The Michigan Veterans Foundation is a non-profit agency. Our main project is the Detroit
Veterans Center - a well planned and well - supported community effort. The Foundation has been asked to expand it's
services to several other cities in Michigan , and currently has plans to open other facilities strategically located throughout
the State of Michigan.
The Detroit Veterans Center is a transitional housing facility and resource center.
The DVC provides the skills and confidence needed for homeless veterans to break the cycle of homelessness and return to independent
living. This includes the specific goals of residential stability, increased skill level, increased income and greater
self-determination to ogtain and maintain self-sufficiency.
The Detroit Veterans center began operating in 1989. The DVC is a veteran-initiated project
that is operated by veterans. Homeless veterans are a unique goup within the homeless population When a veteran returns
to civilian life after their service in the military (especially those serving in war-time), they often return home to fragmented
families, and difficulties with the reintegration process multiply. The unique nature of the DVC with its back to basics,
military approach i.e., barracks-style quarters, squad leaders, moving up through the ranks etc. addresses the special needs
of homeless veterans. The program rebuilds the sense of belonging and pride that the veteran had during his service years.