JUNE 2018
Our Mission
To end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota
Our Vision
To provide assistance throughout Minnesota to Veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises leading to homelessness
Message from Neal Loidolt, President & CEO
June was a very eventful month for MACV as we have been pressing forward with our mission to end Veteran homelessness with a focus of ending women Veteran homelessness in Minnesota by the end of the year. Some key strategies in this initiative are regular participation in the homeless Veteran registry to identify Veterans, and reaching out to them to try and move them into housing stability- with a keen focus on the women on the list. In addition, we have formed a dedicated team at MACV to review the approximately 17 remaining homeless women Veterans on the registry and develop individual housing stability plans
for each.
Available, affordable housing continues to be a barrier for homeless Veterans. With strong community partnerships, MACV is addressing this need through acquiring, constructing, and renovating existing homes to increase housing capacity. We recently acquired a 3-bedroom home in Hibbing for transitional housing to serve Veterans from the Iron Range area, donated to MACV by the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, and we are constructing a second 5-bedroom transitional home in Maplewood for women Veterans in partnership with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities Foundation, and Lennar Builders.
These efforts are fueled by community support, donations, and continued awareness of our needs. We ask that you consider making a donation toward our critical mission of ending Veteran homelessness and help us to raise awareness by sharing our newsletter, Facebook, and website to others. There, you will find information about our progress and needs as well as event details for our upcoming Metro Stand Down, Welcoming Her Home Gala, and many others.
Last year, a five-bedroom family transitional home was constructed in partnership with the Builders Association of the Twin Cities Foundation and Lennar Builders. This year, the construction of a second transitional home is underway for female Veterans. These partnerships allow MACV to meet the needs of our Veterans quickly.

We still have need for financial donations to help us furnish and maintain the home. Please help us out by making a donation here.

To learn more about the progress of our transitional home, please click here.

Want to join our cause? Please email us at mac-v@mac-v.org or call our office.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) | Phone 833-222-MACV (6228)   | mac-v@mac-v.org
JUNE 2018 Highlights
This year MACV included valuable community partners and volunteers into our All- Staff training to further strengthen our community collaboration. A special thank you to our featured guest speakers Paul Riedner who presented Shadow Culture and to Anita Sugimura Holsapple, M.S. for her presentation of Battlefield-Home. This was a terrific training and we look forward to hosting similar future events. Please click on the links above to learn more about each presentation.
Interested in joining or presenting at our next event?
Please reach out to us at mac-v@mac-v.org
MACV Board Chair Don Allen with Battlefield-Home Director Anita Sugimura Holsapple
North Region
Trolling for Troops Event
This year our team members, along with over 100 other Veterans, participated in the Trolling for Troops event hosted at Camp Ripley which was led by local professional guides. MACV was invited to speak about our mission of ending Veteran homelessness to the entire group as well as strengthen relationships with key community partners. Major sponsors of this event were the American Legion, Minnesota DAV, the Elks, PAVSA, Military Order of the Purple Heart, V4V, and the VFW.
MACV Team members: Paul Pederson, Guy Sing, Darius Simon, Neal Loidolt
MACV team member: Paul Pedersen, catching a fish with a Veteran
Metro Region
The Wall that Heals-Minnesota Remembers Vietnam
Our MACV team members, Rebecca Geragi and Cindy Larson provided outreach at this incredible event to raise awareness of our mission to end Veteran homelessness. Minnesota Remembers Vietnam is a statewide multimedia story gathering project encouraging Minnesotans to add their own stories to their site. They hosted The Wall that Heals which is a brand new 3/4-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. To learn more about this project, click here.
MACV Team members: Cindy Larson, Rebecca Geragi
2018 Pride Festival
This year, MACV participated in the 2018 Pride Festival to raise awareness and provide outreach to LGBTQ Veterans. An estimated 400,000 people attended Pride this year making it the second largest outdoor festival next to the state fair and our booth was filled with Veterans who welcome our work and service in the community.
A special thanks to Lavender Magazine who featured MACV on their website to highlight the important work we do for our Veterans.
To view the article, please click here.
MACV team member: Trista Matascastillo
Fishing for Life Fundraiser
Our Metro Team was glad to attend and support our local partners Fishing for Life who hosted a fundraiser which was sponsored by the Association of the United States Army. (AUSA) MACV was glad to attend and raise awareness about our mission to end Veteran homelessness and in particular, support ways to help Veterans engage in fun healthy activities.

South Region
Rochester Stand Down
At our Rochester Stand Down event on Saturday June 23rd, MACV, along with our community partners, were able to provide a range of services such as access to meals, clothing, haircuts, public benefits, employment and legal assistance for Veterans. Listen to our MACV team member Guy Sing talk about the Stand Down event live on KTTC by clicking here!
MACV team members: Sadie Rezac, Mike Montalto, Guy Sing, Ryan Frank, Neal Loidolt, Kevin Beichler

To see our upcoming Stand Down Events, visit us at our website or the events page of our Facebook

PrimeSource Funding
The MACV Mankato Team would like to send a huge thank you and show our appreciation to Brent Busch and PrimeSource Funding!! This year they organized the 1st Annual MACV Awareness Ride. With their assistance and many others $15,000 was raised for MACV to help aid in our efforts to end Veteran homelessness in MN!! There are not enough words to explain how grateful we are for your generosity and how you have helped bring awareness to our organization!
Scot Harris
Intake Coordinator
Scot joined our team on Wednesday June 20th and brings a lot of knowledge and passion to our organization. He has volunteer experience with Goodwill/Easter Seals of Minnesota, Better Futures Minnesota, and 180 degrees, Sonic Program. In addition, Scot is a Navy Veteran who has served both on active duty and the reserves with professional training in:
  • US Army Faculty Development Course
  • US Army Air Assault School
  • US Army Rappel Master School
  • US Navy Field Medical Service Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Senior Instructor Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape course (SERE)
Scot believes that "everyone should have access to affordable (really affordable) housing, healthy sustainable food, medical care, and education." His hobbies include running and he is planning on running his second Twin Cities Marathon this fall.
Upcoming Legal Clinics
Please click here for full listing of Legal Clinics
2017 Annual Report
2017 was a year of remarkable growth both in internal infrastructure and external relationships. To learn more about our amazing year, please click the link below to view our Annual Report.

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Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) | Phone 833-222-MACV (6228)   | mac-v@mac-v.org