Veterans Christian Network was founded in 2018 by a homeless couple and because they had seen a lot of homeless veterans in Illinois, and because they have a friend that was a homeless veteran, of which they had helped, they decided to start helping veterans in Illinois. One of the founders had a long time friend from elementary school that had enlisted in the military, when he came home he realized quickly the struggle of adjusting to civilian life. He reached out the one of the founders for help, he was homeless and had substance abuse issues. They were able to help find him a place to live, pay his rent and utilities, and find counseling for him so that he could get back on his feet. Thanks to their help, he is now a successful business owner who is able to provide for himself and his family.
My husband and I decide since we where able to help his friend which is a veteran, how many more veterans could we help? So we decided to use my husbands back pay from his disability to start Veterans Christian Network to help as many other veterans as we could help. Currently we are not getting any pay from this organization that I have started with his back pay, we live off of his monthly disability check only.
Through their firsthand experience, the founders of Veterans Christian Network learned many of the challenges and obstacles many veterans face when they leave their service. Their mission is clear, they want to help prevent veterans that are adjusting to their new life from becoming another statistic. There are too many veterans that are homeless, unemployed, addicted, or just struggling. Veterans Christian Network is here to help the local veterans and their families in Illinois to not just get on their feet, but thrive.
We are currently meeting with other organizations seeking their guidance to provide our veterans and their families the best possible care and services. Our organization is new and we are seeking mentors from other local organizations to show us the best possible way to provide support for our veterans and their families.
As we said we want to make sure that we have their endorsement of which we are aware that we must earn that endorsement from all of them. Our goal is to make sure that we provide the very best of what we are able to do, and provide other programs that are not available in the other centers for our veterans and their families. Also we are wishing to work together with the other organizations to provide the remaining funding or service they are short on. It takes a team to provide everything to our veterans and their families, and we need to all work together.
We wish to make sure that the other organizations are overseeing our organization and we are willing to be a open book for all of them and allow them to review all that we do. Our Veterans and their families are very important people that deserve the very best that this world has to offer, and we want to make sure they receive the treatment they have more than earned, by serving our country!