WELCOME TO NOA PERSONALIZED JEWELRY!
OUR MOTTO: "Personalized for a Great Cause"
CORPORATE GIVING: A portion of all our proceeds gives back to Final Salute Incorporated, a charity that supports homeless veteran women.
WE GIVE BACK MONETARILY IN TWO WAYS….$2 from every item sold from our inventory goes to The Final Salute Foundation. The second way we give back is with a uniquely designed charity necklace that says, "We Rise By Lifting Others." 50% of profits from the sale of this necklace go to the Final Salute.
THE BACKSTORY FROM CREATOR AND OWNER PAULA COOPER TRAJKOVSKI:
I am a veteran, and I was almost a homeless veteran after coming off of active duty and out of a bad situation. The one thing that I had and continue to have is awesome girlfriends, my battle buddies, my sisters. They rallied around me and looked out for me until I was able to get back on my feet. To them, I am eternally grateful. When I decided to create my site, I wanted it to be a place where customers could shop and give back to a worthy cause at the same time. I am a small business owner, but I've always wanted to give back, and I've always wanted to help women in some capacity. I am a firm believer in the term "Every little bit helps," and I want my little bit to help…A LOT.
Speaking of a lot, I really reflected on my story and wanted to find a veteran charity that helped homeless women. I searched and searched and when I found Final Salute, what they stood for, their mission resonated with me. Did you know it is estimated that there are currently 55,000 homeless women Veterans in the United States on any given day? For the sacrifices they and their families have made, this is an unacceptable state for any of them to be in. Final Salute Inc. believes in paying women Veterans with the proper respects due to them for the service they have provided to our country. Final Salute also works with the Veteran in establishing her plan towards independence.
There are also legitimate concerns with the housing these women are provided with. According to the Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, A common theme in listening sessions was the perception that existing programs/services for veterans favor men. Participants believed that many seemingly gender-neutral programs failed to ensure equality in the level and types of assistance provided to both men and women. The top priorities of the women veterans were achieving independence, finding permanent housing, obtaining education/training and employment, meeting their financial obligations, as well as fulfilling their parental responsibilities. They sought resources and programs to facilitate achieving these goals.
"A recent report from the VA inspector general examining veteran housing that receives VA grants found bedrooms and bathrooms without locks, poorly lit hallways and women housed in facilities approved for men only. Nearly a third of the 26 facilities reviewed didn't have adequate safety precautions. One woman veteran and her 18-month-old son were placed in the same facility as a male veteran who was a registered sex offender." – AP
So you see, The needs of homeless female Veterans are immediate. Final Salute is providing these needs. They need your support today. I had my girlfriends…my fellow veteran battle buddies in my corner. These women do not have that. I want to be in their corner. They deserve it. Together, we can be in their corner. Oh, I almost forgot! I named this site after my son, Noa. I hope to instill in him the importance of giving back and helping those in need.