Texoma Community Center is proud to support our troops, past and present, with any challenges they face. As the Local Mental Health Authority for Cooke, Fannin & Grayson counties, we want to ensure all Veterans and their families know we are a resource for mental health help.
Best described as an “Army of Volunteers”, the Military Veteran Peer Network. or MVPN, provides an affiliation of Texoma’s service members and veterans to network with each other and support each other on a peer-to-peer level. MVPN serves as a hub for vetting community resources, providing an opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of fellow veterans, and advocate for veterans.
The main outcome of MVPN is to improve mental health for veterans, whether they face trauma-related challenges due to deployment, or even just facing day to day challenges that life throws our way.
Here are some basic ways that MVPN serves the local veteran community:
- Peer to peer support groups
- Help with navigating veteran resources in Texoma
- Suicide prevention
- Volunteer training courses, including training for first responders
Peer-to-peer Support Groups:
- Bring Everyone In the Zone peer group
- Veterans Luncheon
- PTSD Support Groups
- Clyde Cosper Support Group (for residents of Clyde Cosper)
- Women Veteran Lunch & Evening peer groups
MVPN Basic Training (prerequisite for becoming a peer volunteer)
- CALM (Counsel on Access to Lethal Means) training
- AS+K workshops
- TCOLE 4067 for trauma affected veterans
(note: All certification courses are free of charge. Some certification courses may require travel outside of the Texoma area)
As a MVPN volunteer, you can choose to serve in a way that is a good fit for your skill set and how you want to contribute. You can serve as a general volunteer, filling in for various administrative or behind-the-scenes functions, or you can serve in a very specialized peer volunteer role. A specialized peer role may require additional training, depending on the program area in which you wish to volunteer.
All peer volunteers must register with the program using this link:
Here are some of the volunteer opportunities most needed:
- Be a mentor for veterans justice-involved through the Veteran Treatment Court
- Lead a peer to peer group
- Provide one-on-one individual peer support
- If you have a special skill or talent that you would like to teach to other veterans, or if you would like to use your skills towards helping to maintain The Walker House, please contact Penny Poolaw
The Walker House:
- Home office of the MVPN serving Grayson, Fannin & Cooke Counties
- Comfortable location for veterans seeking services through MVPN
- Central location for MVPN volunteer meetings
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESIf you want to help with the MVPN by becoming a sponsor, there are several ways to do it…just find the type or types of sponsorships that will be a good fit for you as an individual or for your company.
- Annual sponsor
- Events sponsor
- Food, beverages, and paper items are always a welcomed sponsorship option for scheduled groups and events
- Businesses that would like to donate a percentage of sales for a day
In the Community:
- Provides mentors to help justice-involved veterans in the Grayson and Fannin Counties Veteran’s Treatment Court
- Coordinates an annual Veteran’s Resource Expo
- MVPN regularly participates in community outreach and resource networking events. If you’d like to let MVPN know about your upcoming community event, please contact Penny Poolaw.
Penny Poolaw, MSW
Texoma Community Center
Mailing address: 315 W. McClain Dr, Sherman Texas 75092
Office address by appointment: 1100 W. Walker St, Denison Texas