Over the past few months, we have been working closely with the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall (CVMH) to develop a way to integrate the Mission43 pillars (education, employment, purpose, and connection) into their future programmatic offerings. It has been incredible to see how the Canyon County community has rallied behind their efforts to renovate this turn of the century building, originally built as a Carnegie Library in 1903. But what role was the building going to serve, and was it something the next generation of veterans who are starting to leave the military want to be part of? We knew that just because you build it does not mean they will come.
We worked closely with CVMH to create the vision of what a modernized version of a veteran service organization (VSO) could look like. It can't be overstated that even though we shared the same vision, it was absolutely essential that CVMH had the right leader in place to make this happen. Through this, the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall Mission43 Firebase was born.
When you walk into the newly renovated building, scheduled to open November 2017, you will know that the CVMH is focused on integrating Mission43 opportunities for military families in Canyon County. These are some of the things you can expect at our first Mission43 Firebase:
- Military spouses can meet face-to-face with their Guild Education advisor and apply for their Master's degree at one of four partner universities.
- Hire Heroes USA is finding quality and meaningful careers for the young men and women fresh out of the military.
- Team Red, White, and Blue meets up on the steps of the building before heading out on their weekly Monday night run.
- Team Rubicon stages people and equipment for the next operation like Op Payette Forward, where they did flood mitigation and snow removal last winter.
Through this partnership with CVMH, we are hopeful to create a model for other communities that want to empower, not enable, Idaho military families.