a federal grant which will pay the utilities, rent and deposits for an approved apartment or home.

It’s a wonderful new start on life!

The only problem is that all homeless veterans who complete this program and get their new home, move into a totally bare residence.

The Federal Government does a wonderful job of providing everything you need up to moving in. The help is finished at that point. They provide no furniture, appliances or anything other than the rent. Most veterans sleep on the floor in an empty home until they can save and buy the furniture and appliances everyone else has!

This is a long road to recovery. Don’t get me wrong. Like me, they’re very grateful to have a safe, clean place to live and a new life with meaning, but it’s still a challenge to live in an empty home without becoming depressed, which can lead them into becoming homeless and back on the streets again.

I started Furnish A Veteran to resolve this problem and provide these veterans with a fully furnished home so they can have a real new beginning. With one storage area and the help of local ministries and volunteers we are furnishing dozens of homes for homeless veterans every month!

Imagine what we can do for ALL homeless veterans across America with your help …

This is an organization that will use donations to furnish the empty homes of these homeless veterans and get them the pride they so desperately need back into their lives. Our goal is to furnish the homes of 1,000 homeless veterans each and every month nationally!

I Know, I’ve Been Through The Entire System As A Homeless Vet

Please give what you can to help our charity get off the ground in a big way, and change the future of homeless veterans nationwide.

Thank You and God Bless!

-David Preston

 

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