Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the new home office for the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) of Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties with Penny Poolaw. If you don't know who Penny Poolaw is, then you're really missing out! She's a very well connected veteran who also happens to be a community resource guru. I've been volunteering for Penny for a little over two years now and she's a pretty cool woman!
I refer to her office as a "home office" because it literally is inside of a really neat house! This house is a recent addition to the MVPN program, and it's really something that adds a lot to the Texoma area. The vision for The Walker House is for it to be used kind of like a hub for veterans. If you know of a veteran in Texoma, please let them know that the MVPN program is available to them as a place to connect with lots of other local veterans.
We can all benefit from growing our personal support system, and this program is a great way to do that!
Best described as an "Army of Volunteers", MVPN provides an affiliation of Texoma's service members and veterans to network with each other and support each other on a peer to peer level. MVPN serves as a hub for vetting community resources, providing an opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of fellow veterans, and advocate for veterans. The program is operated by Texoma Community Center.
The main outcome of MVPN is to improve mental health for veterans, whether they face trauma related challenges due to deployment, or even just facing day to day challenges that life throws our way.
MVPN is exponentially growing in Texoma, so I'll bring you updates as I get them. In the meantime, here are some basic ways that MVPN serves the local veteran community, AND, here are some ways you can get connected with MVPN!!
peer-to-pear support groups
As a MVPN volunteer, you can choose to serve in a way that is a good fit for your skill set and how you want to contribute. You can serve as a general volunteer, filling in for various administrative or behind-the-scenes functions, or you can serve in a very specialized peer volunteer role. A specialized peer role may require additional training, depending on the program area in which you wish to volunteer.
All peer volunteers must register with the program using this link:
Here are some of the volunteer opportunities most needed:
the walker house
If you want to help with the MVPN by becoming a sponsor, there are several ways to do it...just find the type or types of sponsorhips that will be a good fit for you as an individual or for your company.
in the community
Check the MVPN calendar for upcoming events.
Get connected with mvpn
Penny Poolaw, MSW
Texoma Community Center