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Our MID-SOUTH MVI - Veterans & Families Info.

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Mid South Veterans & Families Support Initiative

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Veterans and Veteran Organizations and Supporters


        Jessie Knox                                     Abiathar Carroll                                 Robert C. Jones, Jr.
  Good Shepherd UCC                    New Beginnings Ministries                            Mt. Carmel MBC

Core Leadership of Mid-South MVI

Dr. James Miles
       Ms. Kelli Powell                          Ms. Angela McDonald

                Rev. Sheri Scales

Our Mid-South MVI Community Veterans Coordinator
Jason Glanz


Dr. Troy Harden; Dr. Walidah Bennett; Dr. John Ziegler

Pictures from the MID-SOUTH MVI Asset Bassed Community Development - ABCD Training Graduation & Pot-luck Dinner - Held at Mt. Carmel MBC - April 22, 2017


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Multi-Faith Veteran Initiative
Multi-Faith Veteran Initiative (MVI)​
The Multi-Faith Veteran Initiative, housed at DePaul University’s Egan Office for Urban Education & Community Partnerships (UECP) at the Steans Center, works in partnership with communities to develop an extended reach of support to improve the quality of life for Veterans and Veteran Families.
The Project seeks to:
Integrate faith-based organizations and houses of worship into local networks of social service providers.
Raise awareness about community resources for Veterans and their families
Equip train and support those who are actively involved with faith-based and community – based organizations, to assist them in broadening the spectrum of local services for Veterans and their families within their respective communities.
Promote the active role of Veterans as valuable community assets.
Contribute to maximizing the use of resources and services currently available for Veterans and their families.

Community Partners 

North Site- A Just Harvest
7649 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60626
Community Veteran Coordinator: Laurence Smith
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
Church of The Good Shepherd UCC
Community Veteran Coordinator: Jason Glanz
West Site-Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute
4941 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Executive Director: Dr. Elizabeth Lockhart
For additional information contact:
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September 2018 Training  • October Faith-Rooted Training
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.
We invite you to learn about the institute and its work in the university and community context. We hope you will join us in building strong communities.

A New Home

The ABCD Institute is excited and proud to announce our new partnership and home at DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning & Community Service Studies located in Chicago, Illinois. We look forward to working with the Steans Center, the Egan Office for Urban Education & Community Partnerships, staff, students and faculty of DePaul University and their many community partners.
The ABCD Institute makes this move with gratitude for the support provided by Northwestern University over the past 29 years where Jody Kretzmann and other ABCD faculty members continue to teach. In particular we are grateful to Northwestern University’s Center for Civic Engagement whose work continues to embody and advance the asset-based community development work initiated in the 1980’s by John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann.

ABCD Institute Makes DePaul University Home

By Dan Baron  /  April 8, 2018
In late 2016, DePaul welcomed the ABCD Institute to the Steans Center as its new home. Founded at Northwestern University more than two decades ago, the Institute has made a global impact on community development and organizing  through its emphasis on how communities use their assets to define who and what they are and how they shape their future. DePaul now directly benefits from  decades of wisdom developed through research, engagement, and scholarship in communities employing ABCD throughout the world. Read more