The MVAT Foundation recently provided grants to 16 of the best performing nonprofit charities and organizations supporting veterans around the nation, one of which wasThe Pathway Home, a Bay Area nonprofit dedicated to benefiting the lives of veterans. MVAT Beneficiaries Committee Members spent much time deliberating and analyzing grant recipients. The Committee rated grant recipient organizations on criteria such as organizational financial health, program efficiencies and outcomes, and good governance practices. Emphasis was also placed on smaller charities like The Pathway Home and specific programs where the MVAT Beneficiaries Committee believed the grant funds would make a material difference in helping that organization’s ability to continue to carry out impactful, service-based programs.

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The Pathway Home contribution is one of the few grants specifically generated from the Northern California Council of the MVAT Foundation. RIX Industries, a high-pressure, oil-free air and gas compressor company located in Benicia, CA, was the single biggest contributor to the MVAT Foundation Northern California Council’s 2015 fundraising efforts. The Pathway Home, which is run out of the Napa Veterans Home -one of the largest in the nation-, is deeply committed to Veterans of the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. Due to a lack of funding, The Pathway Home recently emerged from having to close its doors to veterans for good. But by partnering with the Veterans Administration and the Napa Veterans Home, The Pathway Home will continue to serve struggling Veterans. “As war became more and more distant in people’s minds, so did the contributions to The Pathway Homes” says George Wood, Executive Vice President of RIX Industries. “The Pathway Home recently emerged from near extinction, therefore saving veterans by saving itself. It is an honor for the MVAT Foundation and RIX Industries to support this charity’s positive impact within the community.”

The following is a list of designated charities and programs that received MVAT Foundation grants:

Airpower Foundation for Snowball Express
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for the Character Development Program
Gary Sinise Foundation
Green Beret Foundation
Habitat for Heroes, a program of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
AUSA Greater Los Angeles Chapter for Family Programs
Folds of Honor
Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Support Services, a program of Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention
JVS Veterans First, a program of Jewish Vocational Services of LA
K9s for Warriors
New Directions for Veterans
The Pathway Home
Shelter to Soldier
Silhouettes for Vets
UDT-SEAL Association
Wooden Boats for Veterans

For more information about the MVAT Foundation or RIX Industries, please visit:  www.mvat.org and www.rixindustries.com. View the MVAT Foundation Press here.