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Free 'store' for homeless military veterans on Nov. 7 at Joliet post

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans will host its second Freedom Commissary Outreach Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the American Legion Post 1080, located at 2625 Ingalls Ave. in Joliet.
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans will host its second Freedom Commissary Outreach Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the American Legion Post 1080, located at 2625 Ingalls Ave. in Joliet.

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans will host its second Freedom Commissary Outreach Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the American Legion Post 1080, located at 2625 Ingalls Ave. in Joliet.

The Freedom Commissary is a free store for any military veteran that is either homeless or in crisis.

Members of the MSHV team will be available to help the veterans with other issues, such as housing. The team will also be collecting donations for the commissary. 

The general public is also welcome to attend to learn more about MSHV and its services.

Post 1080 will host its their Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast that same day until 11 a.m. The breakfast is free for veterans and $5 for the general public.

The MSHV will also be accepting donations and items from its wish list at the event. The wish list is posted on Amazon.

To view the list, visit amzn.to/3nWAEmH.

According to its website, the The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans is a non-profit agency that was founded in 2007 by Vietnam War veteran Bob Adams and Gulf War veteran Dirk Enger.

The MSHV provides housing, supportive services and community outreach to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency, the website also said.

The Wheaton-based organization serves more than 357 unique veteran households annually across a 13-county service area.

According to MSVH, highlights from 2019 include:

• 708 visits servicing 357 veterans and family members with essential items in seven counties

• 227 households received compassionate care, with 39 veteran families being prevented from becoming homeless

• 93 veterans were connected to 414 employment opportunities through the many services the Freedom Commissary and MSHV provide.

Veterans in need beyond the event should contact John Dixon or Josh Taylor at 630-871-8387 ext. 617 or via email at john@mshv.org or jtaylor@mshv.org to set up an appointment for additional resources.

In addition, veterans should call to see if they should bring any specific documentation to the event to confirm eligability.

For more information, including MSHV's success stories, visit helpaveteran.org.

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