For the past few years, Makaylah Anderson, founder of Makaylah's House, has been working on starting a homeless veteran rehabilitation center in Michigan. Makaylah has begun working with James Smith, an Air Force veteran and business owner, as a mentor and advisor for this project.
In this center, veterans on the streets of Michigan will be able to get the help they need. Many veterans have fought for our country and are living out on the streets, homeless, and are struggling with Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder and other mental health disorders. Many face physical limits due to their involvement in the military. Often it isn't just one or the other; our veterans face both physical and mental disorders that limit their abilities in their day-to-day life. These limitations are exacerbated by the fact that they are homeless, with no place to safely lay their head at night. The goal is to help rehabilitate them in a loving, non-institutionalized environment!
Makaylah is passionate about Makaylah's House's success because her great-grandpa was a veteran, and he lived in a veteran's home. It was a miserable place. In this home, there were many issues with personal property theft. Her family could never bring him any gifts because they would just get stolen. The home environment was morbid, which is extremely sad because this is where people live and are trying to heal. He never seemed happy, even when he got to see his family. Everything just seemed so grey. She wanted a place where her great-grandpa could be happy all the time. Unfortunately, he has passed now. But ALL our veterans deserve to live with health and peace.
Makaylah's House will provide a beacon of hope and a place where veterans, including those who are homeless, can come and get help in a warm, inviting and supportive community.
- Travis Machelski
- Stephanie Meyering
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