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The primary mission of General Needs is to assist homeless veterans & veterans in need to live lives of dignity by providing NEW: • Daily-living clothing: underwear, socks, tee-shirts • Cold weather items: coats, jackets, hats, scarves, ski gloves, thermal underwear/socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets • Warm weather items: graphic tee-shirts, shorts • Footwear: winter water-proof boots, sneakers, summer sandals, shower flipflops • Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes/toothpaste, deodorant, razors, powder, sunscreen A secondary mission is to aid homeless veterans, veterans in need as well as their families by providing: • New beds and other household items to veterans moving into housing with a VASH-HUD Voucher. Having the basic household items (bed frame/mattress/box spring, bedding, towels, and kitchenware) would grant a formerly homeless veteran a fresh start & empower successful independent living.
General Needs Ltd. is an all-volunteer, 501(C)(3) non-profit supporting homeless Veteran’s on Long Island since 2008. General Needs supports many Emergency and Transitional Housing facilities throughout Long Island and Queens. From 2008 to 2018, the need has grown, and we have expanded our support to follow the veterans from homelessness back to independent living. In 2008, we supported about 45 veterans approximately 3-4 times per year or as the budget allowed. In 2017, we routinely supported 200 veterans per month in 5-6 shelters from Queens to Riverhead. We raise funds through grants, corporate sponsorships with many of the large organizations on Long Island: PSEG, NationalGrid, TD Bank, MACY’s and many others. In addition, we partner with many community and civic philanthropic organizations such as Rotary District 7255, Townwide Fund of Huntington and Moonjumpers. As a veteran focused organization based in Suffolk County, we are registered with Suffolk County and must renew or certification annually. Please see our website and fb page to learn more and join our efforts to provide veterans with the basic living needs they have earned through our "Distributions with Dignity".