Donations for Homeless Veterans

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Dear Miami-Dade Golfer:

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, every night in the United States, 57,859 homeless veterans look for a safe place to sleep. 144,842 veterans use homeless housing programs each year and the number of homeless female veterans rose more than 140% from 2006 to 2010.

Veterans are homeless due to an extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment.

Miami-Dade Parks, in partnership with the Miami Veteran’s Administration Hospital, is collecting supplies for homeless veterans. The list of items needed can be found below. We will be accepting donations of these items at our golf courses through Memorial Day. Every item will help. If you’re not planning on playing golf this week, we are open from sunrise to sunset every day. Please stop by at your convenience and drop off something in our collection boxes. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Steve Jablonowski
Manager, Golf Operations
Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
PGA Master Professional
Formerly: 183rd Maintenance Company
4th Infantry Division, Ft. Carson, CO

Donations that are needed include:
Hygiene Items

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap (Bar or Shower Gel)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Foot Powder
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving Gel/Cream
  • Feminine products
  • Nail Clippers
  • Lotion
  • Combs

Flip Flops
Sleeping Bags
Food Items

  • Canned food
  • Pop Topped Canned goods
  • Snack type food

Laundry detergent (individual sized)

Reading Glasses
Rain Gear

  • Umbrella
  • Poncho
  • Waterproof bags

Small Can Openers
Safety Whistles
Sun Screen
Chap Stick

  • Backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Duffle Bags

Underwear (new in package)
T-shirts (new in package)
Socks (new in package)

Donations are accepted at all Miami-Dade County Golf Courses
through Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, including:

Briar Bay Golf Course | 9399 SW 134th Street
Country Club of Miami | 6801 NW 186th Street
Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne | 6700 Crandon Boulevard
Greynolds Golf Course | 17530 W Dixie Highway
Palmetto Golf Course | 9300 SW 152nd Street