John Mendez - Bethesda Cares speaks Sunday, Dec. 2, 9:50 a.m.
Bethesda Cares provides services to homeless persons right here in our own town, helping get housing, healthcare, and jobs for folks in greatest need. John Mendez is director of Bethesda Cares, and will update us on the scope and nature of its work, and how we can be supportive of homeless people in our own neighborhoods.
John Mendez is the Executive Director of Bethesda Cares and has worked to provide coordinated care to vulnerable homeless populations for the past 18 years. While at Bethesda Cares, John has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for his work to end veterans homelessness. Also, in recognition of this work and military service, John had the distinct honor of being then Congressman Chris Van Hollen's guest at President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address to Congress. Later that year, John received the Dr. Wayne Fenton Memorial Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montgomery County.
Prior to joining Bethesda Cares, John worked to end homelessness in West Virginia, and was a member of the WV State Interagency Council on Homelessness that brought together public, private, and nonprofit representatives to collaborate on homelessness and housing issues. In addition, John served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he participated in Operations Provide Promise-Deny Flight (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) during two deployments with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during 1990s.
John is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. John and his wife Corey live in Montgomery County.