St. Michael’s Veteran’s Center empowers veterans toward healthy reintegration with their families and communities through permanent housing and supportive services.
We provide a dignified place to live and an opportunity for veterans to become their best selves. St. Michael’s Veterans Center’s (SMVC) professional staff customize wraparound solutions to support veterans’ goals around employment, physical and mental health, trauma and addiction management with the means and support necessary to achieve long-term health, employment and financial stability.
Our campus is a home and a community where veterans can live their best lives and give back to their community.
SMVC’s adapted the Housing First and Permanent Supportive Housing models to have a sustained impact on ending veteran homelessness in Kansas City. These evidence-based models focus on permanent housing with wrap around support are equally essential components to keep people housed and well. Key principles of these models include a low-barrier admission policy, no programmatic prerequisites, supportive services are voluntary but are actively used to engage veterans with a focus on housing permanency and wellness, and veteran residents have full rights, responsibilities and legal protections.
SMVC also focuses on a third element that makes us unique – we build a vibrant community that takes care of our neighbors. The campus is infused with pride. The campus becomes a place for formerly homeless and disabled veterans to live, and a home and community where they can live their best lives and give back. It provides a unique opportunity to build positive relationships and mutual support among veterans.
SMVC has been an important piece of Kansas City’s solution to end veteran homelessness by offering permanent supportive housing to over 200 veterans experiencing homelessness or living with a disability.
- St.Michael’s Housing Phase I with 58 apartment homes opened in 2014
- St. Michael’s Housing Phase II with 59 apartment homes and the SMVC Service Center opened in 2016
- St. Michael’s Housing Phase III: planned pending the reinstatement of Missouri LIHTC
- Patriot Park, a memorial to our community’s veterans, is planned at the entrance to the campus pending private funding
The development of SMVC is a public-private partnership. This partnership between private firms and community partners capitalized on each member’s experience and dedication to successfully complete SMVC. City, state, and federal agencies played an indispensable role in the vision, coordination, funding, and implementation of SMVC’s long-range solutions to meet the needs of those who served in our country’s military. Each of these partners were committed to creating a sustainable solution that will endure for decades to come.
Susan Engel - Executive Director
Carl Yonkers - Service Center Host
Social Work Interns 2020-2021
Cindy Taylor - Services Manager
Shane Garbin - Veteran Navigator
Board of Directors
Art Fillmore – Chairman
Bob Waechter – Treasurer
Stacey Johnson – Cosby
The SMVC Leadership Council cultivates community engagement and financial support through volunteer leaders who are dedicated to end homelessness among veterans and build a vibrant community that takes care of our neighbors.
Randy Barnett: Vietnam Veterans of America
Michelle Batliner: American Legion Post 1107
John (Chris) Bradfield: Knights of Columbus – Diocesan Chairman
Charles Cantrell: Elks Lodge
Ron Cherry: VFW
Helen Hatz: Air Force Sargeants Association
Randy Henderson: Elks Lodge – Cass County
Susan Keipp: Air Force Sargeants Association
Robert LaDue: Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree Knights
Jim Lannigan: Air Force Association
Nathan Marticke: Park University
Wade Mathews: State Street
Amy Mendenahll: UMB Bank
Cliff Miller: Knights of Columbus
Roland Norris: Veterans Focus Liaison Committee and Corvette Club of Kansas City
David Pecha: Knights of Columbus
Darrell Quinley: Elks National Service Commission
Jason Ramlow: American Red Cross
Fred Reynolds: Church of the Resurrection
Tom Tanner: American Legion Post 21 / Legion Riders