June 22, 2012
GI Go Fund Completes Midnight Mission for Homeless Veterans outside Newark’s Penn Station
Event was first leg of series of Midnight Missions that will reach Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC
NEWARK, NJThe GI Go Fund conducted a “Midnight Mission” for Homeless Veterans outside of Newark’s Penn Station, where volunteers provided homeless vets with food, clothing, healthcare, and assistance aimed at getting them off the streets.
During the event, volunteers went out to the train station from 4am-6am and handed out over 50 bags of food and clothes, with items provided by Operation Gratitude. In addition, volunteers collected information to link them with critical benefits and housing opportunities, with the Department of Veterans Affairs on hand to enroll vets and connect them to VA services. The Newark Mobile Health Truck was also present to assist those in need of emergency medical assistance.
The Midnight Mission is an important tool in the work the GI Go Fund does to assist the homeless veteran population. The organization’s efforts assisting homeless veterans have received national attention, as their work was recently featured in the Season Premiere of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire”.
The event Newark was the first leg of a series of Midnight Missions to be held by the GI Go Fund, as the organization will reach out to homeless veterans in Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC in the coming weeks.
According to the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are over 67,000 veterans who struggle with homelessness on any given night, and nearly one-quarter of the entire homeless population served in the military.
Midnight Missions are used to reach out to the homeless to discover who is a veteran and who can be connected to veteran housing opportunities and other VA benefits. Only through this important tool can we achieve the goal set out by President Obama and the VA of ending homelessness among veterans in five years.