Olivia Christina Bush
Olivia Christina Bush is an Army brat. Her father, Chief Larry Bush Jr. (CW4) retired after serving 30 years as a U.S. Army Ranger in a Special Forces Unit. Ms. Bush's grandfather, Larry Bush Sr., served 17 years in the Army and drafted into one of the first Special Forces Units in 1958. Both of her sisters served in the military. Olivia’s eldest sister, Candice, is Gulf War Veteran of the US Army and younger sister, Catrina, is an Iraq War Veteran of the US Navy.
On July 7, 2007, Olivia Christina Bush founded The Bush Cares Project and developed The Lotus Project for Women Veterans program to empower female veterans to rebuild their lives after military service. The program recognized the need to create affordable housing options for homeless female veterans and their children due to the increasing number of women veterans experiencing unemployment and homelessness. In partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, The Lotus Project was awarded half a million dollars by HUD to provide housing for chronically disabled and homeless female veterans and their families.
As the Program Director of Women Veterans Services at Catholic Charities, she is working hard to increase awareness of the issues female veterans encounter and empower them to live their best life. Since November 2012, The Lotus Project for Women Veterans program has provided homes to women Veterans and their children. The program is designed to coach women to increase their self-sufficiency by providing life skills training, redevelop the interpersonal skills and career coaching. In 2015, Ms. Bush grew the Women Veterans Department to include emergency shelter and homeless preventions services which increase the budget from $500,000 to $3.5 million dollars in support services for women veterans. The lofty intention for the program is to end homelessness amongst veteran women permanently and poverty reduction. This innovative and unique program is one of few in the country the exclusively addresses the unique and complicated needs of women veterans.
Ms. Bush graduated from Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service with a Master's certification in Nonprofit Management. She resides in Houston, TX with her daughter, Natallia.