A nonprofit organization that tends to the needs of military veterans hosted an outreach event Monday morning in downtown Leavenworth.
Team Fidelis hosted the Boots on the Ground Homeless & Outreach Resources event for homeless veterans.
Daniel Brazzell, director of Team Fidelis, said the overall mission of the organization is to prevent veteran suicide.
“We lose 20 veterans to suicide everyday,” Brazzell said. “And 14 of those are not receiving VA services at the time of the deaths.”
He said the outreach efforts are held about once each month around the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Also on hand for the event were representatives of Str8 Edge Barber Shop, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and the Kansas City Mobile Vet Center, a division of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The barber shop offered free haircuts and shaves to homeless veterans. The barber shop is co-owned by Darin Teague and Carlos Rivera, both military veterans and members of Team Fidelis.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas assisted homeless veterans with housing options.
And the Kansas City Mobile Vet Center offered counseling to homeless veterans and helped them connect with services offered by VA centers in the area, including the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth.
“We came to provide comfort items to homeless veterans and to help them connect with services,” Brazzell said. “It’s a one-stop shop that comes to the homeless veterans to help them get back on their feet and bring them hope.”
This was the fourth time Team Fidelis hosted the event in Leavenworth, Brazzell said. He said about six to eight homeless veterans showed up at Monday’s event.
“Every little thing we can do for them, we’re going to take care of it,” he said.
For more information about Team Fidelis, call 816-301-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org