Each year, the Arizona Interfaith Movement recognizes individuals and groups in Arizona who live out the Golden Rule. The Arizona Interfaith Movement works to bridge the gaps between different religions so all believers can live in peace with their different faiths.
This year, MANA House Founder Terry Araman received the Service to Veterans Golden Rule Award for demonstrating unwavering dedication in caring for the well-being of veterans facing homelessness and modeling Golden Rule compassion and humanity.
“I have gone through episodes of homelessness and joblessness, without having a support system to fall back on,” said Araman. “I know how homelessness can be a major blow to a person’s self- image.”
Araman is a Vietnam veteran who has personally experienced what it feels like to be misunderstood and unappreciated for his service. “We have an obligation to provide the support and care necessary to insure that all veterans are able to live their lives in dignity and good health, without the added trauma of homelessness,” said Araman.
Araman co-founded the Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA) in 2008 with other Phoenix veterans and grew it to become a nationally-known program serving hundreds of veterans in the Valley. Only three years after its launch, the success of the MSVA program got Araman invited to the White House in 2011 to speak about ending veteran homelessness.
As MSVA grew—it needed greater support and went under the operation of Catholic Charities on October 1, 2015. MSVA took on the new name MANA (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) House program. Araman knows serves as a contracted senior manager for MANA House.
“Any man or woman who enters the military has answered a call to serve, their family, their community and their country. Often the experiences and traumas of combat, along with disconnection from family and support groups, result in difficulties readjusting to civilian life. We owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans, who contributed their time and energy to insure that all of our citizens remain safe and free,” says Araman.