Share the Plate
For the month of November, UCN shares the plate with the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. The Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) believes that no American veteran should be homeless. However, in Milwaukee, one of every four homeless individuals is a veteran. Nearly 5,500 additional veterans area at risk for homelessness due to living below the poverty line, spending more than half of their incomes on housing, or living with another family.
Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative reaches out the veterans and their families in Milwaukee. Since 2008, MHVI has helped more than 1,200 veterans and their families. Through outreach activities in areas frequented by the homeless, MHVI volunteers provide hot coffee, sandwiches, toiletries, blankets and clothing to homeless veterans, as well as helping them to apply for and receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Through home support activities, veterans who receive housing assistance through the Veterans Administration, HUD, or other programs are given furniture, household items, food and toiletries to set up their homes. Through its Emergency Food Pantry, veterans can receive food and hygiene supplies if they are in a crisis situation. Finally, through its Bikes for Stripes program, donated bikes and helmets are provided to needy veterans to provide basic transportation and promote health.
MHVI was started by veterans, and much of its work is done by a dedicated volunteer force, many of whom are veterans. For more information about the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, please visit their website at mkehomelessvets.org.
How to Nominate an Organization for Share the Plate
The Social Justice Committee needs and accepts nominations for Share the Plate throughout the year. Please consider nominating a special program or agency you know about. A nomination form is available from the office.
Nominations for recipients of the SHARE THE PLATE offerings are open. If you would like to nominate your favorite non-profit program contact the church office. To nominate an organization, complete this form and return it to the church via email (email@example.com) or post:
Unitarian Church North
13800 North Port Washington
Mequon, WI 53097
UCN Social Justice Committee