First Nation Group Donates $200,000 to House Homeless Veterans

For the 3rd year in a row, First Nation Group Jordan Reses donates $200,000 to be used as a match to spur additional donations.

Toledo, OH – Veterans Matter today announced that due to the success in 2016 and 2017, First Nation Group is again donating $200,000 to help homeless vets nationwide find a home.

“First, we choose to help homeless veterans because they need us most,” says Steve Baugh, President of First Nation Group, “And second, by leveraging our donation we can work with regular Americans, foundations, American Legions and other veterans groups to house twice as many veterans who are living on the streets of our nation.”

To date the company has not only directly donated $750,000 to Veterans Matter, it created an innovative program with their suppliers Fisher Paykel and Remzzz. The suppliers are rebating 1% of First Nation’s purchases directly to Veterans Matter.

“First Nation Group is one of those remarkable companies that creates profit to be able to give it back to the community, veterans and the nation. And they are strategic in their giving preferring deep dive long-term investments to just a one-off gift.“ says Ken Leslie, Advocate in Chief of Veterans Matter,  a national program that partners with the VA and has housed nearly 2000 veterans in 17 states.

Another example of this long-term investment approach to giving is First Nation’s significant long term support of Samaritan Center, a comprehensive community resource center on the east side of Detroit, in one of the most impoverished zip codes in the nation.  Under First Nation Group, CEO Cheryl Nilsson, the company has not only invested in providing security for Samaritan Center, it opened a national distribution facility there to expand its ability to employ those in the neighborhood, a federally designated “HUBZone” (Historically Underutilized Business Zones).

“Every employee of First Nation Group works together to intentionally better our society. Our ability to give to Veterans Matter could never happen without the heart and commitment of every one of our employees,” says Nilsson.

Veterans Matter, which has a 100% success rate using donations to house veterans in a HUD-VA partner program that has a 91% success rate keeping them housed long-term, helped 600 veterans and veteran families with children get a warm home in 2017.  The group is working to house 1000 more this year in a campaign dubbed “#Mission1000”.   For information or to double your support of homeless veterans visit