If there were a cause nobler than the one taken up by Veterans Outreach, I am not aware of it. Bro. Jake and Mrs. Shirley, as well as the dozens of volunteers, are doing God’s work on earth—caring for those who often have no one to care for them. Our nation’s heroes who find themselves at the veterans home in Collins or Kosciusko are fortunate to have such a loving group of people to help meet their physical and emotional needs.
Rep. Noah Sanford, District 90—Covington, Simpson, Jefferson Davis Counties
Veterans OutReach is a non-profit group composed of people who are volunteers compassionately committed to their cause of helping our veterans residing in our MS State Veteran Homes. The Veterans OutReach organization stands out as the model for any and all volunteer groups through its strong and dedicated leadership and passionate members. Amazingly the Veterans OutReach members are able to come together and work closely as a team to make a positive difference in the lives of the people they are committed to serve. They excel in the betterment of the lives of veterans in tangible ways from durable goods, physical activities, personal needs, socialization and spiritual needs and guidance. The positive effect of the work of Veterans OutReach does not stop with those residing in the veteran’s homes. Veterans OutReach excites the communities with spirit and appreciations for our veterans.
I have been blessed to work closely with Veterans OutReach in Collins and also had the pleasure of helping them expand their impact to the MS State Veterans Home in Kosciusko.
Charles Register, NHA, MS State Veterans Home
Veterans OutReach has reached a status beyond what anyone has dreamed. Jake Sanford, his wife, Shirley and those who serve with him are doing God’s pure work… the work is helping God reach to the men and women confined to the Veterans Home. Congratulations on finding a place to serve in such an appropriate manner. You bless us all!
The News Commercial, Collins, Mississippi
Veterans OutReach is a wonderful group of caring volunteers who help the veterans and their families make the transition from home life to life in a nursing home. They assist in helping with entertainment, refreshments, and treating the Vets in Collins with love, honor and respect. They are led by Bro. Jake Sanford and his wife, Shirley. My husband George and I have witnessed and been blessed by the acts of kindness shown by these people who willingly and joyfully give so much of their time to helping others.
Veterans OutReach is an amazing organization. I have had the pleasure of meeting all nine of the board members of Veterans OutReach and working closely with them and Brother Jake and Ms. Shirley. Words cannot describe how much they are loved and appreciated at the State Veterans Home in Collins. They visit and fellowship with the men and women on a daily basis. They are such a blessing to see each and every day. They help in meeting the physical and social needs of our veterans by helping to provide clothing and shoes if someone does not have the financial ability to do it themselves. They have helped in purchasing items for the veterans to enjoy and to make it feel like a true home environment. Just to list a few items they have purchased; a beautiful Grand Piano for the chapel; two computers for the veterans to use in the “quite room;” two game tables and two pool tables for the recreation rooms; whirlpool bath tubs for each wing (3); beautiful leather furniture for the recreation rooms and lobby. And now they are in the process of purchasing all new patio furniture and twenty five new adjustable dinning tables. The Veterans OutReach volunteers help in organizing social events and prepare “home cooked” and “cookout” barbecue meals. They are a essential part of our home.
-Tommie Carr NHA
MS State Veterans Home, Collins, Mississippi
The word commitment means dedication to a cause. That word adequately describes Veterans OutReach. The commitment Veterans OutReach has in serving the Veterans of the Collins Veterans Home is remarkable. Veterans OutReach, led by Bro. Jake Sanford, has provided so much over the years to assist the residents, their families, and staff. They have purchased equipment and furniture such as a whirlpool tubs, nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, leather furniture for the lobby and dayroom area, just to name a few. But Veterans Outreach does more than just buy equipment. Bro. Jake, his wife Shirley, and others are at the home nearly every day visiting with residents and families. Of all the things Veterans OutReach does for the residents, providing spiritual guidance is the most important. Some members of Veterans OutReach have been able to develop a special bond with many of the residents which has created opportunities for them to counsel and pray with many elderly Veterans. Someone once said, “as we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Veterans OutReach has proven time and again that it does not to utter words but lives by them. Thank you for all you do.
Director of Operation
Mississippi State Veterans Homes
Now that the busy holiday season is over, I just want to take a moment to thank James and Shirley Sanford and all the volunteers of Veterans OutReach for their service to our beloved veterans at the MS State Veteran’s Home in Collins, MS. My Dad, Col. George Robert Hall, is a resident there, and the services Veterans Outreach provides for him and the other veterans are too many to count. The primary mission of Veterans OutReach is to provide aid and comfort for the veterans residing at the Home in Collins. In addition, they are there for spiritual guidance, counseling and to provide goods and services not otherwise supplied by the State of Mississippi or the federal government. Veterans OutReach is an all volunteer group that is, needless to say, a blessing beyond measure.
All of the numerous purchases that they have made are for the residents to have a sense of home and comfort in an environment that could be very sterile and institutional. In addition to the purchases for the home, Veterans OutReach provides wonderful holiday and special occasion meals so that the residents can celebrate just like the rest of us do. Please remember, that not all of the residents have family to visit them or provide gifts during the holiday season, this makes this program all the more vital for those who do not have a support system. If you have the opportunity to support this organization through a monetary donation, or your time to volunteer your services, you will not regret helping this incredible organization to continue its mission. God Bless those who serve others.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
-Diane H. Willifor