Military Women of Valor
A Haven of Hope and Transformation for Female Veterans and Their Children
Understanding the Challenge: A Staggering Reality At Military Women of Valor, we are acutely aware of the alarming trends in female veteran homelessness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports a troubling statistic: 38% of the sheltered homeless population comprises women, with female veterans constituting the fastest-growing segment. The period from 2016 to 2017 saw a 7% increase in homeless female veterans, a rate seven times higher than their male counterparts. This stark reality underscores the critical need for targeted support and intervention for these women.
38% of the sheltered homeless are women.
7% increase in homeless female veterans from 2016-17, outpacing the 1% rise among male veterans
60% of transitional housing programs funded by grants either restrict or do not accommodate children.
Who We Are
A Beacon of Support and Empowerment Based in the Delaware-Maryland Eastern Shore, Military Women of Valor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing comprehensive support. Our services include housing, healthcare, job opportunities, life skills training, and a myriad of essential resources, all delivered through a network of partner providers. Our mission is deeply influenced by the words of Malala Yousafzai:
Cultivating Strength and Empowerment We strive to create communities that offer strength, support, and empowerment, focusing on essential resources to assist female military veterans in regaining control of their lives. Our vision is to become a leading advocate and educator, raising awareness about the unique challenges faced by both active and veteran military women.
Tangible Steps Towards Change Our inaugural upscale resale boutique in New Castle County, Delaware, is a key initiative. This boutique will not only offer a range of items but also generate crucial funding for The Valor House project, benefiting veteran servicewomen and their children. Our immediate goals include securing a retail space, raising awareness, acquiring capital for administrative infrastructure, and obtaining seed funding for comprehensive program support.
Recognizing the immense sacrifices of military servicewomen.
Building empowering relationships to uplift veteran servicewomen.
Standing in solidarity against injustice and inequality faced by military servicewomen.
Protecting and serving with dignity and respect, honoring their legacy.
We are a Delaware-Maryland Eastern shore-based 501)c nonprofit organization, that will be providing housing, healthcare, jobs, life skills training along with other resources through partnership providers for the Veteran service women.
It will help female veteran service women frequently homeless, as they move from homelessness and co-dependent, often abusive relationships into independent, self-sufficient lifestyles. Additionally, it will assists clients to connect with Partners in their child reunification process.This is particularly important as 80% of the clients have children but no custody.
What We Will Do
Our first upscale resale boutique to benefit the veteran servicewomen will be located in New Castle County, Delaware. Thus far, we have been able to procure many items to create a resale boutique to raise money toward The Valor House building, directly benefiting veteran servicewomen and their children. Our greatest and most urgent need is retail space to open our store and to bring awareness to the cause, capital assistance for administrative infrastructure, and seed monies for overall program support.
About the Founder
Lena Goodman’s Vision and Dedication Founded by Lena Goodman, Military Women of Valor is the culmination of her deep passion for empowering female veterans. Inspired by her daughter’s eight-year service in the United States Navy and the military contributions of other female family members, Lena is fervently dedicated to providing transformative services to these courageous women.
An Invitation to Make a Difference We are in the process of assembling a robust Board of Trustees, essential for propelling our organization forward. If you have the experience and passion for making a difference, we warmly invite you to join our board. Your expertise and enthusiasm could be the catalyst for change in the lives of female veterans.
Be a Part of the Change