Judge Sara J. Harper Village

Honoring veterans with love

Housing with heart, designed to support and build veteran well-being.

You did something amazing. You built and filled homes with love. Whether you were with us in person, or in spirit at the grand opening, you’ve helped open the doors to Judge Sara J. Harper Village. Today, it’s now a home, where our women veterans will rest easy.

So many people have shared their hearts to give safe homes to our women veterans. Thank you! With your help, every corner of Judge Sara J. Harper Village has been filled with love and hope.

Incredible testimonial was captured by our local news stations! Click the links below to meet Rhonda and Amani, two veterans who will be living at Judge Sara J. Harper Village. You can also meet our CEO, John R. von Arx III, who shares more about Judge Sara J. Harper Village.

Hearts are full because of you.

You helped us make safe housing a dream come true for women veterans. Check out photos and videos from the Grand Opening Ceremony or donate now to keep supporting our women veterans.

A Place to Recover & Heal

Sara J. Harper Village gives veterans like U.S. Army Veteran Rhonda a place to recover and heal. Rhonda shares her journey and how she’s learned to deal with her PTSD thanks to support and services from Volunteers of America.

“This is a place where we can go to be safe. We’re going to take care of each other here. This village is the help we needed.”

Rhonda, U.S. Army Veteran

About Sara J. Harper Village

The new veteran-centric housing is named in honor of U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Clevelander, Judge Sara J. Harper. She believed in her Marine Corps training, and shares her “will to win” with all of us, hoping her story will inspire and change lives now, and well into the future.

We believe home is the foundation of well-being. Judge Sara J. Harper Village is a new affordable housing program of Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana reaching right into the heart of the Cleveland veteran community. Our goal is to support the most underserved segment of the veteran population, homeless and traumatized female veterans. This new, safe, affordable housing is a supportive environment designed to help veterans rebuild their lives and maintain well-being. Being surrounded by fellow veterans and connected to veteran resources and treatment helps them achieve self-sufficiency and thrive.

You Helped Build Hosing with Love

With the help of community partners, Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana has built 12 apartments of fully furnished affordable veteran housing in the heart of Cleveland’s treasured Glenville neighborhood.

our kind heart has helped us build a veteran-focused residential community; where the veterans who call it home can heal, work, and thrive together.

Special thanks to our community leaders and partners who are working hard to make this housing a reality.

Project Partners

Frank G. Jackson

Kevin M. Conwell

Ward 9

Cuyahoga County Council
Yvonne M. Conwell
District 7

Construction Partners


Ohio State Representative
Terrence Upchurch


Ohio State Senator
Sandra R. Williams



American Legion Charities of Ohio
American Legion Department of Ohio
American Legion District 9
American Legion Joseph J. Jacubic Post 572
American Legion Auxiliaries
  Lake County Council, Posts 336 and 719; Units 7, 112, 214, and 601
The Andrews Foundation
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Dollar Bank Foundation
The Sam J. Frankino Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation
The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust
The Catherine & Edward Lozick Foundation
Ladies of the Lyndhurst YMCA
The Lozick Family Foundation
The Murphy Family Foundation
Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism
Ohio Savings Bank, a division of NYCB
State of Ohio Department of Veteran Services
3rd & Goal Foundation
Union Home Mortgage Foundation
Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts
  2533 West Park-Gilbert O’Neill, 3747 Walter S. Auer, 7939 Leroy Thompson,
  Post 7647, Auxiliaries 2133 and 7647
S.K. Wellman Foundation
Summit Toyota

Special Thanks

City of Cleveland
Cleveland City Councilman Kevin M. Conwell
Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne M. Conwell
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana Board of Directors
The Family of Judge Sara J. Harper and Judge George Trumbo
John Reynolds
Volunteers of America Restoring Hope Society
Christina Sadowski Photography

And hundreds of individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio who’ve shared their hearts.

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