Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:37 pm
Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative
6300 W. National Ave., West Allis, WI 53214 | Ph: (414) 257-4111
Facebook: @mkehomelessvets.org | Twitter: @mkehomelessvets
Year established: 2008
Total Employees: 6
- Debbie Buchanan, Executive Director
- Jacob Heinitz, Board President
- Hon. Robert E. Webb Jr. – Vice President
- Steven Kassens – Treasurer
- Timothy P. Kenney – Secretary
WOVIN: The Women Veterans Initiative
Women Veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population and at least 35% have children. They face issues and barriers different from their male peers, with some who do not regard themselves as veterans due to lack of integration or because they did not serve in combat.
WOVIN was created by women veterans to help their comrades thrive by providing specific programs that meet the needs of women veterans to include our Emergency Food Pantry and Home Support Programs. This year we have already served 122 women and 86 children and as we approach our busiest time of the year-we expect to serve at least 40 additional women and children.
WOVIN continues to bridge the trust gap, inform women veterans on services they are eligible to receive, connect them with community services, and ensure their unique needs are being met.
Service area: MHVI was founded by veterans and continues to be run by veterans to this day. Since its inception in 2008, MHVI has served over 4,500 veterans and their families all over Southeastern Wisconsin as well as throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Fundraising – Events: MHVI will be hosting their Annual Fundraiser in Spring 2020 and celebrating 12 years of serving veterans. Also in Spring, WOVIN will be hosting its 3rd Annual Women’s Wellness Event giving female veterans the opportunity to network over dinner and participate in various pampering activities including: massage, yoga, manicures, acupuncture and much more! August will bring the celebration of the 3rd Annual Operation Back to School Event providing back packs and school supplies for veteran families.
Goals: In 2020 the Emergency Food Pantry will be looking to expand its services to veterans by providing healthier options as well as perishable items. In order to enhance the newly intake process for veterans, plans are being developed to build two new crisis rooms allowing for additional comfort and privacy.
Volunteer opportunities: With a small staff of six employees, volunteers are always welcome to help supplement with assistance in warehouse operations, the Emergency Food Pantry and various events throughout the year.
Giving opportunities: Financial contributions are critical for sustaining services for veterans through the crisis fund. Donations of food, household goods, furniture, cleaning supplies and gift cards assist in supporting the Home Support and Emergency Food Pantry Programs as well as the everyday needs of veterans in crisis.
JACOB HEINITZ – PRESIDENT
Major Account Manager – Cintas
HON ROBERT E. WEBB JR. – VICE PRESIDENT
Attorney at Law
*Veteran, US Army, Staff Judge Advocate
STEPHEN KASSENS – TREASURER
Director of Asset Management
*Retired Army Veteran, 23 years
TIMOTHY P. KENNEY – SECRETARY
Aircraft Technician Supervisor
128th Air Refueling Wing
*Wisconsin Air National Guard, USAF
CHERYL J. JACOBS
Froedtert Health Imaging Technology Mgt.
*American Legion Auxiliary President – Post 382
Movement Mortgage / Branch Leader
Aircraft Mechanic (Chief) / Security Forces Marshal
*United States Air Force – Active Duty
Executive Director, Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Realty Broker Associate
Director – Ozaukee Board of Realtors