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Mr. Jeffery L. Kendrick

Director of finance & administration since 2014

Ms. Beatrice McQuarrie C.P.A.


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MCVET serves over 200 veterans from around the United States daily at its 100,000 square foot facility with the support of over 40 staff members.


Although relatively new as an agency, MCVET has already received a great deal of attention from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. On May 7, 1997, HUD declared that MCVET was the "National Model" for seamless services to homeless veterans.

Incorporated on February 25, 1993, the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Corporation designed to provide homeless veterans and other veterans in need with comprehensive services that will enable them to rejoin their communities as productive citizens.

The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) is serving more than 250 veterans daily, through Five (5) distinct programs -- a Day Drop-In Program, an Emergency Program (13 weeks), a Transitional Housing Program (up to two years), a Follow-up Program, and 80 Single Room Occupancy apartments (SRO). A natural progression will be to go from the Day Drop-in Program, to the Emergency Program, to the Transitional Housing Program, to the SRO. Veteran applicants from outside MCVET's program, including female veterans, are also accepted into the SRO program, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. As the veterans enrolled at MCVET travel through this continuum, they receive an array of services that support our primary goal of empowering them to return to the families and communities.


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Physical Address


BALTIMORE, MD 21202 4801


Ms. Katherine M O'Donovan


Director of Development

Tel: (410)576-9626

Main Address

301 North High St

Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

Physical Address


BALTIMORE, MD 21202 4801

Cause Area (NTEE Code) 

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) produces an annual CHALENG Report (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups), which estimates the number of homeless veterans based on requests for services at participating agencies. In the 2003 CHALENG Report, the VA estimated there were 313,087 homeless veterans on any given night in America.

According to the "The Forgotten American - Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve," released December 8, 1999, by the Interagency Council on the Homeless; 23% of the homeless population are veterans, and of that population, 33% of these veterans are men.

  1. The latest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs CHALENG fact sheet.
  2. The 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, which describes the overall scope of homelessness in America and among several subpopulations, including Veterans.

List of Services

  • Education - Employment

    The Education, Training, and Employment (ETE) program's goal is to involve the residents of MCVET in higher education or skilled training programs that will enable them to secure first-rate employment and higher paying salaries. The first phase of the ETE program is assessment. Assessments are done in two parts. The first part is conducted with a group of peers while the resident is still in the Emergency Shelter Program. The second part is completed after the individual's case manager makes the referral to ETE. After a resident is enrolled into a training program, the ETE program coordinator tracks his performance until the completion of his program. The individual will then be referred to employment services. The employment service component of ETE is structured in partnership with Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations (DLLR). This comprehensive program includes intensive job development, job search, labor market information, assisted placement, job workshops, resume preparation, and interview skills training.

  • Health Care

    Our residents often encounter mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, family problems, etc. Referrals for mental health issues are made to Veterans Affairs Medical Centers located in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. The information and referral process of MCVET ensures that its residents receive quality care for these problems. All residents have access to health care services. A Vision Care clinic is located on-site to provide services for MCVET's residents. Physical health problems of a more serious nature are referred to and treated at the local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers or through private physicians obtained by the residents.

  • Substance Abuse - Mental Health

    During the first 60 days of residency at MCVET, each resident is assigned to a case manager and attends addiction recovery classes daily. They receive individual counseling and on-site assistance including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and assistance with family problems. They are also assigned to a benefits counselor who assists with VA entitlements. After 60 days, the resident may move to the Transtional Housing Program where they are required to attend life skills and substance abuse classes, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and work in conjunction with a case manager in the development of an Individual Service Strategy (ISS). The ISS is a long-range plan used as a tool to outline education, employment and housing goals and to document strategies for helping the resident stay drug free.

  • Case Management - Counseling

    Prospective residents undergo assessment by a trained case manager performing intake duties to (a) determine whether or not they meet the criteria of homelessness and (b) verify their veteran status in accordance with the mission of the program. If accepted, the resident is referred to the Veterans Affairs for physical and mental health treatment, as needed. During the first 60 days of residency at MCVET, each resident is assigned to a case manager and attends addiction recovery classes daily. They receive individual counseling and on-site assistance including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and assistance with family problems. They are also assigned to a benefits counselor who assists with VA entitlements.

  • Single Room Occupancy

    The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program is an essential component to the overall continuum of care because it gives MCVET the ability to place veterans in permanent housing with continued access to on-site case management and counseling services. The SRO functions in conjunction with the existing Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing Programs to provide a full continuum of housing, counseling and job placement services to veterans in need. Veteran applicants from outside MCVET's program, including female veterans, are also eligible for the SRO units.

  • Transitional Housing

    The Transitional Housing Program has 120 beds and provides up to two years of transitional housing and supportive services to veterans who have successfully completed the Emergency Shelter Program and need continued supportive services in order to return them to employment and permanent housing.

  • Emergency Housing

    The Emergency Housing component is actually the first phase for veterans committing to the MCVET program. The Emergency Housing program has a capacity of 50 beds and is available to residents for a period not to exceed thirteen (13) weeks. During the 13 weeks, residents' military status is confirmed and they receive VA benefits counseling. They are also assigned to a case manager who works with the resident to identify the causes of the homelessness and to outline employment and education goals.

  • Drop In Facility

    The Day-Drop provides homeless veterans who are in need of a facility that affords a degree of comfort during the day and a feeling of camaraderie with other veterans in similar circumstances. In the Day-Drop, veterans have access to shower facilities, clothing, water and vending machines, crisis intervention counseling and a quiet haven to rest. The Facility has a 50 person capacity.

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MCVET recently conducted a "MCVET Informative" with 98 Rock FM.

The results of this on air interview are detailed and available by Clicking Here:


Leadership Team

  • Sandi Dutton, President


    Sandi Dutton, President of the Board for Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) brings years of dedicated experience and concern for Veterans to her position. Dutton has been a very involved member in the American Legion Auxiliary, beginning as a youth and serving this Veterans’ organization on the local, district, state and national levels. Dutton served as the National President of the American Legion Auxiliary in 2004-2005 traveling throughout the world in support of Veterans’ issues. Dutton says “my heart is with our Veterans. I am most pleased and honored to serve them in any way I can”. She is a member of Greenbelt Unit #136 who presented her with a “life membership” in 1986. Dutton is a Senior Account Executive with Summit Group in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Jeffery Kendrick, B.S. USAF (Ret)


    Executive Director of The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training. Selected for this position in April 2014, he brings a vast knowledge of the MCVET organization; having worked there for the past twelve years as the Benefits Counselor, Facility Manager and Director of Operations. He is a military veteran (retiree), having served for over twenty years (20) years, within the Information Technology Field, as a member of the United States Air Force. Included among his many areas of assignment have been The United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Korea, Nellis AFB NV, Andrews AFB MD, F E Warren AFB WY, and Charleston AFB, SC. Entrusted with continuing the MCVET mission of providing a vast array of comprehensive services to the homeless veteran population, he is spearheading the development of an organizational strategic plan; which will modernize and combine MCVET’s comprehensive program, and securing housing for its veterans.
  • Rheebe Bryant, L.C.S.W.-C. USA(Ret)


    Bio to be added.
  • Beatrice McQuarrie, CPA CMA CGMA


    Bio to be added.
  • Cereta Spencer, MSHM, MAOM, CTA


    A native Baltimorean, Cereta Spencer is a proud product of the Baltimore City Public Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications from Morgan State University. Her graduate study included a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Hospitality Management from the Baltimore International College. She is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA). Ms. Spencer has more than 20 years of experience in the organizational management, hospitality management, community engagement and event planning arenas. She is also the managing consultant for Sincerely Cereta, LLC. Innovative Solutions Event Planning and Marketing. Ms. Spencer chairs, co-chairs and oversees numerous epic events for non-profit and for-profit organizations. She possesses an insatiable passion to serve under-served communities in Baltimore City and is a heavily-involved community activist. Ms. Spencer coordinates grassroots community outreach projects, aids women as they transition from economic hardship to gainful employment, leads fundraising activities, oversees homeless outreach for veterans and is a mentor to college students matriculating a degree in Hospitality Management. Ms. Spencer is a well-respected organizational leader serving on the Board of Directors for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, Suited to Succeed, Kids Play USA Foundation and Claybridge Health Education Fund Inc.
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