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.

Here’s how GEICO got involved

GEICO’s claim adjusters saw first-hand the devastation of Hurricane Matthew here. They were moved to go above and beyond, and personally, help out local military families. They knew we’d be able to help them with that effort, which got picked up by one of our local tv stations.

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 and Training
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Opportunity Inc.
  • USO/RP6
  • Old Dominion University, Military Connection Center
  • Regent University, Military Resource Center
  • Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
Legal Assistance
  • Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
Financial Assistance and Counseling
  • UpCenter
  • STOP
  • American Red Cross
  • Financial Services Committee
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • ForKids
  • BankOn
  • USO
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program
Housing (Assistance and Counseling)
  • UpCenter
  • STOP
  • American Red Cross
  • Financial Services Committee
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • ForKids
  • BankOn
  • USO
  • Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads
  • Lincoln Military Housing
  • Veterans Homefront
  • Veterans Intake Center
Healthcare and Mental Health
  • Give an Hour
  • The Barry Robinson Center
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
Food
  • FoodBank of Southeast Virginia
  • Virginia Peninsula FoodBank
Family Support
  • Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
  • Corporate America Supports You
  • USO
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
  • The Planning Council
  • Children’s Harbor
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia
Employment
  • Eggleston – Warrior Bridge
  • Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
  • Corporate America Supports You
  • Opportunity Inc.
  • Virginia Transition Assistance Program
  • Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
  • Peninsula Worklink

You can Help!

In The News: Mission United

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Your donations to United for Children and Mission United will be matched, dollar for dollar, now through Dec. 31st! Help thousands of local families with children break the cycle of poverty, as well as local veterans and military-connected families in need!

 

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