This week I’m posting a couple of days early in honor of Veteran’s Day. The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) has long served men experiencing homelessness who are also Veterans. In fact, just over 10% of all the men we serve are Veterans. That’s about 200 Veterans each year who seek our assistance! We’re proud to partner with the Veteran’s Administration to provide emergency shelter that leads to housing for the men who have served our country. On staff we’ve got a Veteran’s Specialist social worker, Adia Robinson, whose job is to help end homelessness for the Vets MSC serves. Each year we try to do something special for our men on Veteran’s Day. This year they’ll be having a special breakfast at our place.
I’ve often said it’s shameful that in a country as wealthy as the United States that anyone could experience homelessness. I’m especially disheartened that our society will allow men and women who have served our country to have no place to call home. When I came to MSC in 2008 I vowed that as long as there are Veterans experiencing homelessness, our entire staff will be at work on Veteran’s Day. At MSC, the Veteran’s Day holiday is a moment to thank all who have served to protect our liberties and freedom; it is also a time to work hard to end homelessness in our community – our Veterans want and deserve nothing less!
On behalf of the men and women who work and volunteer at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, our deepest appreciation to all who are Veterans – we will continue working 24/7/365 until everyone experiencing homelessness has a place to call home.