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Collection Overview

Title: Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 2008+

ID: RHC/RC/312

Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized by record type, and then chronologically within each folder. The order of the materials was determined by the order in which they were received.

Date Acquired: 05/24/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: DuPage County (Ill), Group homes, homeless persons, Homeless shelter, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSD, Veterans, Vietnam War, 1961-1975., Wheaton (Ill.)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of the records of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans of Wheaton, Illinois from 2008 to 2011.  It contains minutes, financial records including reports and tax information, contracts with outside services, home care licences, informational pamphlets, newsletters, applications for potential residents and donation forms. Though the meeting minutes are not complete, the newsletters and informational pamphlets well document the shelter’s goals and progress, as well as programs throughout the year. Of particular note are the application forms for potential residents. It provides a detailed description of the application process and expectations for the residents.

Collection Historical Note

The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans was founded and incorporated in 2000 by Robert “Doc” M. Adams as a transitional housing program for all veterans.  The facility provides food and shelter, aid in locating full time work and medical care, counseling services, and the skills necessary to live independently.  Adams, a licensed clinical social worker and a US Navy combat veteran of the Vietnam era, conceived of the idea after seeing a similar program in Boston in 1997. In 2004, Dirk Enger of Winfield, a Marine combat veteran of Desert Storm, joined Adams in exploring the possibility of opening a shelter in DuPage County. In 2005, the Board of Directors was developed and that fall MSHV leased a single family home in Wheaton to become the first shelter.

In November 2005, the Wheaton City Council granted MSHV a special use permit, and a zoning change to use the property as a transitional housing program. In January 2006, the City of Wheaton Group Care Home Commission issued a license to MSHV to operate a group care facility upon purchase of the property. In February 2006, the DuPage County Community Development Office awarded the MSHV a $300,000 grant through the Federal Community Development Block Grant program to use for a capital expenditure for the property. The property was purchased in June 2006, and int the fall the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs awarded MSHV a capital grant to aid in the purchase of the home, as well as a van for outreach and shelter transportation purposes. A full-time Case Manager and House Manager were hired and trained, and doors were opened to veterans on January 08, 2007. A grand opening was held on January 20, 2007 with 250 people in attendance. The Board of Directors officially named the shelter the LCpl Nicholas Larson Home for Veterans, in memory of a Wheaton native who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004.

In 2010, MSHV broke ground on a second home. It was named after Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2008. Miller was a Wheaton High School graduate and posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

Subject/Index Terms

DuPage County (Ill)
Group homes
homeless persons
Homeless shelter
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSD
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Wheaton (Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional paper records were donated at later dates. Electronic files were transferred via email in September 2011.

Alternate Extent Statement: 14 digital files (373 KB)

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Technical Access Note: Electronic records may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.

Acquisition Source: Robert Adams

Acquisition Method: Robert Adams, president of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, donated the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans Records the Regional History Center on May 24, 2011.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1
Folder 1: Minutes, 2008-2011
Folder 2: Tax filings, 2010-2011
Folder 3: Business Cards, no date
Folder 4: Contract with Serenity House Counseling Services, Incorporated, 2011
Folder 5: Group Cares Home License, 2011
Folder 6: Informational Pamphlets, no date
Folder 7: Newsletter, 2008-2012
Folder 8: Application for Residents, no date
Folder 9: Equipment Temperature Log, no date
Folder 10: Donations, no date
Folder 11: Finance Reports, 2008-2010
Folder 12: Resolution

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