MVRC was founded by a small group of dedicated and passionate volunteers who saw a need, and opted to create positive change. For many years, our founding members have played a critical role in the development and execution of MVRC’s mission and goals. Their tireless efforts have created the organization we are today, and we are proud to continue their legacy of service.
Michael Bishop (Founding Member/Military Adviser) is a native North Carolinian from Greensboro. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994, which included Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He went to GTCC and graduated in 1993. He went on to UNCG where he double majored in History and Religion. Michael joined MVRC when it was first forming as WakeCART at a very low time in his life. He was himself homeless and living in the South Wilmington Street Shelter. After seeing what resources were here in Wake County for Veterans he decided to continue with the group to help other Veterans in need. Michael now works for the Durham VA Medical Center. Four years ago the VA decided to make ending homeless a top priority, they started a program call Homeless Veterans Supported employment. Michael was one of three hired for this program in Durham. Three years later when the program was set to end throughout the country Durham decided to keep the program and Michael was made a permanent staff member. This program provides services to any Veteran who is in the homeless program find competitive employment in the community.
Michael has been an inspiration and an example for MVRC. Beyond his personal story of success, Michael has been dedicated to assisting veterans, educating the community, raising awareness of need and finding support for those who cannot support themselves. We are grateful that Michael will continue to be involved with MVRC as he transitions off the board; through his advocacy for quality veteran care and through his willingness to continue to be an excellent resource for MVRC’s board members.
“I believe in what MVRC does to my very core, there are so many times when other groups cannot help right away and for whatever reason the help is needed right then MVRC has been able to help, and that’s what it is all about.”
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