AT&T and AT&T Pioneers Contribute $50,000 to Veterans Community Project to Help Support Efforts to Eliminate Veterans Homelessness

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November 14, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Nov. 10, 2017 — As part of our Thank Our Heroes campaign, AT&T* and the AT&T Pioneers are teaming up with the Veterans Community Project. We’re recognizing our nation’s heroes and supporting Veterans Community Project’s efforts with a joint contribution of $50,000.

The Veterans Community Project is on a mission to eliminate veteran homelessness by providing transitional housing in a tiny house community and enabling access to services that address the underlying causes of veterans’ homelessness.

“Our tiny house project started as an effort to make a difference in the lives of homeless veterans. We are proud to have come so far and are honored to have received so much community support from groups like AT&T and the AT&T Pioneers,” said Chris Stout, Veterans Community Project Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

The tiny-house neighborhood being built at 89th Street and Troost Avenue expects to move the first homeless military veterans into housing around Thanksgiving.

“I am pleased to see the progress the Veterans Community Project has made. I can recall the very first time I stepped into the only home in the Tiny Village. I say home, because even though it was a house with four walls, I could envision someone starting and making a happy life there. That is what so many of our veterans deserve,” said Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05).  “Thanks to programs like Thank Our Heroes, we can move more veterans out of homelessness and into a happy life.”
“We’re taking a moment to say ‘thank you’ to our nation’s servicemen and women. Not just on Veterans Day, but every day, we should remember those who have done so much to protect our country and freedoms,” said John Sondag, president, AT&T Missouri. “AT&T has a long history supporting our military and first responders. And this contribution is one small way we can express our thanks.”

“We’re thrilled that our contribution will help house, feed and provide utilities and support services for a veteran for a year, and that we were able to combine our contribution with AT&T to help make an even bigger impact for VCP,” said Karee Craig, past president, Lewis and Clark Council of AT&T Pioneers.

AT&T’s contribution is part of a $500,000 total contribution we’re making to local organizations across the country who serve veterans and active duty military personnel.
The Pioneers have also established a gift drive to help collect items needed to furnish the Tiny Houses. To participate in the drive, you can visit Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, and Target websites to purchase a gift off the Veterans Community Project registry. Pioneers will hold donations until the homes are ready for the veteran.
In addition to the contribution and the gift drive, we’re also hosting community volunteer events across the country with local organizations serving active military personnel, veterans and their families.
We encourage everyone to participate in the #ThankOurHeroes social media campaign to show their appreciation. People can upload messages, photos and videos showing their gratitude to veterans using #ThankOurHeroes. Our AT&T and veterans’ organizations’ handles will share throughout the month.
To learn more about our commitments to veterans, click here.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company's signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.
AT&T Pioneers
AT&T Pioneers is a network of volunteers who effect immediate, tangible change in our local communities. Today, the organization is the world’s largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service. Pioneers volunteer more than 15 million hours annually responding to the individual needs of their communities.
Veterans Community Project
The Veterans Community Project (VCP) is on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Focusing first in the Greater-Kansas City area, VCP aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States. VCP has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide.
VCP is a 501(c)(3) Missouri nonprofit corporation founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community.


For more information, contact:

Chris Lester
AT&T Corporate Communications
Phone: 816.223.4727
Chris Lester, AT&T Corporate Communications
(816) 223-4727