At this past Tuesday's meeting we heard from Paula Miratello and her organization, My Brother Vinny.  She started the organization as a way to honor her brother after his passing by assisting those with mental health issues find housing and support programs.  Over the last few years the main focus of her work has turned to working with the local VA's and shelters to assist homeless veterans get into new homes.
Paula told us how most veterans qualify for housing assistance through the VA, but there is no program to assist them with furnishing their new apartments.  My Brother Vinny provides them with everything from furniture, to housewares and even art work for the walls, so the empty apartment becomes a home.  She and her volunteers, mainly veterans who she has helped that want to get involved, have helped over 435 veterans and their families in 9 counties in the Hudson Valley/Metro NY area.
For more information on My Brother Vinny or to find out how you can help, check out their website: