Mission 22 fights the war at home to stem the tide of Veteran suicides through three major programs: Funding veterans to receive treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other issues they may be facing through our many partner organizations, raising awareness and honoring veterans through outreach and large scale public art and creating social impact for the issues veterans are facing today.
Why it Matters & PTSD, TBI, Depression and Veteran Suicide Facts:
- At least 20 – 31% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression. (Military counselors estimate the percentage of veterans with PTSD is much higher; the number climbs higher when combined with TBI.)
- Vietnam veterans also report high lifetime rates of PTSD ranging from 10% to 31%.
- 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment.
- 19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury. (TBI)
- Recent statistical studies show that rates of veteran suicide are much higher than previously thought, as much as five to eight thousand a year (22 a day, up from a low of 18-a-year in 2007)
- Two-thirds of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD.
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night.
Why We Support Mission 22:
“It takes a community to heal a warrior.” These words from the Mission 22 video are at the heart of what we believe. The Veterans Administration is a great resource but they are understaffed and underfunded. The Fibre of a community supports, engages and collaborates with each other and we will assist our Veterans in getting the help they need without the wait. Fibre will also seek to help Mission 22 raise awareness of these issues and bring Veterans together with civilians to create opportunities for Vets and other communities in need.
Eden reduces extreme poverty and restores healthy forests in Haiti, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Nepal by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees — for as little as 10¢ per tree. They’ve already planted over 97,000,000 trees, created 971,035 workdays, and have 1176 members.
- 98% of Ethiopia’s forested areas have been destroyed in the last 50 years
- 10% of Madagascar’s original forests remain today
- 2% of Haiti’s land that is forested
Why It Matters:
The destruction of healthy forest systems causes many problems. Trees provide habitat for animals, purify water sources, control flooding, and erosion, and help to replenish the soil with nutrients needed for farming. When farmers can’t grow anything their farms fail and they have no option but to move to overcrowded cities looking for work. Often they have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive.
Why We Support Eden:
Eden starts by hiring local villagers to plant trees. This gives them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. As the reforestation effort goes on, healthy forests begin to emerge and all the negative effects of deforestation begin to disappear.
Cara prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.
- Cara has placed over 5,100 individuals into more than 7,300 jobs at one-year job retention rates of 70% or higher, helping the same percentage of families stop the transference of generational poverty.
- Cara maintains relationships with more than 120 Chicagoland employers who trust the quality of their candidates for filling their positions.
- They stimulate community vibrancy by providing neighborhood beautification services that indelibly boost neighborhood pride and reclaim community identity.
Why it Matters:
Cara provides a comprehensive solution to the interrelated challenges of poverty and chronic homelessness. They address poverty by giving individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment through a comprehensive range of training, support, and job placement service and mitigate barriers to employment by addressing the need for skilled workers in Illinois and providing their participants with on-the-job training and industry-linked training courses.
Why We Support Cara:
Cara is more than a well-regarded workforce development program and its social enterprise, Cleanslate, is more than a fast and friendly service keeping communities clean. Together, these programs are a catalyst for true change and lasting success in participants’ lives. They help reclaim neighborhoods block by block and teach valuable job skills in the process. Cara provides the skills and confidence their participants need to secure and sustain quality jobs, further their education, and find stable housing, empowering individuals to lead lives of personal and professional excellence, energizing our community as a whole.