United Way of Central Maryland and Warrior Canine Connection Awarded $15,000 to support Veterans Treatment Court Program
BALTIMORE, Md. (December 13, 2018) – Today, United Way of Central Maryland and Warrior Canine Connection each accepted grant funds totaling $15,000 to support each group’s work with the Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court (VTC).
“Support from the community allows the Baltimore City Veterans Treatment Court to continue with its mission,” said Baltimore City District Court Judge Halee Weinstein. “This program continues to transform lives by connecting veterans with the local resources they desperately need. In turn, it works to reduce recidivism and lower criminal justice costs. Most importantly, it gives veterans the chance to return to civilian life as productive, law-abiding citizens.”
VTC was founded by Baltimore City District Court Judge Halee Weinstein in 2015. It is a court supervised, comprehensive, and voluntary treatment-based program for veterans charged with misdemeanor and concurrent jurisdiction felonies in the District Court. VTC’s mission is to serve the community and increase public safety by integrating and incorporating a coordinated treatment response for veterans with substance use disorders and mental health issues.
United Way of Central Maryland serves as a community partner, helping veterans to get the support, skills and services needed to re-enter civilian life, so they can live lawfully and independently. Through the Warrior Canine Connection, veterans train therapy and service dogs that will eventually be matched with a wounded warrior. The dogs also stay in the courtroom during each court docket to comfort the veterans.
“It has been a great honor to serve our veterans through the Veterans Treatment Court,” said Franklyn Baker, president and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland. “The work Judge Weinstein and the team have done to serve those who have served our country is extraordinary, and we all at United Way are happy to help them fight for those who have fought for us.”
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United Way of Central Maryland fights for the education, financial stability and health of every person in every community across central Maryland. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against our community’s most daunting social crises. Learn more at uwcm.org.