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MVHO Taught Me to Live Again – Veronica’s Story

I was living place to place and then with a girlfriend until she passed away.  Drugs were my friends.  Until then, I wasn’t ready or willing to change. It was 2008, and I was staying at the shelter on Apple St. It was then that I got to know Tammy* from MVHO. Tammy said I could move to MVHO housing on the VA campus into a unit for two females. I said I couldn’t because my boyfriend didn’t want me to move into housing where he couldn’t live with me. Tammy said he is not your friend if he stands between you and housing. I needed that harsh, brutal honesty. Before this, I had no one to talk to, never had a place to myself.  Tammy and MVHO gave me a chance.  After I heard Tammy, I had hope.  I prayed to the Lord that if He helped me stay clean from drugs for three days I would make it.  And I have.  It was a process. I have stayed clean from drugs since October 7, 2008. But, MVHO made it simple because I got so much support. My two daughters were there for the lease signing. That was important to me.

After I moved into housing, I started watching my grandson when he was six months old while my daughter worked.  He was my helper. I got to love on him, and he kept me balanced. My second and third grandsons became a part of my life, and they kept me grounded.  In 2017, due to family circumstances, I had legal custody of three grandsons.  MVHO was there for me again, and they moved me into a house.  All of us have beds, a roof over our heads, and food. It was simply the act of God.

I love MVHO. I came back to life because they touched my soul. I have been with MVHO for such a long time. Tammy helped me. Now, Charles (MVHO Tenant Services Specialist) helps me. MVHO is renovating my home, and my grandsons are doing well.  MVHO taught me to live again!

*Sadly, Tammy Ackerman passed away in 2019.

Veronica with MVHO Tenant Services Specialist Charles

National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Awarded for The Opportunity Center

MVHO receives funding for The Opportunity Center from the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant Program! Check out the WDTN interview with CEO Debbie Watts Robinson. https://www.wdtn.com/…/500k-in-grants-awarded-to-2…/
The grants help preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality. https://www.nps.gov/…/07-27-21-nps-awards-15-million-to…

MVHO Tenant Shout Out and Staff Spotlight

A big thank you to MVHO tenant Harlan and staff member Brad for all their hard work! MVHO provides personal hygiene and household cleaning kits to tenants thanks to the generosity of donors to the 30th Anniversary Campaign. Harlan (l) and Brad (r) are quick to help with this massive project by moving boxes, organizing supplies, and building shelves. Thanks, guys!

Cones For A Cause Charitable Fund Supports MVHO Tenants

Not only does Old Scratch Pizza have delicious food, but their Cones For A Cause Charitable Fund does great things for our community! MVHO had so much fun putting together kits that contain personal care items and household cleaning supplies for our tenants. Thank you CFAC for supporting the MVHO 30th Anniversary Campaign!

MVHO Community Partnership with Good Neighbor House Bears Good Fruit

MVHO is grateful for our community partnership with Good Neighbor House and the assistance they provide for MVHO tenants and homeless clients. Today they shared disposable gowns, cloth face masks, and care kits that include socks that are perfect for PROJECT CLEAN.  Thank you Good Neighbor House!

MVHO Restoration Housing

The MVHO Restoration Housing project is more than a year in the making! Over fifty units were identified for renovation, and the massive project of moving the residents to temporary housing started in 2020. John from Greater Dayton Construction Group handed over keys for one of the renovated units to MVHO Maintenance Director, Willie. Residents are returning to updated homes with new finishes. “We want our tenants to be proud of the place they call home,” said Willie. MVHO is celebrating 30 Years of providing permanent supportive housing for vulnerable citizens!

 

 

CEO Debbie Watts Robinson and the Commitment to Provide Good Safe Housing

“MVHO is committed to providing good safe housing for vulnerable citizens in Montgomery County,” said CEO Debbie Watts Robinson. “This year MVHO will assist 1,200 individuals with disabilities to have a place called home.” MVHO is grateful to everyone for their support as we celebrate 30 years of providing permanent supportive housing solutions and homeless outreach services in our community!

MVHO Employee Spotlight!

MVHO Employee Spotlight! Every employee knows how important it is to have someone great in Human Resources. MVHO is lucky to have Tina as that special person! With a smile on her face, Tina is always ready to listen and help where needed. Our hats off to Tina, who has made MVHO her for home for 10 years!

PROJECT CLEAN Hope in Motion is Up and Running!

PROJECT CLEAN Hope in Motion mobile unit is now assisting 16 or more individuals each week with showers and laundry services.

“Our clients are thrilled with the hot showers!” said MVHO PATH worker Angel.

Thank you to all of the MVHO Homeless Outreach team. You are making a difference!