HEAR ABOUT OUR AMAZING STORIES
RETURNING VETERAN, ALEXIS DERRISO
Alexis Derriso is one of the hardest working Veterans in Detroit. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Derriso moved to Detroit to assist her daughter with raising her children.
Derriso founded the Motown Veteran Women’s Association, a support group for hundreds of female veterans from all over America, after finding that there was a lack of support services for women like herself.
Many of the women Derriso supports suffer from traumas, and some are also homeless with children. Derriso instills a “never give up” mantra to each and every woman she works with.
Derriso's organization is preparing for a Women Veterans Recognition Day celebration at Myrtle Beach, inviting women veterans from across the country. She is currently fundraising to sponsor women veterans to attend this celebration, as well as for general programming such as job training, food giveaways, clothing drives and other mutual aid provisions.
COMMUNITY WORKER, CALVIN GASTON
Calvin is a skilled community worker that we are training and mentoring in tradework and maintenance. We support him in career visioning and confidence-building, and challenge him to seek higher potentialities within himself.
Calvin is the perfect example of the importance of authentic community building efforts, and the results we yield when building love in community with our young constituents who will be the leadership of tomorrow.