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An Update From Executive Director, Frederick Puffenberger

Hello friends, The uncertainty of our COVID-19 filled days can certainly make a spring-like, blue sky full of sunshine day, feel like a gray, dreary, wet darkest of any winter day. We here at the VFWNHC are currently operating under the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order mandated by Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer. This order is scheduled to end on April 13th, though we anticipate an extension as the severity of the situation continues to be restless. Thankfully, due to the generosity of donors who funded a technology purchase last year, our programming staff are continuing to remotely service...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Morning Battles & Bedtime Blues: National Home residents learn skills to help establish better r

Recently the lead teachers at the National Home’s Early Education Childcare Center held an evening seminar for parents to help them learn more about the importance of establishing routines for their children. Parents who attended wrote down their successes and areas where they needed guidance and new ideas. Utilizing resources from AHAParenting.com, the teachers laid out the basics on why kids need routines. Children who come from chaotic homes often struggle to learn how to learn that life runs more smoothly when you are organized. Structure allows us to internalize constructive habits. What...

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Chocolate Olympics 2020!

The National Home’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) pulled off yet another fun and successful Chocolate Olympics event this February. This highly anticipated event is a favorite among the children at the National Home because it is centered around SUGAR! This annual library event is hosted in the Community Center Cafe, and this year had fun activities like “cookie face,” dunking for worms, ID the chocolate bar, and an M&M Sorting race. TAB held their meeting shortly before this event to discuss their plans for March, which is National Reading Month. They are going to hold an...

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The Guest Lodge Kitchen Gets a Facelift

In December 2017 the National Home welcomed VFW Auxiliary National Senior-Vice President Sandi Kriebel and thirteen of her fellow Auxiliary leaders for a retreat focused on “Building on the VFW Auxiliary Foundation.” During their stay at our Guest Lodge, they noticed the need for significant updates and renovation in the building’s kitchen. Like every building at the National Home, the Margaret A. Armstrong Guest Lodge and Chapel has a rich history. Constructed in 1949 by the Auxiliary, the lodge functioned as a bed and breakfast and a restaurant open to the public that served...

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Reflecting on this beautiful winter day.

It’s February and a Friday. There is snow on the ground and blue in the sky. The breeze in the air highlights the scene from my window. What a picture! The sun, through my window, brings me light. But soon, the ground, now covered in snow, will burst with color in the coming spring, and the breeze may subside in its intensity. Yes, things will change, but the flag, oh my, that flag. What it represents, freedom, optimism, hope, that list is endless. Men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting that which it stands for. That flag, oh my, that flag. That flag has been and will always...

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The Capsule Wardrobe

Do you ever dread picking out what you’re going to wear for the day? It’s not that you don’t have enough clothes, it’s not that you don’t have clothes that you like, you can’t figure out what you want to wear. And you’re not alone! A study by relocation and removals company Movinga of 18,000 heads of households in 20 countries revealed that people often do not wear even 50% of the clothing they own! In a time where many people are looking at their carbon footprint and considering a more minimalist lifestyle, capsule wardrobes might be just the thing...

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