Iowa Veterans Welcome Center Board Chairman, Steve Rathje, announced today that the organization has expanded its mission in support of Veterans, and has changed its name to the ‘Freedom Foundation’ to better reflect that Mission.
“The Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that represents much more than just a place for Veterans to meet and congregate. It’s also the parent organization of a food and clothing distribution center, of which, includes, an emergency financial assistance program that all Veterans and their immediate families can apply for to assist with paying rent, utilities, medical expenses, etc. We also help Veterans to secure employment by assisting them with preparing résumés and job applications prior to introducing them to potential employers, thus creating an atmosphere of real hope and real support for those that volunteered to defend this great Nation. Helping our beloved Veterans won’t stop there, as our continued mission is to parallel their needs as they arise and restore that which was earned, but never received.” Rathje said.
Chuck Elias, Executive Director for the Freedom Foundation, and former U.S. Army S-2 Military Intelligence/Weapons/Security Specialist, and IVWC Board Member went on to say; “Under the direction of Chairman Rathje, our mission has indeed expanded. The needs of our Veterans are many, and the response offered by the public has been overwhelming. From donations to the food pantry and the clothing for the distribution center, to the much needed financial contributions that help fund our financial assistance program and cost of operations, the Freedom Foundation is indeed a bright light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel for our American Heroes.”