Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia (VEO) & Frantz Fortune
Frantz Fortune is the Executive Director of Veterans Empowerment Organization, also known as (VEO). This organization was created & founded by Frantz Fortune, a social worker with years of experience working directly with the homeless population. 40yr old Frantz Fortune is a dedicated husband who has been married 17 years and a father of two, ages 8 years and 16 years old. Fortune is a native of Haiti and has resided in the states for the past 22 years. Prior to running the VEO Program, Fortune was a real estate investor that began in 1999, up until the economic crash in 2008. During that time Fortune took advantage of the crash and created an opportunity to build the Veterans Empowerment Organization. He says it keeps him very busy, but it’s something he loves doing. Fortune stated “I’m a selfless person and I have a desire to help.”
Frantz made a point to say that “I don’t let trouble bother me, I just do what is needed to help.” He even explained to his children “you’re going to have to share daddy” knowing that the time spent away from home will be time invested in helping feed, clothe and shelter the homeless vets and to help them to regain their independence and dignity. “I have an awesome wife who allows me to be away while she takes care of home, so I can work” says Fortune. His passion for serving others is a part of who he is but, he also remembers when he left a third world country to come to the United States, how he was afforded opportunities when he needed it; looks like he’s paying it forward, literally Fortune has used most of his own money to develop this program, but he can’t do it alone; any support is always welcomed and appreciated.
Frantz has big ideas, big dreams and a desire to see a VEO opened in every city and/or state in the U.S. He would even like to see other organizations like VEO help to solve what he calls a crisis, stating that there are 300,000 homeless vets in the U.S. and 2,000 in Atlanta alone. He Spends time getting to know the Vets, which helped him to learn the man and understand them as humans and not just homeless. Fortune is very ambitious in his dreams and desires to help the homeless; he also has a desire and goal to open a canteen to feed the homeless. According to VEO, today Fortune is helping Atlanta to solve its homelessness problem through his work with The United Way and the Positive Outlook Foundation. “We seek to create living conditions that will promote independence, dignity, and a sense of purpose for veterans who are currently under served and in need, including the mentally ill, those who have substance abuse problems, or physical disabilities.”
To help Frantz Fortune in his quest to get homeless veterans off the streets, don’t hesitate to stop by the VEO of Georgia to lend a helping hand or donate food, money, or your time. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, every little bit helps, so be a blessing.