The Fairmont chapter of Disabled American Veterans has supported MACV with funding awards since 2014, resulting in $17,000 donated to our services. Their latest award of $2,000 helps MACV responsively serve Veterans who often require unique engagement and trust-building strategies, making our work as effective as possible. Thanks again, Fairmont DAV!

We are proud to announce that MACV has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to further our mission of ending Veteran homelessness in Minnesota. BWF leverages its expertise and collaborative network to find, fund and shape innovative programs that help our impacted Veterans, service members and their families thrive.
Receiving a grant from BWF is an honor that recognizes the dedication, focus and effectiveness of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Thank you for your help, BWF!

Longtime supporter Ecolab has awarded MACV with grants from their Foundation for several consecutive years, with their most recent gift arriving in April. The company also sent four helpful volunteers to assist with staining a fence and cleaning up one of MACV’s transitional homes in time for summertime living on May 6! The employees got to model MACV’s brand-new volunteer t-shirts and get some time outside on a beautiful day, all while helping us improve the quality of life for Veterans working toward housing stability. Thanks again, guys!

 

Shauna Bednar served in the U.S. Air Force as a Flight Engineer on C130s from 2010-2016. During her time she did two tours overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Freedom Sentinel and Operation Inherent Resolve.
Shauna currently works for U.S. Bank as a Trust Officer in the Private Wealth Management division. She also is the Vice President of the Twin Cities chapter of “Proud to Serve” Employee Business Resource Group supporting Service Members, Veterans and their families who are employees or customers of U.S. Bank.
Shauna currently resides in Eagan with her husband and daughter.

Charles Dolson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps out of high school, serving in the presidential helicopter squadron commonly known as Marine 1. Before Dolson turned 19, he had a Top-Secret, Yankee White Security Clearance and carried a loaded firearm within arm’s reach of the President. Before he was 20, he was in charge of security teams guarding assets deemed vital to national security.
Dolson currently works as a Staff Attorney with Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. He resides in Bemidji with his wife and daughters. Dolson is a registered member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, and takes pride in growing up on the reservation.

 

U.S. Navy Veteran Megan’s life had not been easy for some time. While Megan lived in Mississippi, she could no longer stay with her family due to overcrowding and so they paid for her to live in a hotel. Things started looking up after Megan’s mom referred her a job for the post office in Minnesota. Megan applied, got the job, and started on March 22nd, 2021.

 

When Megan came to Minnesota from Mississippi to work at the post office in March, she did not have a place to live. But as a single Veteran with no dependents, she decided to live out of her car until she could afford long-term housing. However, this decision had its own impacts. After being late for a couple trainings, Megan was let go from the post office. Without a source of income, she started earning cash by driving a friend to and from work.

 

Fast forward to April. After MACV Case Manager Amanda Hooper (pictured on the right) secured an initial intake from Megan, MACV encountered difficulty verifying her Veteran status in any system. She turned to Lina at the St. Paul Vet Center, who found Megan’s verification and other information. Lina then brought the Veteran to the MACV office and Amanda helped Megan complete an on-the-spot intake for our hotel program. MACV Case Manager Shelbe Robertson had already completed Megan’s background, so as soon as Megan filled out the paperwork, our team squared away her reservation with one of our hotel partners as a stopgap while figuring out the next steps.

 

Hooper connected Megan with a couple Veteran assistance programs during her intake and realized that she would be a perfect candidate for the women’s transitional home managed by MACV. So she called MACV Metro Housing Team Leader Dave Nguyen, who immediately added Megan to the queue.

 

After completing paperwork for the assistance programs for which she was eligible, Megan secured insurance, financial assistance, and moved into transitional housing within one week. The remarkable collaboration between MACV providers and our partners at the Vet Center has resulted in stable housing for a Veteran who thought she would lose everything just a few weeks ago. Today, Megan is looking for jobs, getting medical appointments set up, and has a safe and stable place to stay.

 

“I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the moving parts because this was a case that moved so smooth,” relates Ms. Hooper. Teamwork like what came together to support Megan exemplifies MACV’s approach to ending Veteran homelessness. Our team is committed to empowering Megan in her journey to a stable, happy life in Minnesota, and we are honored to walk alongside her.

This past Wednesday, volunteers helped build a wheelchair ramp in front of a Veteran’s home. Rebuilding Together Twin Cities built the ramp with support from Republic Services.
“If we were to contract this project out, it’d be about $15,000. By having Republic sponsor and build the ramp, we’re letting (Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans) take that $15,000 and use it toward another program,” explains Tony Sjogren, the program director for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities.
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MACV recently benefitted from a 5k in Mankato named Running for Heroes. Erik Jensen, who worked with local staff to make the run possible, has been a part of Running for Rescue events in years prior.
The event had over 120 people sign up to run, and people of all ages came out to participate. The organizers were excited to see everyone coming together to support Veterans in need.
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Chaska’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon chapter is teaming up with MACV to host a golf tournament and silent auction on September 2, 2021, with proceeds benefitting the expansion of housing options for Veterans at-risk or experiencing homelessness in Carver County. Hosted at Deer Run Golf Club, we cannot wait to enjoy the beautiful September weather with our longtime supporters and hit the course! For more details, please watch the short video created to spread the word about this event.

If you’re attending Kickoff to Summer at the Fair, we ask you to please consider bringing a donation for unsheltered Veterans and young people who are accessing services to achieve supportive and sustainable housing. Find the donation list here!

Calling all veteran, active duty, guard, reserve, and military spouse entrepreneurs in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota! The PenFed Foundation’s Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP) is launching the Ignition Challenge, presented by MidCountry Bank on Tuesday, May 4.

 

The Ignition Challenge is a competition in which military entrepreneurs can identify their business impact and goals, compete for votes, and winners will receive both funding and mentorship. The top, most developed new companies and business ideas will be selected to compete for grants of $15,000 and business coaching from VEIP.

 

Applications are open from May 4 – May 19. Please see VEIP’s website for more information and to apply today!