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

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

 

 

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Women Veterans Center Celebrates First Anniversary

VMC Women Veterans Center Celebrates First Anniversary

PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 12, 2015 – To celebrate one extraordinary year of serving local women veterans in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, the Women Veterans Center of the Veterans Multi-Service Center will host an open house this Wednesday, January 14th at 11:00 AM.

The Women Veterans Center, dedicated space on the ground floor of the VMC Headquarters in Old City, was opened by the VMC in January 2014 to address the specific and unique needs of women veterans and ensure all women veterans have equitable access to benefits services and resources. As of today, over 200 women have sought services from this program and this number is expected to continue rise along with the increasing women veteran population.

While still in its infancy, the VMC Women Veterans Center has been an invaluable resource to both local women veterans and the community at large. Last fall, physicians from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania partnered with the center to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing women veterans in an effort to improve health care services provided for these veterans.

At the First Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, Aronda Smith, the Women Veterans Coordinator and Army Desert Storm Veteran, will provide a Year-In-Review summary to discuss the growth of the past year and reveal future plans for the center.

WHO:  The VMC’s Women’s Veterans Center and Supporters

WHAT:  Open House to Celebrate First Anniversary

WHEN:   Wednesday, January 14th at 11:00AM

WHERE:       Women Veterans Center, VMC Headquarters, 213-217 N 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

VMC's Women Veterans Center on Fox 29 Philly

Many gathered as we celebrated the First Anniversary of our Women Veterans Center, including Fox29 Philly! Look for Women Veterans Coordinator and Army Desert Storm Veteran, Aronda Smith, on the 6pm Newst to hear about the successes of the Women Veterans Center's first year as well as future plans for 2015!

 

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New Orleans Success Sparks Discussion of Philadelphia’s Progress in Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative

New Orleans Success Sparks Discussion of Philadelphia’s Progress

in Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative

 

Philadelphia, PA January 9, 2015 – Earlier this week, when New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that his city has conquered the homeless veterans’ issue, members of veteran and homeless advocacy organizations in Philadelphia were reminded that our city is closer than ever to joining New Orleans in eliminating veteran homelessness.

 

"Through a ton of collaborative effort by the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) and many others, we are more than 50% of the way towards the goal of ending veteran homelessness in Philadelphia.  We will fight for every vet who needs housing to find a decent affordable place to live.  It is the least we can do for their service on our behalf," said Steve Culbertson, Director of Veteran and Housing Programs at Impact Services.  

 

Culbertson, along with a team of public and private non-profit organizations, is leading Philadelphia in the VA “25 Cities Initiative” which aims to build on President Obama’s 2009 announcement to end Veteran Homelessness by 2015 by accelerating the pace and integrating efforts in the 25 communities with the largest concentrations of those experiencing homelessness. As these cities with high veteran populations successfully stamp out veteran homelessness, the once wildly ambitious goal appears all the more attainable for Philadelphia.

 

Martha Kegel, Director of UNITY, the organization that led the final push in providing housing for homeless veterans in New Orleans, shed light on how this can be achieved in priority cities, “Of course you understand that going forward, it’s not like no one is ever going to become homeless again, but it’s about having a rapid response system in place so that the number of veterans who are in homelessness at any given point is never more than what you can house that month.” The VMC and other organizations spearheading the initiative locally, are following a similar model and after tremendous progress of 2014 (including housing 620 homeless veterans), expects to end veteran homelessness in Philadelphia by the end of this year.

 

Kathy Salerno, Director of Homeless Services at the VMC, is convinced the ambitious plan to end veteran homelessness in the city is attainable, with the support of the greater community as a whole. When asked how one can help, Salerno states “while we are always looking for property owners with units to rent,   support in the form of gift cards for food items, or move-in baskets to aid veterans in transition will make the difference in accomplishing our goals.” 

 

 

About the Veteran’s Multi Service Center (VMC) –Since 1980,the VMC has existed solely to “serve those who served” this great nation and their families. We are theonly non-profit agency in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas that provides a comprehensive resource center available to all Veterans In 2014 alone, the VMC housed over 500+ veterans and families and has boosted public discussion of Veteran Homelessness through their #RewriteTheCardboard social media campaign. For more information about the VMC, visit: www.VMCenter.org

About Impact Services - For 40 years, Impact Services, a non-profit in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, has worked to address the root causes of poverty and alleviate neighborhood distress. Impact’s Veteran Services department serves over 300 veterans a year offering homeless and disadvantaged veterans comprehensive sets of housing, employment, and supportive services. For more information about Impact Services, visit www.impact.org

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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