Morganton & Mooresville, NC – Veterans Day this past Monday is a perfect time to honor and give back the staggering number of veterans and veteran families who struggle with a place to stay and food to eat daily.
10% of people experiencing homelessness are veterans or veteran families. 40,000 veterans are homeless, and 25% of veterans and veteran families don’t have enough to eat.
Veterans experience a distinct set of challenges during service and coming home. Many veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and sexual trauma. These can lead to higher risks of homelessness. Other mental health issues, poverty, lack of support from family and friends, and substance use, along with an extreme shortage of affordable housing, a livable income, and access to health care also increase a veteran’ risk of homelessness and hunger.
Learn more about how to help and where veterans can find resources at https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/nchav/index.asp.
Basic Fair Housing Training—Providers, landlords, and the public are invited to this overview of Fair Housing Laws for providers and housing providers, Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 10am-3:30 pm, at NC Works Career Center, 532 Patterson Ave., Mooresville, NC. Please register online.
5K Rivalry Run to Fight Hunger—Burke United Christian Ministries is inviting everyone to Freedom High School, 511 Independence Blvd., Morganton, NC, on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 9am. Support the fight against hunger, or participate in the Run/Walk or Fun Run. To register, or for more information, visit http://www.bucm.net/.