"We don’t leave our wounded behind."

2015: A Record Year

343 Homeless vets, including 46 women vets and 60 families, moved into permanent homes and furnished completely by MHVI
967 Food deliveries to veterans and their families
  • Wisconsin veterans’ lives improved by MHVI outreach, housing & referral services
2,220 Emergency care packages delivered to homeless and at-risk veterans & families
2,445 Bus tickets for vets’ medical, housing & employment appointments 
$371,774 Value of furniture, household goods & food donations collected & distributed

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable homeless and at-risk veterans need to reach and maintain their highest level of independence.

What We Do

We are the only organization in the state that provides formerly homeless veterans with the furniture, household goods, toiletries, food and other necessities when they move into housing.

Our mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans reach and maintain their highest levels of independence. We work cooperatively with the Veterans Administration, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Milwaukee County Veterans Service Officer, and other non-profit agencies.  We do not to duplicate efforts; we offer unique programs and services to fill the gaps. 

A Message from Our Board President and Executive Director

Dear donors, supporters, fellow veterans, and friends,

Every day at Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative we make it possible for veterans to reach and maintain their highest levels of independence. Our programs and services ensure that we leave no need unmet, leave no veteran behind. 2015 was a year of tremendous growth and possibility at MHVI. We had a record year of deliveries in our Home Support program, we encountered more women veterans through our WOVIN program, we reached more veterans while conducting our follow-up assessments, and we assisted more veteran families than ever before.

The possibilities of expanding our reach and providing more services to veterans and families became a reality in October of 2015 when we started moving into our own new home on Greenfield Avenue in West Allis. Through the generosity of the Larry and Amy Weiss family, this new location made it possible for us to launch The Wisconsin Veterans Network, VetsNet for short, the collaborative effort of MHVI and a dozen service provider partners offering a holistic approach to all veterans and military families seeking assistance in a time of need or crisis. With VetsNet it is possible to assist more unmet needs for any man or woman who wore the uniform. We look forward to more positive outcomes for veterans and their families in the coming years. We thank you for your support of our work and for joining us in making all of this possible.

Warm regards,

Dan Driscoll, Board President
Kirsten Sobieski, Executive Director

2015 Audited Financials

Operating Revenues

Individuals $131,392
Foundations $198,350
Businesses $32,526
Nonprofits $21,721
Community Shares   $13,974
Wis. Dept. Veterans Affairs $10,000
Donated Use of Facilities $33,028
Donated Goods and Services $371,774

Operating Expenses

Program Services $532,465
Management & Support Services $71,664
Fundraising Expenses $39,695