When Larry Bennett of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Woodlawn learned about veterans at Easterseals who needed assistance, he wanted to take action . He turned to the church’s Military Ministry for support.
True to their mission, ‘To minister unselfishly to persons in this community and world,’ Mt. Zion Church was happy to help.
They are an Easterseals GiveVets22 Five Star Partner, meaning they go above and beyond with their direct support of local veterans in need and their families. One way they have shown such support was through providing critical funding for veteran transportation.
Chris Macklin, a job developer with Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, said that Mt. Zion’s gift is so important because they recognize that the transportation barrier is one of the largest that veterans face. The Mt. Zion church provided money and bus passes so veterans can travel to and from work, allowing them to keep a stable job. Macklin said it costs $2.25 to ride the bus one way. If someone makes the minimum wage, a significant amount of their paycheck goes towards their daily commute.
Stable transportation gives veterans the ability to seek jobs from farther away, which gives them opportunities for different living situations, lifestyles, and employers. Thank you Mt. Zion Baptist Church!
WCPO report highlights the challenges some veterans face in securing reliable transportation.