Consolidated Credit partner Mission United celebrates its 10th anniversary by opening a new location for Veteran financial services.
Mission United opened its doors a decade ago to help veterans assimilate into civilian life. Now they’re opening their doors again.
On Nov. 1, Consolidated Credit joined Mission United for the grand opening of its new building in Fort Lauderdale. Mission United’s original location housed mental health counselors and other resources. Their new location is completely dedicated to helping Veterans with their financial independence.
“We’re excited to see them take the next step in providing a higher level of service to the veterans in our community,” says Barry Rothman, Consolidated Credit’s housing counseling manager. “It’s great that there’s an enhanced ability to provide the kind of help these people need. With rising mortgages, rent, and inflation, it’s never been more important than it is today.”
Any Veteran looking for help can visit the new office at 1300 S Andrews Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.
When United Way started Mission United 10 years ago, it was the first of its kind in Broward County. Consolidated Credit has been assisting for the past five years. Credit counselors work with veterans to find funding for housing or other needs. But before Veterans can access those funds, they have to work with Consolidated Credit to build their financial literacy and budgeting skills.
“Most people don’t know what they don’t know – and what they don’t know is how to properly budget and also how to account for the money they’ve spent,” Rothman says. “Most of us spend money and we don’t even realize we’re spending it.”
After a veteran completes their training with Consolidated, they get a certificate. With it, they can access Mission United’s funding. And those funds truly make a difference.
There are nearly 40,000 homeless veterans nationwide. Mission United has helped rehome more than 1,400 right here in South Florida. There’s one, however, that sticks with Rothman.
A homeless veteran lost visiting rights for his kids until he saved enough to get his own apartment. Having a roof over his head was the first step, but it wasn’t enough for the state. Mission United and Consolidated Credit got him through counseling and were able to get him the funds he needed.
“That allowed them to purchase furniture, which allowed him to pass inspection and gain visitation rights with his kids,” Rothman said. “That was a great way we were really able to make a difference.”
If you’re also struggling with housing, debt, or access to food – Mission United can help. Visit their office, call them, or fill out their online form.