By Miguel Garibay - Vice President of Administration & Operations
We want to thank you for your support. The work that we do at Center Point is unique, serious and special. We touch people’s lives and you are part of this effort. Whether they may be a veteran returning from deployment, a homeless woman veteran with children, a veteran who needs employment, or a veteran with a mental health issue, Center Point's services facilitate the process of reintegration by helping individuals reclaim self-worth and dignity. Equipped with new skills for living and working, and assistance with employment and housing, Center Point program participants return to their communities ready to assume responsibility for themselves and others.
Center Point’s Global Giving project is focused on our Texas Veterans Program, and it is amazing to see the work that our staff is doing in helping our heroes. You should feel proud because your donations are essential in helping our participants succeed.
Our program helps underserved veterans in the surrounding area of Travis, Bell, Williamson, and Bastrop counties. Most of the veterans live below the federal poverty line, are unemployed, and homeless.
Often the veterans we serve do not have clothing for job interviews or clothing for day-to-day living. In one of our most recent activities, we distributed 50 Walmart Gift Cards to assist with this critical issue, as well as providing vouchers to purchase food.
We also assist up to 5 veteran families weekly and single adults with rent deposits, and emergency rental assistance. This helps us prevent evictions that would otherwise put our heroes on the streets.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 40,056 homeless veterans living in the U.S. on a single given night in January 2017, which was a little more than nine percent of all homeless adults. The study shows that three out of five homeless military veterans were housed in emergency shelters or transitional housing facilities, while two out of five were living in places "not suitable for human habitation."
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development notes that nine out of ten (36,302) U.S. military veterans in 2017 were men. Nearly 57% of homeless military veterans were white, one-third were African American and five percent were multiracial in 2017.
There is no place for our Heroes or their families on the streets using cardboard for bedding, taking shelter under scaffolding, now wearing rags in place of the uniform they once wore with pride. As a nation and individuals, we have a responsibility to protect those who once protected us. Your donations combined with our work are making the difference preventing our veterans and their families from spiraling into the abyss. Thank you for being part of this joint effort!
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