Michigan Association of Health Plans

Downriver for Veterans receives $2,500 grant to support veterans with emergency essentials

Downriver for Veterans received a $2,500 grant from the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) to help support local veterans and their families by providing essential products and services in times of need.

This funding is being made available as part of MAHP’s Tackling Health Care Disparities in Michigan grant program, which encourages community-based organizations to collaborate and deploy local initiatives aimed at creating better health outcomes and improving health equity.

Downriver For Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Wyandotte that serves local veterans and their families. They provide food, household essentials, rent assistance, car repairs and more. The funds from MAHP will be used to provide personal hygiene items and diapers
to its veteran community within 22 cities in the Downriver area.

“There are more than 2,000 veterans living in our community, and many of them rely on our services,” said Ann Rudisill, Founder of Downriver Veterans. “This donation will be put to great use and we’re thankful for MAHP’s support.”

“Downriver For Veterans is an essential resource in the Downriver area,” said Dominick Pallone, executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans. “We’re honored to help fund a program that provides the necessary services and supports to those who served our country.”

“Some of our veterans are facing real hardships and need a variety of support and services,” said Representative Jamie Thompson (R-Brownstown Twp.). “Downriver For Veterans is providing services that are essential to improving the lives of veterans and their families and I’m proud of all the work they do from building a tiny home community to emergency fund assistance—they serve veterans with the utmost respect and honor they deserve.”

Those who want to learn more or support Downriver for Veterans can visit https://downriverforveterans.org/.

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