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The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (nchv.org) provides a voice and service to the large numbers of homeless veterans. At the 2016 annual conference held in Washington DC May 31st-June 2nd, 2016, two of Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Veterans Services team members were singled out for the NCHV’s Meritorious Service Award for their contributions over the years to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and to our nation’s military heroes. Goodwill Grants Manager Bill Darnell and Community Liaison John Briggs were completely surprised by the unexpected honor.
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans was founded in 1990; now in its 26th year, provides a wide range of services to agencies and organizations, such as Goodwill, throughout the nation by advocating for funding and providing technical assistance. NCHV links agencies, such as Goodwill, to the various federal funding departments, including the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, HUD, and others. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs for veterans, such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), the veterans dormitory, and programs such as Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) all have been helped by NCHV. Ohio Valley Goodwill has been a member of the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans for a number of years.
Both Darnell and Briggs have been involved with serving the homeless and especially, homeless veterans, for over twenty years. John has represented Goodwill in our community in addition to his work in the various federal grants directed to ending homelessness. He has presented at a number of National Coalition for Homeless Veteran’s annual conferences. Both John and Bill have assisted the NCHV in their annual conferences by addressing best practices, hosting seminars, and by covering presentations that needed more assistance.
Ohio Valley Goodwill salutes Grants Manager Bill Darnell and Liaison John Briggs (both military veterans themselves) on being recognized with the 2016 Meritorious Service Award from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services for veterans, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.