I have worked with individuals who are homeless and have a mental illness or co-occurring disorder for over 30 years and have served as the NC State PATH Contact for the last 16 years. I am an advocate and always discuss the issue of homelessness in meetings pertaining to lack of community mental health services. I also have served as the point person for programs and initiatives for older adults with mental health and substance use issues. I have recently begun program development for older Veterans who are homeless. I have a MS in Human Services with a concentration in Social and Community Services. I have had the opportunity to work in this field in 6 states due to my husband’s service in the Army. I have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.