Split the Plate is one of UUCW’s programs of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offering monies to a non-profit organization as a way to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community.
Women Veterans Initiatives, WOVIN, was founded by women veterans to help their comrades. WOVIN’s mission is to educate, advocate and increase public awareness of the increasing number of at-risk, homeless and under-served women veterans, and to help those women seeking information to help themselves and their families.
Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. And a quarter of those vets have children. Their challenges are often overwhelming and complicated. Many have experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Often women veterans, therefore, have a distrust of military channels and male authority, so they avoid turning to the VA or other military support services.
There is another challenge in dealing with women veterans: many do not even regard themselves as veterans, either because they did not serve in active war zones or did not feel integrated into the armed forces. Strange as it may seem, many do not accept that if they served, they are veterans. WOVIN exists, in part, to bridge the trust gap. It is headed by our executive director, a female Army veteran.
For more information about WOVIN, go to https://tinyurl.com/STP-WOVIN. For more information about Split the Plate, contact the committee Chair, Sue Schalig, via the church office.