When we first looked at bringing a faith based group together for our members we thought we'd do an all faith group. After surveying our members the response was overwhelming, they only wanted a christian group. As we surveyed the Greater Houston area we found no programs existing that are tailored for successful veterans, only for substance abuse and suicide intervention. So we went out to find a great community partner that could help us tell inspiring stories of our members successful use of their faith. We did not want to reinvent the wheel but instead wanted to launch the group in 2017, and found CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). Together we've adopted their format for a professional christian luncheon that relies on testimony from successful Christians.
We have focused our discussions on stories of faith and service. These are meant to inspire, inform, and renew our collective faith as we hear from veterans how their faith has influenced their military service, and vice versa. This is also a great way for civilians who might not know many or any veterans to hear a message of Christian faith that they can relate to and in doing so bridge the gap between civilians and veterans.
You can see what it's like at one of our events by checking out these photos.
Also, don't forget to join LSVA, there's no cost and you'll be part of the largest community of veterans in Houston, Texas.
We were recently spotlighted for our work in building the veteran community for our Christian members.
While Lone Star Veterans Association is not faith-based, the nonprofit has created a Christian group as part of its effort to build a supportive veteran community which is especially applauded by Americans all over the country with Veterans Day on Sunday.
“It’s bridging the gap between veterans and Christians — and helping them explore their faith journeys together,” Doffing said. “We want to help people find their faith, grow it and renew it.”
We are here to build One Veteran Community. We want to make sure that you can connect with the community outside of our event and as soon as you join the organization. Find us on Facebook and join the conversation today. You can also see what it's like at one of our events by checking out these photos.
With so many monthly events and a small staff we rely on our members in order to operate a consistent and sustainable program schedule. If you have the time and availability to help with tasks at events, admin, database, outreach, or anything else please reach out to us here. One of our group's Community Leaders will get you plugged into our activities.
Interested in joining our volunteer leadership team? It takes three Community Leaders to operate each recurring monthly activity per region. In order to expand access and content we need more Community Leaders. We also are continually recruiting as this volunteer role only lasts 18 months. Will you help us build One Veteran Community?
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Our programs are 100% funded by private donations. As an organization we serve our community by recruiting, training, and deploying Community Leaders to build the veteran community. It requires a professional staff to manage the logistics and administration of operating over 15 events each month in Houston. Your support is greatly appreciated.
If your company would like to host a joint networking event with our group we offer group sponsorship opportunities. For more details please contact Kevin Doffing, firstname.lastname@example.org.