Monterey, CA Lodge News

District No. 1200

Elks Donate to Veterans Transition Center

Tom Griffin has accepted a check for $2,000 from Mike Huff, Loyal Knight of Monterey Elks Lodge 1285, in front of the armed services mural in the lobby of the Veterans Transition Center on historic Fort Ord. The funds will help buy bus passes for the 55 formerly-homeless veterans now housed at VTC. Griffin is VTC Board president and also a member of Elks Lodge #1285.

Veterans will be able to get bus passes to look for jobs, go to school or the doctor, thanks to the gift from Monterey Elks Through an agreement with Monterey-Salinas Transit, VTC is able to buy discounted bus passes.

“When the veteran’s service ends, our Elk’s service begins,” Huff said.

Founded in 1998, VTC is turning the discarded Army homes at Ft. Ord into transitional housing for homeless vets and their families. Approximately 1,200 veterans entered VTC doors last year for information, potential housing, food, clothing and other assistance. VTC consistently has 50 to 55 clients in housing and they are seeing much younger homeless and imminently-homeless veterans on a daily basis. 

The Monterey County VTC is one of the few programs in the nation to accept male and female veterans and their families. Program goals are to rehabilitate, so veterans exit the program clean and sober, with employment or other income, and have permanent housing for up to a year after leaving. During the last five years, VTC has been more than 90 percent successful in achieving these goals and has been noted by the Department of Veterans Affairs as the top program in the nation. Learn more, and help support VTC, at

Since 1917, hundreds of thousands of Elks and their families have given generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of America’s veterans will be enhanced. Gratitude Grants are awarded to especially address local needs.

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