On behalf of the MCVET Board of Directors, staff and our students, we want to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
As we continue to look towards the future, we believe now is a good time to reflect on all we have provided for over more than 8000 homeless veterans and those we will continue to serve going forward.
As we have done for the past 24 years, MCVET has steadfastly adhered to our core mission of "Veterans Helping Veterans." We continue to make significant strides in enhancing our services to those who have selflessly served our country. To achieve our mission, we must rely heavily upon the continued support of our service organizations, business and community supporters, individual donors and volunteers who allow us to provide transformative life improvements to our students.
Many of you may be aware that this past year MCVET forfeited approximately $1,000,000 of our operating budget due to our differences with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and it's "Housing First" Initiative. Our participation in the 'Housing First" model would require MCVET to be accessible to any homeless individual who would not have to adhere to our policies and rules, which we feel is essential to our unparalleled success over the years. Therefore, our Board unanimously voted that we could not compromise our mission and would not participate in the Housing First Initiative.
We are excited to embark on a new frontier of helping not only our veteran community, but also others by providing Intensive Outpatient Services. (IOP) This Initiative will provide critical therapeutic support services while still allowing us to achieve our primary goal of full time employment and stable housing for our eligible veterans.
These services are much in line with similar Baltimore city funded programs that we support such as Code Blue, the inclement winter shelter and the homeless women's shelter program.
Importantly, our mission remains steadfast and true that until there are no more homeless veterans, our cause and methodology continues to be what guides us.
Contrary to rumors being circulated, these new aforementioned additions DO NOT in any way compromise the service we will continue to provide to our students.
Stand with MCVET as we continue to make a difference in the lives of this most vulnerable population.
"IT TAKES AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO HELP A VETERAN HEAL!"
Jeffery Kendrick, USAF (Ret)