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Charleston foundation focuses on veterans, first responders

Written By: Team CMC

A conversation in 2021 with a Marine veteran friend in the midst of a mental health struggle drove RJ Swist to help not just his friend but as many others as possible who are going through similar circumstances.

RJ's compassionate response evolved into a full-fledged mission when RJ's Mission Foundation officially became a non-profit entity two years ago. The Charleston, SC, organization's primary focus is on veterans facing homelessness or transitioning back to civilian life, providing a helping hand during these critical moments.

"RJ's Mission Foundation operates with a holistic approach, offering more than just goods," says RJ, who leads a dedicated group of volunteers and partnerships with companies and other organizations. "Many veterans need a warm place to stay as well as basic necessities, but most importantly they need someone who will sit with them and listen to their stories and needs. Our goal is to give them a comprehensive support system for those going through hard times in their lives."

The foundation spends much of their time supporting local transition homes in the Charleston area that offer more than shelter. It helps keep these pantries stocked with foods, toiletries, and paper products, ensuring that basic needs are met. Additionally, RJ's Foundation provides a monthly hot meal, along with donations, to contribute to the well-being of those transitioning back to civilian life.

The foundation has broadened its impact through a program called "Fuel Our Brave," which provides a monthly hot meal and supplies to local firehouses across the district the foundation serves.

"It's not just about sustenance, it's about expressing gratitude to those who risk their lives daily for our country and community," says RJ.

RJ's Mission Foundation embraces side projects when opportunities arise. Last Christmas it supported a group that makes cards for troops, raising an impressive $2,500 for postage so they could send more than 10,000 cards and 150 care packages to active military.

RJ's Mission Foundation stands as a testament to the power of individuals coming together to make a meaningful impact. By addressing immediate needs and fostering a sense of community, the foundation is not just offering aid but also restoring hope and dignity to those who have served and sacrificed.

"In a world often motivated by visible tragedies, we advocate for proactive giving," says RJ. "Addressing the ongoing crisis faced by those who are still with us builds a stronger foundation for generations to come."

Learn more at www.rjsmissionfoundation.org.


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