Homeless Veterans No Mas is an organization started by Larry who felt strongly about a veteran friend who struggled while being homeless for many years and died as of a result of exposure in Arizona. Larry Waiser carried that burden for many years, and upon discussing it with his friends Don Congar who works and is affiliated with the American Legion told Larry about the fundraisers, the events he had worked for in the past. Larry soon after came to Dodie Brown who owns an internet radio station www.dofradio.com which supports veterans with music and her radio broadcasts. She listened to Larry’s story and agreed that everyone needed to do more for our homeless Veterans. If in a small or large way we found ourselves acting on doing something. We agree not enough could ever be done for the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedoms.
This is our first event and our vision is to have many more years of coming together for the Veterans of New Mexico. Remember the United States is filled with many Veterans needing assistance. We looked for ways to add things to our vision and agreed that homeless veterans in the United States was a huge problem anyone could see. We contacted people who we felt shared the same interests and quickly realized it was such a worthy cause for us all. We all agree to support the Fisher house in Albuquerque as a starting point. Albuquerque, New Mexico has a VA Hospital that assists many veterans from all over New Mexico.
This way those who came would not have to spend monies out of expense from their pockets. This would be a great way to help them while they follow up with doctor appointments etc. Families could stay and not have the added burden. It would be the first here in NM. We talked about ways to disburse the money to areas of cities here in NM. The event was a vision we all were excited about. We have contacted different organizations, different people who could help Photographers Tony Lopez from Duke City Photography quickly agreed to be ours for the day. We have artists who have stepped up to donate their time. We have artists who have donated to help our cause. Donations include a signature guitar donated by Ernie Rowell of Nashville along with CDs donated by Shary Lee and the SunDowners, Bo Brown, AB, Gonzalo, and other organizations and individuals donating items of value to raise more money through auctions and direct purchases.
Ernie Rowell from Nashville Tennessee who was George Jones bass player and has a publishing Funhouse Studios there who quickly agreed to collect memorabilia from different artists. We have over 50 vendors signed up to bring their share to this event. We will set up a table for artists to see their cd’s etc. We will sell t-shirts for our first event and raffle off tickets to raise more money. Above all, we hope to raise awareness about the homeless veteran. Many come back home from wars challenged into settling back into society. The challenges should not have to continue at home. We are concerned as well for women veterans and have found out they have homeless women veterans here at home.
We were set to having two stages one being the main stage and the other pure acoustic. While we are filled at the main stage we need more acoustic players as they were told two stages making too much noise would not work. We are still trying to get word if the car shows would be allowed. Never the less the vision continues. We know before it is over we will have many more names to thank as they come forward.
There are three basic homeless centers in our state run by average people. We reached out to the Legion riders for help in this area. The research was done and we agreed that whatever monies, donations, gifts we would receive raise it would all go for homeless veterans first and the needs surrounding our veterans.
There аrе limitless орроrtunіtіеѕ to іmрrоvе аnd еxраnd thе ѕеrvісеѕ available tо help hоmеlеѕѕ vеtеrаnѕ, еіthеr аѕ аn іndіvіduаl оr аѕ a mеmbеr оf a grоuр or оrgаnіzаtіоn. Thе mоѕt effective assistance is рrоvіdеd by community-based organizations that wоrk within lосаl networks offering a rаngе оf ѕеrvісеѕ frоm housing tо continuing саѕе management and соunѕеlіng as thе vеtеrаn рrосееdѕ thrоugh a detailed plan lеаdіng tо self-sufficiency.
Hоmеlеѕѕ Vеtеrаnѕ Nо Mаѕ іѕ committed tо ending hоmеlеѕѕnеѕѕ аmоng Vеtеrаnѕ. Our аіm іѕ tо:
Conduct сооrdіnаtеd оutrеасh to proactively ѕееk оut Vеtеrаnѕ in nееd оf аѕѕіѕtаnсе.
Cоnnесtіng hоmеlеѕѕ and аt-rіѕk Veterans wіth hоuѕіng solutions, hеаlth саrе, соmmunіtу еmрlоуmеnt services and оthеr required ѕuрроrtѕ.
Cоllаbоrаtе wіth fеdеrаl, state and local agencies; еmрlоуеrѕ; housing рrоvіdеrѕ, fаіth-bаѕеd and community nоnрrоfіtѕ; and others tо expand еmрlоуmеnt and аffоrdаblе housing орtіоnѕ fоr Vеtеrаnѕ exiting hоmеlеѕѕnеѕѕ.
The рrоgrаmѕ оffеrеd bу the Homeless Veterans No Mаѕ are aimed аt rеасhіng оut tо vеtеrаnѕ whо lіvе іn thе ѕtrееtѕ as well as ѕhеltеrѕ, who may nоt tаkе a ѕtер tо seek help. It also оffеrѕ clinical сhесkuрѕ аѕ wеll аѕ rеfеrrаl mеdісаl ѕеrvісеѕ fоr both рhуѕісаl and рѕусhіаtrіс рrоblеmѕ which include drug аbuѕе.
We ask for volunteers which I was told the National Guard would lend a hand. Veterans recognize the need to help each other out. In this event, no one wants recognition for one’s self. We are a united team, working together to be successful in the venture. We know there will be less than perfect since first times are always as such. We are bound and determined to make this work, make it happen and continue with the vision that no veteran should ever live on the streets let alone die on the streets. We hold hands and believe in the greatest cause of all. If not for those who answered the call to duty, to serve our nation we would have nothing to focus our attention on. We focus on the problems that are at hand.