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There are 1.4 million Veterans in the United States at risk of being homeless. Unfortunately, many end up homeless due to a lack of healthy support networks, affordable housing, and increasing poverty. And so many traditional or government organizations to help Veterans have too many requirements for someone who needs help to actually get the help they need.
But guess what? Other Veterans are stepping up and finding solutions to the problems that exist.
"An oath to serve those who served us." And the Veterans Community Project (VCP) does just that. They have five locations around the United States and a long-term goal to eliminate Veteran homelessness.
"Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community." They accomplish their mission by serving homeless and at-risk Veterans with tiny homes, wrap-around support services, and emergency assistance.
Founded by combat Veterans in Kansas City, they take "no man left behind" and have made it their life's work to ensure they fill the gaps of a broken system. They refuse to let any Veteran fall through the cracks.
The Veteran Outreach Center is a walk-in center serving as a one-stop-shop for any Veteran with any problem. The center does not discriminate against time in service, discharge status, or other traditional qualifiers. All they care about is whether the person took an oath to defend the Constitution.
Every service they provide is free of charge. Here is a list of services:
Veterans can also utilize the food pantry and receive hygiene kits.
And in Kansas City, they run the first village built by Veterans for Veterans. The village is a specialized community of tiny homes combined with wrap-around onsite services to get homeless Veterans off the street and transition them to permanent housing. Each tiny house provides privacy, security, and the ability to reintegrate at a comfortable pace. They can then receive mentoring, case management, counseling, and connection to other programs and services at the outreach center.
As you can see, the Veterans Community Project is a vital organization doing incredible work to serve those who have served our nation.
Their work does not go unnoticed. Mission Driven partnered with Westlake Ace Hardware for their annual Holiday Surprise Donation this holiday season.
Thanks to the generosity of Scott's friends at Westlake Ace Hardware, they had the pleasure of delivering $25,000 worth of donations to the Veterans Community Project in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Veterans Community Project had no idea what to expect. But needless to say, when they saw multiple vehicles, a delivery truck, and a group of people show up, they were surprised, to say the least.
Mission Driven was incredibly honored to be included in this generous holiday campaign. We truly believe that it's not about what you can get; it's about what you can give, especially during the holiday season.
Big thank you shout out to the following organizations:
To donate to the Veterans Community Project, click here.