January 29 at 5:57am

Legion Auxiliary shows continuing support for female vets

Female veterans at Interfaith Community Services have friends at the American Legion Auxiliary in the Encinitas area.

For the second year, the women of the Auxiliary’s San Dieguito Unit No. 416 donated proceeds from their annual golf tournament/raffle to Interfaith’s veterans programs for women. The group members asked that their $2,900 contribution be directed toward assisting female veterans to obtain jobs or to enroll in school.

Johnina Noar and Katie Krefft, client advocates for Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, picked up the donation check at the Auxiliary’s January meeting. They were joined at the meeting by Teresa Schacherbauer White, a female Marine veteran who shared with the group how she had been helped by Interfaith’s programs.

White was homeless when she came to Interfaith in October 2012, she told the Auxiliary members. She was accepted into the Veterans Reintegration Assistance Program, which provided her with low-rent housing and a monthly income to help with schooling, transportation and essential needs.

Now living in Interfaith’s veterans apartments in Oceanside, White attends Palomar College. She carries a 3.9 grade-point average and is due to graduate in March with an associate’s degree in business administration. She plans to pursue a job in accounting.

“She talked about how the housing made things possible, and the services and referrals she got that helped her out and kept her off the streets,” said Noar. “Teresa was very comfortable talking to the group. They’re very supportive.”

Krefft shared with the auxiliary information about the new Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families program that she is spearheading and other information about Interfaith’s veterans services.

Noar said it was fabulous the way the San Dieguito Auxiliary has taken on the veterans program, “They seem to be pretty happy with us. The women are so nice, they really care!” she said.