Category: What a Difference a Day Makes
H.E.R.O.E.S. Care

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care

St. Louis, Missouri

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is Missouri's largest military family support organization.

We started in 2003 providing material and financial support for military families in Missouri and southwest Illinois struggling with issues related to deployment. In 2009, we launched our Hometown Support Program, which now operates out of more than 600 locations in 25 states.

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care now serves military and veteran families in 43 states and overseas through a network of thousands of highly trained community-based caregivers who attach themselves to military families and remain in support of their needs throughout deployment and for a minimum of two years post-deployment.

To date, more than 250,000 military and veteran families have received program services and support through our efforts.

Today, H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is the largest Missouri-based military family support organization and one of only 26 nonprofits of this kind in the nation holding a four-star rating from Charity Navigator — the highest rating they confer. For the past seven years, at least 96 percent of the donations we received were directed to program services. Few charities are as effective in donor stewardship. In addition, we partner with 143 other entities in our efforts to provide a holistic and responsive system of care. We freely share our material resources and expertise with other charities.

The Mission

We provide a holistic system of care to mitigate the complex stressors related to current or past military service, with the ultimate goals of reducing suicides and divorces. We provide funding to stop evictions and foreclosures; to provide for home, vehicle and appliance repairs; diapers, clothing and other baby goods for military moms; business attire for members of the National Guard, Reserves and veterans to assist in job searches; food for military and veteran families through our network of pantries; and send thousands of care packages to the deployed each year.

What would you do with 100 volunteer hours and $5,000?

The 100 volunteer hours can allow us to prepare donated men’s business attire to dress 1,200 service members and veterans for success in their job-seeking efforts. The $5,000 can purchase 50,000 pounds of food for our pantries.