Catholic Charities Veteran Services helps veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness find stable housing and provides ongoing case management that includes financial planning, assistance applying for VA benefits, emergency assistance and more.

Friday, 09 June 2023

Army Veteran Finds a New Beginning at MANA House

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Veterans struggle with one of the highest rates of homelessness of any population. Lack of a support system, disabilities resulting from active duty, and difficulty finding employment are just some of the factors that make veterans vulnerable to homelessness. Although resources exist, many veterans are not aware of the assistance that is available to them.

MANA House Cares for Veterans

When Ronaldo first got connected to MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Airforce) House, he was struggling to make ends meet. MANA House helps veterans experiencing homelessness get back on their feet by providing transitional housing and case management, as well as assistance with finding permanent housing, accessing VA benefits, and more.

Ronaldo served in the Army for four years as both an infantryman and a supply clerk. He looks back on his time spent in the Army with a humble and gracious attitude.

“I enjoyed every moment as a soldier. We had some sad times, but we had a lot of good times, and I miss it. I think back and [remember] the faces that I met and the people that I loved, and it’s amazing,” said Ronaldo.

Connecting Veterans to Life-Changing Resources

Ronaldo says that being at MANA House exposed him to new resources that he never realized were available. He now had access to services like dental and medical care that allowed him to stay healthy and continue making progress in his life.

Being around other veterans gave him a support system that held him accountable for achieving his goals. “We confide in each other. We talk about our goals and how we can achieve our goals by being here at MANA House,” he said.

Currently, Ronaldo is in the process of looking for permanent housing and is extremely motivated to find stable employment. He’s also discovered that he’s passionate about advocating for other veterans who have struggled the way he has.

A Passion for Giving Back

When he leaves MANA House, Ronaldo hopes to come back and volunteer his time helping other veterans. He wants to give back to others what MANA House gave him—a fresh start.

“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Catholic Charities and MANA House for everything they’ve done for me, and I’ll never forget it,” said Ronaldo.

You can change veterans’ lives just by donating your time. Volunteering at MANA House is a rewarding way to give back to those who have served our country.

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Bethany Durham

Bethany Durham has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a passion for storytelling. Her writing for Catholic Charities has included blogs, newspaper and magazine articles. She enjoys telling client stories in a way that captures the humanity and emotions of those she writes about. When she’s not working, Bethany loves to spend time with her two cats, hike and sing karaoke.


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