Nonprofit Spotlight: Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative 

Last updated on October 5th, 2020 at 02:35 pm

6300 W. National Ave., West Allis
414-257-4111  |
Twitter: @mkehomlessvets

Year founded: 2008

Mission: At the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, we provide critical services needed by homeless and at-risk veterans and their families to help them reach and maintain their highest level of independence.

Primary Focus: MHVI provides veterans and their families access to programs that offer hope. They include: Bikes for Stripes, which provides gently used bicycles to veterans; Crisis Management; Emergency Food Pantry; Home Support; Emergency Fund; and the Women’s Veteran Initiative, which provides support groups and self-care events for female vets.

Number of employees: 7

Key donors: Private and corporate foundations, businesses, individuals, and groups including American Legion Posts and local clubs.

Executive Leadership: Debbie Buchanan

Board of directors: Robert Webb, Jacob Heinitz, Stephen Kassens, Cheryl Jacobs, Justin Beller, David Katauskas, Bill Meisel, Saul Newton, Marietta Ticali

Is your organization actively seeking board members for the upcoming term? Yes. Contact us if interested.

Ways the business community can help your nonprofit: Donations of non-perishable food items are always needed. Microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, blankets, and men’s gloves are difficult to keep in stock. A complete list of our needs is available at

Key Fundraising Events: MHVI normally holds one large annual fundraising event and four smaller community events such as Operation Back to School, the Resource Fair and two Women Veteran Initiative (WOVIN) events.

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