Hoping to help women shifting from military service to civilian life, quilters in Sun City recently donated five quilts to VeteransFirst in Phoenix.
Some women veterans struggle to establish a home. They can use help with rent, utilities and basic essentials.
“We get no government funding. We’re blessed that we can do this for others,’’ said Joan Sisco, founder and chief executive officer of VeteransFirst, established in 2002.
VeteransFirst support for women veterans ranges from advocating for them, speaking at community events to raise awareness of them and connecting them with other organizations to assist in solving their problems.
Shari Heath, a member of Friendship Quilters, Fabric Artists at the Bell Recreation Center in Sun City, feels a need to help veterans.
“Being a military family, my husband and son were in the service, I saw how they support each other,” Heath said, “Sometimes that support goes away when they leave the service. They fall through the system. Women tend not to ask for help.”
The quilters give away more than 200 quilts annually to groups in the Phoenix metro area. To pay for quilting expenses, they sell items such as quilted place mats, table runners, adult bibs and quilts, of course. They accept donations of fabric.
The club is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information about VeteransFirst, contact Joan Sisco at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-841-7663.