Volunteers Help ChesCo Vets

Over the last few months a dozen men and women from St. Cornelius Parish in Chadds Ford, Chester County have been volunteering their time at VMC “Operating Base Cecilia,” located in the former St. Cecilia School in Coatesville, PA.

“I realized that true needs are present right here in my own backyard...I don’t have to travel to foreign lands to find people in crisis” - VMC Volunteer Tim O'Malley

 

It's true! There still many Veterans that need the support of their community! Thank you to Tim and all of the volunteers from St. Cornelius Catholic Church for joining us to serve those who served!

Read the full article here.

Remembering Ed Lowry

 

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you, our founder and First Executive Director, Ed Lowry, passed away Sunday night April 12, 2015.

Mr. Lowry was not only the founding father of VMC, but one of the first veteran advocates in the city of Philadelphia to bring awareness to the lack of services offered those returning from military service. We will always remember his passion and dedication to our mission.

 

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Obituary of Edward Lowry

Edward John Lowry, age 71, died on April 12, 2015 after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

 

Ed was born and raised in Kensington, the son of John and Alice Lowry. He attended St. Hugh parish grade school and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1962. While at North Catholic, Ed played on the school soccer team and was selected All Catholic and All Scholastic in his senior year. The team won the 1960 and 1961 Catholic League Championship. Ed was inducted into the Northeast Catholic Alumni Soccer Hall of Fame on March 29, 2015.

 

Ed volunteered for military service with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era (09/63-09/65). While in the Army he served with the 2nd Infantry Division, the 11th Air Assault Division. Ed ended his Army service in September 1965, serving with the Headquarters Battery, 77th Artillery, 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Division.

 

Upon leaving the military, Ed served as a Police Officer in Philadelphia from April 1966 until October 1974. In 1980, while serving as Director of Veteran Affairs at Bucks County Community College, Ed received his Masters of Education Degree from the College of the State of New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Temple University with a major emphasis in Psychology/Criminology/Social Pathology.

 

Ed is the founding Director of the Vietnam Veterans Multi-Service Center, known today as the Veterans Multi-Service Center, Inc. Ed has advocated on behalf of veterans for 37 years. At the time of Ed's retirement in 2012, the Center served over 65,000 homeless, disabled or unemployed veterans, providing onsite training, and placing over 12,000 of these vets in meaningful jobs.

 

Ed was one of the founding fathers of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Penn's Landing dedicated to the 646 Philadelphians who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. In 2002, Ed was appointed to the national Veterans Employment and Training Committee by U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao. He served on this committee for 4 years.

 

Ed lived life to the fullest and enjoyed boating, golfing, hunting and vacationing in Wildwood, NJ. Most of all he enjoyed time spent with family and his many friends.

 

Ed is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia Halligan Lowry, Two daughters: Patricia and Allison Lowry, two sons: Edward Lowry, Jr. and his wife Lisa, and Michael Lowry and his wife Jennifer. He is the beloved grandfather of 8. Anthony and Matthew Morelli, Kaeleb and Payten Lowry, Edward John III, Gabriella, Gianna, and Lia Lowry. Also survived by sisters Jacqueline Sander (George), Kathleen Streff, Patricia Addison, and brother John Lowry (Kathleen) and many nieces and nephews. Brother of the late Joan Lindsey (David).

 

Viewing will be Thursday 6-9 PM at Kirk & Nice Suburban Chapel, 333 County Line Road, Feasterville, PA 19053. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 AM at Assumption BVM, 1900 Meadowbrook Road, Feasterville, PA 19053. Interment in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation "Tim's Troop", 2004 Sproul Road, Suite 208 Broomall PA 19008 . www.kirkandnicesuburban.com

 

 See more at: http://www.kirkandnicesuburban.com/tribute/details/11035/Edward_J_Lowry/obituary.html#tribute-start

VMC recognized at Bush Institute MSI Summit

We are happy to finally announce that the VMC was selected by the Bush Institute as one of the top 25 non-profits nationally, out of 46,000 possible non-profits, to be utilized as a model of those successfully serving those who have served.

 

Today, VMC’s Executive Director, Tim Williams, is at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas for the Military Service Initiative’s second national Summit in support of veterans and military families. The VMC, along with other leaders from the nonprofit, private, and philanthropic sectors, were invited to the summit to explore how non-profits and philanthropy can better serve post-9/11 veterans and military families.  The summit will even spotlight the top 25 nonprofits serving veterans, including the VMC, as organizations that best align funding with outcomes

 

We are proud to be recognized for delivering measurable results, but more importantly, we are honored that we are able serve those who served.

 

See the summit live:http://bit.ly/17gkWKJ

Philadelphia Will End Veteran Homelessness by Veterans Day

PhillyVetsHome2015:
Will End Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia this Veterans Day

 

Philadelphia, PA, April 10, 2016 – By Veterans Day of this year, there should be no homeless veteran in the City of Philadelphia.

 

This is the goal of the government agencies and private non-profit organizations working together on PhillyVetsHome2015, whose objective is to achieve “functional zero” of homelessness among Philadelphia’s veterans on, or before, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

 

Representatives from these agencies and organizations will meet Thursday, April 16 to plan the “home stretch” towards this significant milestone.  There will be a press conference at 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 16 At WHYY to announce how there will be no homeless veteran in Philadelphia by November 11, 2015.

 

While this declaration does not ensure that there will never again be a homeless veteran on Philadelphia’s streets, it does mean that every veteran who has crossed our coalition’s path since August 2013 will be housed and that any veteran who is in need of assistance can easily find support to find and maintain housing.

 

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter joined the national Mayor’s Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness. Only one city has reached the goal to date.

 

Progress towards the goal includes housing 862 homeless veterans since August 2013 and providing 560 more veterans with resources to find and maintain a home. 

 

There is an established a coalition of government agencies supporting this initiative, including the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the City of Philadelphia Office of Supportive Housing, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and non-profit agencies like the Veteran Multiservice Center, Project HOME, Impact Services Corporation, UESF, Neighborhood Housing Services (Fresh Start), Pathways to Housing PA, the State of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Mental Health Association, and the Homeless Advocacy Project.   

 

This coalition, using such resources as Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and HUD-VASH (Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing), has tried hard to meet each veteran’s needs.  The coalition maintains a “by-name” list of every homeless veteran in Philadelphia that has allowed the tracking of progress towards meeting the goal.

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VMC on SNJ Today!

Did you catch our Executive Director Tim Williams and SSVF Program Manager Ryan McGoldrick on Comcast Channel 22 with Derick Glenn for SNJ Today? They talked about expanding Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF) Programs into Delaware, South Jersey, and Central PA! 

 

If you missed it, don't worry! You can still watch the segment online here:http://bit.ly/1yG42lf

 

 

SNJToday

 

Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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