In addition to monetary donations, Gold Coast Veterans Foundation is always in need of physical items for Ventura County veterans and their families. We have taken an important role to ensure the safety and well-being of our local veteran population, including homeless and at-risk veterans, recently-housed veterans, and disabled veterans.
When we are contacted about a veteran or family member in one or more of the above groups, we learn about their needs that will help them get back on their feet. Some needs are specific to that veteran while other needs overlap from one veteran to the next.
We are now offering you, the donor, an opportunity to fulfill one or more of their needs to help rebuild and improve their lives, such as how generous community members were able to assist these local veterans.
Veteran Wish List Success Stories
Brian is an Army veteran who served from 2007-09. For much of his post-service time, he has served as the full-time caregiver for his friend, Brandy, who deals with frequent seizures resulting from an accident with a drunk driver. As a result of that ongoing medical care, they were living out of a vehicle with their dog, Scrappy.
Brian and Brandy were brought to the attention of our Mobile Veteran Outreach (MVO) team, who worked with other agencies to first shelter them in a hotel during COVID-19, and then a permanent apartment. However, during that time, Brian was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, which required a hospital stay and chemotherapy.
Once we knew their move-in date into their apartment, we worked quickly to connect with many generous community members to furnish their new apartment so they could focus on each other’s health. Brian is on the mend and continuing to receive treatments.
Byron is a Marine veteran. Byron receives constant care because of a progressive, genetic health condition that has severely reduced his mobility. As a result, Byron uses an electric wheelchair as his primary mode of transportation. However, due to its frequent use, the electric wheelchair began to come apart and was held together by duct tape. It no longer provided comfort and security for Byron.
Byron’s friend saw this electric wheelchair one day and contacted us to see if we had another electric wheelchair available. With the help of a generous community member and a local veteran-owned moving company, we not only provided Byron a gently-used electric wheelchair with brand-new batteries, but peace of mind for he and his family, knowing that he will always be safe wherever he goes.
How Can I Grant a Veteran’s Wish?
You can help grant the wishes of veterans and their families in your community. This process is very easy:
1. Click on the links below to view our Veteran Wish Lists and choose what item(s) you would like to donate to Ventura County veteran(s) in need:
- Wish Lists of veterans with medical needs
- Wish Lists of recently-housed veterans
- Ongoing Needs to anticipate the needs of both homeless veterans and recently-housed veterans
2. You may contribute by donating one or more the items (new or gently used is most preferred). If you have item(s) to donate, please give us a call at 805‑482‑6550 so we may assist with connecting the item(s) to the veteran(s) in need.
You can help ensure that we are Serving Those Who Served Us by your generous, tax-deductible contribution today. On behalf of our veterans and their families, thank you!
Thank You to Our Partner!
Thank you to Store Safe Self Storage in Camarillo for your kind donation of a storage unit in 2021! This additional and convenient storage space will allow us to fulfill more veterans’ wishes in 2021. We will be able to further effectively connect our generous community members to our veterans in need.
Current Veteran Wish Lists
Giving Me Independence with Medical Equipment
One of the social workers with whom we are frequently in contact has two more disabled, recently-housed veteran clients each in need of electric mobility devices. Currently, it is very difficult for both veterans to access nearby grocery stores and places of essential businesses.
My Wish List:
- Heavy-duty, bariatric electric scooter for Veteran #1
- Heavy-duty electric wheelchair for Veteran #2
I am a Navy and Army National Guard veteran who was recently housed. I served as a Crew Chief in Afghanistan. I am overcoming my permanent medical condition as a result of my time in the service in order to provide for my family.
My Wish List:
- Car. (Because of my medical condition, I do need to see a lot of doctors. However, I can only make my appointments based on who is available to take me to them. Having reliable transportation will ease that burden and allow me to get the care I need.)
I am an Army veteran who served during Vietnam. I have difficulties getting in and out of bed, and as a result, my spouse and I have primarily self-quarantined in our bedroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
My Wish List:
- Electric Hoyer lift
I am a Navy veteran. I was a dental technician during the Vietnam War. I have battled serious health issues in the past year that make it hard for me to maintain my balance and do everyday tasks.
I recently had an electric scooter donated to me to help with getting around the home. However, in my current condition, it would still be difficult for me to get to follow-up doctor appointments.
My Wish List:
- Portable aluminum wheelchair ramp
Furnishing My New Home and Reintegrating into Society
I am the surviving widow of an Army veteran. I was recently housed with the help of our Mobile Veteran Outreach program.
My Wish List:
Two-drawer filing cabinet
- Five-drawer vertical dresser
- End table
I am an Army veteran who served as a nurse during the Gulf War. Although I am not recently housed, my refrigerator is showing signs of wear and tear. Because I live on a very fixed income, I currently cannot afford to replace it.
My Wish List:
- Portable freezer or chest freezer
Mobility is often taken for granted. However, for those who are unable to walk without assistance, medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and electric scooters are invaluable. Such equipment gives our local veterans a sense of independence they otherwise would not have.
- Manual wheelchairs
- Lightweight, transport wheelchairs
- 3 and 4-wheeled electric scooters
- Electric wheelchairs
- Seated walkers
- Wheelchair access ramps
Furnishing Veterans’ Homes
The furnishings and decorations that make a house a home define and ground the family living in that home. When a veteran and family transition into an empty house, they have been homeless for so many years that they do not realize what items they need to make their new house a home. Such items give our local veterans what they need to get back on their feet and feel a sense of community.
We primarily help furnish studio and one-bedroom apartments. Please keep that in mind if you wish to donate any of the following items listed below.
- Beds (mattress, box spring, and/or frame) (twin, full, or queen)
- Bed sheets
- Pillows and pillowcases
- Dressers/Chests of drawers
- Small desks
- Coffee tables
- End tables
- Dining table
- Dining chairs
- Countertop appliances (such as microwaves and toasters)
- Dishes, silverware, and cups
- Bath towels
Emergency Funds and Everyday Essentials
- Homeless veterans
- Veterans at risk of being homeless
- Recently-housed veterans
All are either living off a fixed source of income or no source of income at all. Because of this limited income, they do not have an adequate food supply, reasonable change of clothes, personal care products for their overall health, and gasoline for their cars to get to their jobs and medical appointments.
If you are able to assist us with donating any of the following emergency supplies, all of which will allow our MVO team to best ensure the safety of these highest-risk veterans as they are connected to critical services, we would greatly appreciate your support.
- Hotel vouchers
- Gas cards
- Perishable and non-perishable food items
- Prepaid gift cards
- Grocery store gift cards
- Chain store gift cards
- Restaurant gift cards
- Bus passes