Sheriff Gives Check to Salvation Army – Bell Shelter Veterans

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Sheriff Alex Villanueva presented the Salvation Army – Bell Shelter with a $17,500 check on Monday, December 23, 2019 from proceeds generated from the sale of LASD’s first ever Veterans Patch.

“With the month of November coming up, we came up with the idea of putting together a veterans patch,” said Sheriff Villanueva. “It sold out like crazy. In fact, three times over. And then for the entire month of November we authorized our personnel to wear the veterans patch. It’s important and extremely significant because it embraces so many people and is part of who we are as Los Angeles County – one big community.”

United States Marine Corps Veteran and LASD Sergeant, William Kitchin, who overseas the department’s Homeless Outreach Services added, “The sheriff’s department proactively engages veteran homelessness in the community to help build relationships to try to connect them with service providers. LASD works with multiple partners who coordinate housing and services, as well as professionals from the mental health sector, to help address and identify substance abuse, public health and safety concerns. And with that, we have been able to build relationships to help transition people out of homelessness.”

In honor of these veterans, 100 percent of the proceeds went to support the largest homeless shelter in the entire nation and, “We definitely need to provide them all the support we can give, particularly during the holidays,” said Sheriff Villanueva.

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100% of proceeds donated to The Salvation Army Bell Shelter, which provides transitional housing for Veterans.

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If you are an adult experiencing homelessness or at-risk of becoming homeless, please call (800) 548-6047 or click on the link…

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