FIGHTING HUNGER AND HOMELESSNSES ON THE FRONT LINES
NOVEMBER 12, 2018: As active and retired military service members, the volunteers who prepared and dished up breakfast on Veterans Day know what it means to serve.
And we are grateful to have them join our front lines to help fight hunger and homelessness in DC.
We asked our veteran volunteers why they choose to give generously (of their time, talent, and resources) to Miriam’s Kitchen. A few of their responses are below:
- “I believe housing is a human right. A person’s sense of well-being, health, and ability to work is dependent upon safe, stable, affordable housing. And, we have asked a great deal of service men and women, with many serving multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. In exchange for that service, as a nation we should not tolerate any veteran to be homeless.” Tammy Wright, Miriam’s Kitchen Board Member, U.S. Army
- “My parents were immigrants. I did not have much growing up, and I greatly appreciate the work of Miriam’s Kitchen to help others. Also, serving is part of our military culture. The military is one big family, and once you have served, you realize you are part of something much larger than any single individual. If a member of my family is in need, I would offer help.” Hassan Tetteh, MD, Miriam’s Kitchen Board Member, U.S. Navy
- “I volunteer with and support Miriam’s Kitchen because I’m inspired by both the organization’s mission and what it has accomplished on behalf of people experiencing chronic homelessness. Knowing that the meal services Miriam’s provides eventually leads to permanent supportive housing opportunities, I’m proud to contribute to this meaningful and effective approach.” Rob Colenso, U.S. Marine Corps
- “I’ve been through the breakfast line, and it was special to be able to serve today. From personal experience, I can truly say Miriam’s Kitchen does more work than any other organization. So, I am always proud and honored to work with Miriam’s to help other veterans—and other people period—get housing.” Bill Whitner, U.S. Army, former Miriam’s Kitchen guest, housed since 2009
Thank you to all services members who have served and continue to serve—including in their communities.
Caring, dedicated community members like you have helped reduce veteran homelessness in DC by 39% since 2013 and chronic homelessness by 10%.
And we are determined to get to zero.
Will you join the fight to end veteran and chronic homelessness in our nation’s capital? Donate now.
Generous supporters like you helped provide a safe place where Bill could enjoy a delicious meal and eventually a home to call his own. Visit donate.miriamskitchen.org/morethanameal to find out how you can provide a helping hand to those in need this holiday season.