by Kristina Derr
Veterans Disability Lawyer
The staff at Legal Help for Veterans had the opportunity to visit Michigan Veterans Foundation this past week. Michigan Veterans Foundation (MVF) is a multi-faceted, non-profit agency that addresses the needs of homeless veterans. It also provides on-site support services to veterans who are at risk of being homeless or simply need help. Visit MVF’s website to learn more about the non-profit agency: http://www.michiganveteransfoundation.org/
Nationwide, an average of 1/3 of America’s homeless are veterans. This means that on any given night, as many as 250,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters, and perhaps four times as many experience homelessness at some point during the course of a year.
MVF offers over 140 veterans an 18-month long placement, which can be extended for an additional six months. MVF allows veterans to remain in a safe, structured environment, designed to lead them back into society through professional guidance and veteran-to-veteran reinforcement.
The agency works in collaboration with a multitude of human service providers, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies to meet the veteran’s medical, psychological, and educational needs. Programming at MVF include life skills training, employment training, job opportunities/referrals, education, healthcare, legal assistance, VA benefits assistance, twelve-step groups, counseling services/support groups, meals and clothing (including clothing appropriate for job interviews), access to transportation, and securing permanent housing.
This phenomenal agency has numerous staff members who are dedicated to veterans, and help to fill the gaps that currently exist in providing services to Michigan’s veterans. We at Legal Help for Veterans applaud MVF’s hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm in providing care to one of our nation’s most precious resources—our veterans!