New leadership, new programs -- and more to come


There has been a flurry of activity – new leadership, new programs, a new website, a new location soon – since Jan. 23, when we celebrated at a wonderful reception and fundraiser at the Miller Inn with a full house, a lot of enthusiasm, and a broadly-based crowd of supporters.

We are no longer operating in St. John’s Lutheran Church, which has taken over operation of the food pantry and community breakfast program there.  Dennis Johnson, our former executive director, has resigned to run those programs for the church.

That has allowed us to expand on the two unique programs we run for veterans, and to add a third.   Our home support program, to furnish apartments for vets moving into their first living spaces, is running at a record pace, making pickups and deliveries daily.   Our outreach program, to search out homeless veterans, now visits shelters, meal sites and places where the homeless gather, as well as continuing the early-morning runs to find them where they sleep.  And we are launching a new emergency food pantry to help vets in crisis who need short-term help.        

And there’s new leadership.  Tracey Sperko, a 10-year Navy vet and longtime veterans advocate, has moved from board president to executive director.  Kirsten Sobieski, an Army veteran who is a victim advocate in the district attorney's office, has succeeded Tracey as president.  Bill Christofferson, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, our past president, is the development chair.  So we have three branches covered.

Two things haven’t changed.  Our mission:  To help homeless and at risk veterans reach and maintain their highest levels of independence.  And our commitment:  We don’t leave our wounded behind.        

Thanks for all you do, and for your help and support of our work to help veterans in need.


Veterans Day events help homeless vets

Veterans Day weekend is jam-packed with opportunities to help the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative and the homeless and at-risk veterans we serve. It starts on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a Comedy Show. On Sunday, Nov. 10, we will sponsor a Turkey Dinner, open to the public, with veterans in need as our guests. And on Monday, Nov. 11, Beyond Glory, a stirring tribute to Medal of Honor recipients at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts will share the proceeds with MHVI. See the details on our Event Page and join us for one or all of them if you can.

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