You Saw Us Through Our Hardship - And We Thank You


Hello friends,

I want to take a moment to say thank you

We know that Rochester is a community full of patriotic hearts and philanthropic givers. Sometimes though, it takes a hardship like the one VOC suffered this year—a $250,000 cut in New York State funding—to feel the full impact of a community’s strength and support. We signaled the need for reinforcements, and you not only answered our call with financial contributions, but you shared our message far and wide.

Although we did not recoup the full $250,000, you helped bring our mission to life for the people who need us most. Your willingness to share our message brought more veterans through our doors this summer. In fact, we saw a 15% increase in new veterans utilizing our services during the month of July. Your voice made a powerful impact on the brave men and women who served our nation, and for that we thank you.

From here, we plan to keep forging ahead. This budget cut will not stop us from helping homeless veterans find a bed every night—a place to call home. It will not stop us from helping veterans find meaningful employment and assistance with legal struggles. It will not stop us from delivering a host of services through our robust Morale Center, which provides peer support, chiropractic care and massage therapy, self-expression through music and art groups, laundry facilities and much more—all free of charge. As our shared values state, VOC will continue to RISE, and we know our friends in the Rochester community “have our six.”

So from all of us at Veterans Outreach Center, thank you for everything.

We are always grateful for your continued support. Visit our website to learn more about our services or to invest in our veterans.


Laura Stradley
Executive Director
Veterans Outreach Center
U.S. Army Veteran