Serving Homeless and At-Risk veterans since 2008
Men  Women Families

Who we are

Founded and run by veterans, MHVI's mission is to help homeless and at-risk veterans reach and maintain their highest levels of independence. We offer unique programs​ to fill the gaps and don't duplicate what others do, and cooperate with the Veterans Administration, Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, County Veterans Service Officers, and other non-profit agencies.

Since 2008 we have helped more than 3,000 veterans and their famililes in southeastern Wisconsin to obtain benefits, housing, health care, furniture, household goods, food, clothing, transporation, toiletries and other necessities.

Every Day is Veterans Day

It was late on a Friday afternoon, Veterans Day, when a former Navy SEAL and his toddler sons faced the prospect of sleeping in their truck, with no money for gas or food. We were able to get them a motel for the weekend, a gas card and groceries from our emergency pantry.

We don’t do it by ourselves, of course. The next week, through the combined efforts of the Wisconsin Veterans Network (VetsNet), MHVI, and Center for Veterans Issues, they got temporary housing while awaiting approval of a long-term federal housing voucher. The vet was referred for a possible job placement, and childcare provided for the boys.   FULL STORY

Chef breaks Guinness World Record to benefit MHVI

Army vet cooked 48 straight hours Nov 4-6 at Slinger, WI restaurant

This Hartford native cooked 48 hours straight (without sleep!) at Sheryl's Club 175. FULL STORY HERE

In 2016 we delivered to 311 veterans, including 80 families and 45 women veterans.

Join us in our work! Donate your new and gently used household items. Pickups and deliveries are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday. For inventory efficiency, we limit pickups to items on our list. Schedule a pickup and view our needed items list

WUWM-FM features veteran's story and MHVI's helping hand

This woman and her partner, both Iraq war veterans who had been sleeping in their van, got help through the combined efforts of MHVI, VetsNet and WOVIN, the Women Veterans Initiative, which got them food, clothing, and housing. Her story is a reminder of the continuing need for our services. FULL STORY WITH AUDIO

Our programs

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  • We offer a range of services through a network of partners. We will help any man or woman in crisis who served in the military and wore the uniform

  • To address the unique needs of female vets, growing in numbers and underserved.

  • We do early morning searches to find homeless vets where they sleep and take meals

  • We move formerly homeless veterans into their new living spaces with everything they need

  • In a short-term crisis, we deliver several days of food to veterans and families.

  • We follow-up on those we have moved into housing to discover any unmet needs.