Dear Volunteers,

I hope you’re having a great summer so far. It has been a busy one for all of us, between helping veterans, providing outreach, meeting with community partners, and conducting trainings. Thank you to volunteers Mark Lindke, Paul Jingozian, and Richie Roberts for marching with us in the Ann Arbor Independence Day Parade. It was not only a lot of fun being the Grand Marshal, but also to watch people chatting about our program as we passed by with our signage and flair!
 
I’d also like to take a moment to celebrate another milestone. We now have over 150 active Volunteer Veterans with Buddy-to-Buddy, which is a record for the program! As you all know from the calls you receive from the office and from the veterans you meet in the community, this is not only a milestone worth celebrating, but it is also vitally important to serve veterans in need. We are as busy as ever with veterans coming to us to you for peer support and connection to resources. Thank you for providing so many solid referrals for veterans to become volunteers, and for being ambassadors in your communities.  
Richie Roberts, Mark Lindke, Bill Bryan, Paul Jingozian, and Jamie Majer at the Ann Arbor Independence Day Parade
Our electronic communication, like this newsletter, is a great way for us to stay in touch, but I’d like to challenge you to dial in for at least two support calls each month moving forward. We introduce new resources every week, share program updates, discuss challenging cases, and even have a bit of fun. It is a challenge to keep in touch across the miles so please dial in a couple times per month – we will be sending emails in the coming weeks for those we haven’t heard from in a while to remind you to meet these program requirements.
 
Enjoy the rest of your summer and thank you for everything you do. 
 
Bill Bryan
Program Manager
Stories from the Field: Fred Honerkamp Helps a Veteran Get a Recumbent Bike
Thanks to Buddy-to-Buddy volunteer Fred Honerkamp, a disabled veteran can now exercise easily and spend more time with his young daughter.

To read the story of how Fred utilized multiple resources to help a veteran get a recumbent bike,  click here .
Fantastic job, Fred!
New Volunteers
We are thrilled to welcome these new volunteers to our team this month!
Madia Green
Navy Veteran, Ortonville
Herman Kellahan
Army Veteran, Livonia
Barbara Luna
Army Veteran, Detroit
John Price
Marine Corps Veteran, Battle Creek
Bob Roberts
Navy Veteran, Wixom
Month in Review | June 2019
Number of service members and veterans assisted: 49

Concerns identified:
This past month, financial and mental health concerns were the top two issues our volunteers were handling.

Top interaction log submitters:
Paul Jingozian - 43
Steve Alguire - 12
Richie Roberts - 9
Ken Wood - 5
Kevin Meyer - 5

Number of drill/outreach events attended:  47

Most drill/outreach events attended and logged:
Cliff Tholen - 9
Carl Underhill - 4
Barbara Brennan - 3
Des Nelson - 3

Thank you for taking the time to submit your logs and using the website to communicate with us. These submissions are key in helping us continue to serve Michigan’s veterans.
This Month's Training Anniversaries
The following volunteers are celebrating their training anniversaries with the program this month: 

Seven Years!
Roland Lindh
Jon Luker

Six Years
Rebecca Mott
Alfonse VanHese

Five Years
Chris Baeumler
David Hagen
Ron Kazmierczak

Four Years
Larry Hebert

Three Years
Gabe Gallias
David Rojas
Ken Wood
Jim Wurn

Thank you for your service!
Volunteer Retraining Webinar on Monday, August 5
Are you three or more years out from your initial new volunteer training? Do you simply want a refresher but can’t make the trip to Ann Arbor? On Monday, August 5 at 5 p.m., in lieu of the weekly support call, we are hosting a Volunteer Retraining Webinar. Simply click this link on that day and view it in your browser.
Interested in Representing Buddy-to-Buddy at an Event?
Below are some upcoming events where we need volunteer coverage:

July
  • Thu., Jul 18: Veteran Job Fair, Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek
  • Fri., Jul 19-Jul 21: Salute to the Military & First Responders in Trenton
  • Fri., Jul 26: Vet Source in Adrian 
  • Sat., Jul 27: Got Your Six (free event for service members and their families), Southfield
August
  • Sat., Aug 3-Sun., Aug 4: Thunder Over Michigan Air Show in Belleville (Willow Run Airport)
  • Thu., Aug 8: (Ford) Michigan Assembly Plant Health & Wellness Fair in Wayne
  • Sat., Aug 10: VCAT 9 Vet Fest in Howell
  • Sat., Aug 10: Annual Veterans BBQ/Picnic in Oxford 
  • Sat., Aug 10: 5th Annual Health Fair in Mt. Clemens
  • Sat. Aug 10: VCAT 8 Veteran and Family Expo in Kalamazoo
  • Mon. Aug. 12-Sun., Aug. 18: UP State Fair in Escanaba
  • Fri., Aug 16: Herofest in Lansing
  • Sat., Aug 24: Northwest Michigan Veterans/Military Expo in Cadillac  

September
  • Fri., Sept 6: Homeless Stand Down in Bad Axe
  • Wed., Sept 11: UAW-Ford Michigan Assembly Plant Education/Health Fair in Wayne 

October
  • Fri., Oct 4: St. Joseph County Veterans Stand Down in Centreville 

November
  • Tues., Nov 5: Hiring Event for Veterans & Their Families in Ann Arbor 

If you would like to represent Buddy-to-Buddy at any of the events above or some other veteran-focused event in your community, contact Amy Kienast at amkienas@umich.edu or (734) 998-5829.

Free Professional Development Seminars
Here are some upcoming professional development event opportunities that volunteers can attend:

  • Thu., Jul 18: Seminar: Veterans Services Day in Chesterfield Township (contact Amy if interested in attending so she can register you as a guest)
  • Thu., Jul 18: Mental Health First Aid Workshop (Amy's waiting for details, but this event is tentatively scheduled for Jackson)
  • Fri., Sep 13: 2019 Battle Creek VA Healthcare Delivery System Veteran Mental Health Summit. The event is free, but you must register in advance here.

If you're interested in attending them, contact Amy Kienast at amkienas@umich.edu .
Buddy's Pizza Donating $1 For Every Pizza Sold During Opening Week of New Plymouth Location
Buddy's Pizza has chosen our program as its charitable partner for the opening of its newest location in Plymouth. The grand opening of this new store, located at 15075 Beck Rd
Plymouth, MI 48170, will take place on Tuesday, July 16. Buddy's Pizza will donate $1 for every pizza sold the first week to Buddy-to-Buddy.   

If you live in the Plymouth area, head to Buddy's Pizza to show your support during opening week! We thank Buddy's for once again choosing Buddy-to-Buddy as the charitable beneficiary for another grand opening. (We partnered with them in October 2017 when they opened their Ann Arbor location.)         
B2B staff holding Buddy's Pizza boxes
Check Out the Team Leader Picture Roster
Need help with a situation? Interested in learning more about local veteran resources? Remember, your Team Leaders are experts and there to support you! And y ou can now put a face to the name of your regional Team Leader by checking out our new Team Leader Picture Roster . In addition to their names and faces, this document lists each Team Leader's phone number and email address. Click here to view and download it.                  
Hidden Gems in Michigan for Veterans
The summertime temperatures are inviting us to spend more time outdoors. But not everyone has property up north or a log cabin they can head to for relaxation. That yearning to be outdoors and wanting to enjoy family time can also be restricted by financial limitations or disabilities.  

Many do not know that Michigan is home to several family retreat locations that are free of charge for veterans. Each one of the locations varies in what they offer and what activities are included, but they all allow veterans a chance to relax and rejuvenate. 
Wilwin Lodge in Custer, MI
The retreats cater to veterans who would benefit from relaxation, recuperation, and recreation as part of emotional and physical therapy. The locations also offer modifications for disabled veterans such as track chairs and wheelchair accessible facilities.

Let’s get the word out about these hidden gems. Please share the following facilities with veterans you are working with, or take a few days and enjoy them yourself! 

  • Brave Hearts Estate, a 238 acre ranch in Pellston. Learn more here
  • Camp Liberty, a 137 acre retreat in Norvell Township (Brooklyn). Learn more here
  • Wilwin Lodge, 1183 acre retreat in Custer. Learn more here.

Know of other recreational retreats for veterans in Michigan? Let us know so we can share the information with other volunteers! 
More Volunteers Needed
Do you know any veterans who would be great B2B volunteers? We need a few more volunteers in the following areas:

Counties
  • Jackson
  • Lenawee
  • Monroe
  • Washtenaw
  • Wayne

Cities
  • Adrian
  • Clare
  • Detroit
  • Flint
  • Southfield
If you run across someone who would be a great volunteer, please contact Amy at (734) 998-5829 or  amkienas@umich.edu and let her know, or you can have them fill out an application  here .  
Gary Bourdeau Co-Authors Article About Peer Support
Longtime volunteer Gary Bourdeau recently co-authored a scholarly article with Regina Hendrix-Brown titled "Creating the Conditions for Successful Integration of Peer Support Specialists Into Research Studies." The article was published in Psychiatric Services, a peer reviewed journal. Click here to read the article.

Kudos, Gary!
Brush Up On Your Skills at Our Next Training
"I would encourage all B2B volunteers to take advantage of the re-training opportunities. The training afforded me a refresher on policies, procedures, new resources, and most importantly, a full day spent interacting with the staff and new volunteers, who came from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, offering new insights and ideas. It definitely was time well spent....the lunch was pretty good, too." Ted Kozlowski
Has it been a while since you went through our New Volunteer Training? A lot has changed. Do you think you might benefit from going through it again? If so, contact us about attending an upcoming one. We continually update our training content and think that any and all volunteers who are interested in refreshing their skills will benefit from going through the new and updated training. Free lunch provided!

Currently, our next scheduled trainings will be on Sunday, July 21 and Tuesday, August 6 . Both will be at our office in Ann Arbor. Contact us to schedule a re-training. If you are unable to attend another in-person training, see above in this newsletter for info about an upcoming retraining webinar we are offering on August 5.
Need Any New Program Supplies? Let Us Know!
Are you running low on program materials? Are you unsure about whether the materials you have are the most current versions? If so, please contact Jamie Majer at (734) 998-5825 or jmajer@umich.edu and the supplies you need will be ordered and sent to you as soon as possible.
Buddy-to-Buddy Pics
Bill Bryan, Jamie Majer, Paul Jingozian, Richie Roberts, and Mark Lindke at the Ann Arbor Independence Day Parade.
Barbara Brennan serving as the Grand Marshal at the Brighton Independence Day Parade.
Dick Overton, Alfonse VanHese, and Fred Turk at the American Legion Conference in Kalamazoo.
Don Olson with his daughter and grandson at the Women Veterans 5K in Lansing.
Fred Honerkamp (right) at the DAV state convention.
James Czeiszperger with his new service dog, Alaska. She is a 14-month-old German Shepherd who is currently training to become a fully licensed service dog.  Click here to learn more about the organization or how to obtain a service dog.
Mark Lindke (right) at the Walk & Roll For the 22 suicide prevention event at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital.
Mo De La O with his family at a filming for a new video about Buddy-to-Buddy and M-SPAN.
Buddy-to-Buddy is part of Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN), a portfolio of military and veteran mental health programs within the University of Michigan Depression Center .
Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program
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