Who We Are

The Mission United team offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to benefit military community members who find themselves in need. Each of us has strong connections to our local military and veteran neighbors, and we are honored to serve those who have served us so faithfully.

What We Do

The Hampton Roads region boasts one of the largest military-connected populations in the nation – over 400,000 veterans, active duty members, and their families. When our military neighbors are in need, Mission United Hampton Roads stands ready to help, connecting them to community organizations that can provide relief. Mission United, a collective impact initiative spearheaded by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, is a free program that coordinates community services for active duty service members, veterans and their families, connecting them to affordable housing, job training, health care and other resources through a single entry point to the help they need.

Mission United serves the Hampton Roads military and veteran population including:

  • Active duty service members from all five branches, including the Reserves and National Guard
  • Military retirees
  • Military spouses and dependents
  • Caregivers
  • Veterans of any era with any discharge

Get Involved

We are constantly seeking new partners to be a part of Mission United to ensure that we are successfully meeting the needs of our service members, veterans, and their families. If you think your organization would be a good fit with Mission United, please send us an email

Our goal for this site is that it be a reflection of what our community needs and wants, so we invite you to share your ideas, feedback, and input. Do you have any recommendations? Thoughts on good military deals and discounts in the area? Have you heard about an event coming up that would be a great fit on our site? All of these answers are important facts that we want to hear about, so please send us an email to give us that feedback.

 

Are you a military family in need?

Staff

Tanya Canty

Tanya Canty

Senior Director

Tanya is a former Navy Chief Petty Officer. She has over 21 years’ experience as a leader, supervisor and personnel counselor. Tanya joined the United Way of South Hampton Roads in 2014 to serve as Director of Mission United Hampton Roads. She focuses on developing sustainable solutions to the problems facing our military connected families. All in and fully engaged, Tanya is passionate about helping service members and their families begin the next chapter of their lives in Hampton Roads. She also serves the community as the Adjutant for Disabled American Veteran, Chapter 21 in Norfolk; a member of Women Veterans ROCK!; board member of the Tidewater Military Family Services Council; and an alumna of Project Inclusion, a Board Governance Leadership and Development Program sponsored by United Way of South Hampton Roads. Tanya resides in Norfolk, Virginia.
Michelle Story, MSW

Michelle Story, MSW

Lead Case Manager

Michelle joins Mission United Hampton Roads from Sentara Hospital. A skilled social worker, she’s helped traumatic brain injury patients and others with neurological deficits. She has also helped incarcerated veterans, and contributed to their successful reintegration into our community. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University and a Master of Social Work degree from St. Leo University. A 15-year Navy veteran, she has a passion for helping those who have served our nation. Michelle is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Service Women’s Action Network. She has an adult daughter and lives in Virginia Beach.
Tiffany Zeiner

Tiffany Zeiner

Case Manager

Tiffany Zeiner joins the Mission United Hampton Roads team from Virginia Supportive Housing. Those who were transitioning out of homelessness greatly benefited from her case management skills there. Tiffany also has extensive experience caring for those suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. A military dependent, she resided for several years in Japan. She attended Department of Defense schools there, and now holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Virginia Wesleyan College. Tiffany is dedicated to the health and wellness of our neighbors in need. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers, the Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Association and is an active member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Mission United Agency Partners
Education, Training, Career Management & Employment

 

  • Collaborative Community Connections (C3)
  • Corporate America Supports You and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
  • Eggleston Services – Warrior Bridge
  • Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
  • Literacy for LIFE
  • Norfolk State University
  • NORFOLK WORKS Job Resource Center
  • Old Dominion University Military Connection Center
  • Onward to Opportunity, Hampton Roads
  • Opportunity Inc. of Hampton Roads
  • Peninsula READS
  • Peninsula Worklink One Stop Career Center
  • Regent University – Military Resource Center
  • STOP Inc.
  • Suffolk Workforce and Development Center
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads
  • USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
  • VersAbility Resources
  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Legal Assistance
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

 

Financial Assistance and Counseling
  • Armed Forces Services Corporation/CFPB Financial Coaching Initiative
  • Bank On Hampton Roads
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • Center for Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
  • STOP Inc.
  • The Up Center
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads
Housing (Assistance and Counseling)
  • American Red Cross – Disaster Recovery
  • ForKids, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
  • Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads
  • Lincoln Military Housing
  • LINK of Hampton Roads
  • STOP Inc.
  • The Planning Council
  • Lincoln Military Housing
  • Veteran’s Homefront
  • Veterans Intake Center
Healthcare and Mental Health
  • Bacon Street Youth and Family Services
  • Center for Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Give an Hour
  • The Barry Robinson Center
Food
  • FoodBank of Southeast Virginia
  • Foodbank of VA Peninsula
Family Support
  • American Red Cross
  • Angel Airlines for Veterans
  • Armed Services Arts Partnership
  • Bacon Street Youth and Family Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Military Mentoring
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • Center for Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Children’s Harbor
  • FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress)
  • ForKids, Inc.
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
  • Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg
  • Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging
  • Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
  • The Barry Robinson Center
  • The Planning Council
  • The Up Center
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads
  • USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
  • VersAbility Resources
Education, Training, Career Managment & Employment

 

  • Collaborative Community Connections (C3)
  • Corporate America Supports You and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
  • Eggleston Services – Warrior Bridge
  • Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
  • Literacy for LIFE
  • Norfolk State University
  • NORFOLK WORKS Job Resource Center
  • Old Dominion University Military Connection Center
  • Onward to Opportunity, Hampton Roads
  • Opportunity Inc. of Hampton Roads
  • Peninsula READS
  • Peninsula Worklink One Stop Career Center
  • Regent University
  • STOP Inc.
  • Suffolk Workforce and Development Center
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads
  • USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
  • VersAbility Resources
  • Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Legal Assistance
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

 

Financial Assistance and Counseling
  • Armed Forces Services Corporation/CFPB Financial Coaching Initiative
  • Bank On Hampton Roads
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • Center for Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
  • STOP Inc.
  • The Up Center
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads
Housing (Assistance and Counseling)
  • American Red Cross – Disaster Recovery
  • ForKids, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
  • Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads
  • Lincoln Military Housing
  • LINK of Hampton Roads
  • STOP Inc.
  • The Planning Council
  • Lincoln Military Housing
  • Veterans Homefront
  • Veterans Intake Center
Healthcare and Mental Health
  • Bacon Street Youth and Family Services
  • Center for Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Give an Hour
  • The Barry Robinson Center
Food
  • FoodBank of Southeast Virginia
  • Foodbank of VA Peninsula
Family Support
  • American Red Cross
  • Bacon Street Youth and Family Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Military Mentoring
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • Center for Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Children’s Harbor
  • FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress)
  • ForKids, Inc.
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
  • Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg
  • Housing Development Corporation of Hampton Roads
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging
  • Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
  • The Barry Robinson Center
  • The Planning Council
  • The Up Center
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads
  • USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
  • VersAbility Resources

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In The News: Mission United

Stone Soup volunteers prepare meals for 2,300 at local shelters

Stone Soup volunteers prepare meals for 2,300 at local shelters

Stone Soup volunteers prepare meals for 2,300 at local shelters More than 150 Women United volunteers and guests came together Feb. 3, 2018, at the 7th Annual Stone Soup event. They converted thousands of dollars of groceries into meals for the hungry. In less than...

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