11-10-2016 · Mission United
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
—John F. Kennedy
On behalf of our partners, donors, advocates and volunteers, United Way of Greater Atlanta would like to thank those that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Today we celebrate you for your patriotism, passion for our country and selflessness in serving for the common good. But words are not enough.
Mission United: Ending veteran homelessness in Greater Atlanta
Did you know there are more than 2,000 homeless veterans in the Greater Atlanta area? Many are living on the streets or in shelters, lacking the foothold to find their place in society. And while 80 percent of these veterans qualify for supportive services, only 32 percent gain access to services without the assistance of a support organization. Veterans have our backs. When they return home, we should have theirs. That’s why United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness started Vets Connect.
Through Mission United, we combine peer outreach, intensive case management, supportive housing, job training and connections to employment to help homeless vets get back on their feet.
Last year, Mission United:
Housed more than 650 veterans
Connected 132 veterans with full-time employment
Reduced the number of homeless veterans in Greater Atlanta by 41.7%