Rewrite the Cardboard

(Scroll through to see WHO else is has joined us to #RewriteTheCardboard!)

 

As an organization committed to the advancement of our nation’s heroes, our veterans, we embark on new campaign to “Rewrite the Cardboard."

 

We're calling on veterans and supporters (like you!) to hold the all-too-familiar cardboard sign, but with one important modification: instead of pleas for help, your sign will share how the VMC provides essential support, or how as a supporter you plan to join the movement (For example, one Veteran’s sign reads, “I have a job and can support my family thanks to VMC”).

 

The new campaign is intended to not only raise awareness of veteran homelessness, but give an authentic voice to veteran issues of today.

 

Participating in the VMC campaign is simple; supporters and social media advocates will need a piece of cardboard a writing utensil, and a hopeful message they would prefer to see written on a cardboard sign along with the hashtag #RewriteTheCardboard. VMC can be tagged on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VM_Center (@VM_Center) and on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VeteranCenter.

 

With the ongoing commitment on behalf of the city, state and several non-profits to End Veteran Homelessness, there is a clear, collective urgency to bring the challenges of our nation’s heroes to the forefront and the VMC is devoted to leading the charge. We hope that the “Rewrite the Cardboard” campaign will launch an honest conversation about the real concerns of veterans today and ultimately motivate our community to join in serving those who have served.

 

To view the movement, visit:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VeteranCenter

Twitter: @VM_Center

Instagram: @VM_Center

 

 

Will YOU #RewriteTheCardboard?

Ride for Freedom at Jeff Daniel's Jeeps

http://www.thereporteronline.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/storyimage/RO/20140929/NEWS/140929822/AR/0/AR-140929822.jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667

 Ride for Freedom in Lower Salford

 

By Eric Devlin, TheReporterOnline.com

 

Large crowds gathered to check out the different Jeeps during the ‘Be a Hero for a Hero- Ride for Freedom’ event in Lower Salford Sunday. The event, hosted by Jeff Daniel’s Jeep Customizing, benefitted the Veterans Multi-Service Center in Philadelphia.

 

http://www.thereporteronline.com/general-news/20140929/ride-for-freedom-in-lower-salford

Connecting Veterans to Careers

 

Shelly is a Navy veteran who came to Walker House as a licensed phlebotomist. Since her arrival, VMC staff has diligently worked to update her resume and get her connected to all local hospitals. We have great news on this front! Shelly was recently hired as a phlebotomist with Lab Corp and we look forward to her continued success!

Housing Veterans in Montgomery and Chester Counties

By MICHAELLE BOND; PHILLY.COM

 

 

CHESTER COUNTY -Center helped veterans find housing

 

WEST CHESTER - More than 100 veterans in Chester County are no longer homeless after a tri-county push to find permanent housing for veterans.

 

Earlier this year, Chester County committed to housing 100 veterans in 100 days. It placed 102 veterans in homes between March 17 and June 27, the county announced last week.

 

Montgomery County, which initially pledged to house 15 veterans, housed 30. Delaware County, which said it would house 36, housed 18 veterans, said Maura Gillen, a deputy executive director at the Veterans Multi-Service Center.

 

The center is headquartered in Philadelphia, but its Operating Base Cecelia is in Coatesville and serves the suburban counties.

 

William Griffin, an Army veteran, is living in a one-bedroom apartment in Coastesville thanks to the housing inititative. Griffin, 50, lived in his car for a few weeks after he got hurt at work and lost his income. "If it wasn't for this program, I would be homeless," he said. "I don't know what I would do."

 

Click the link to read the original article.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20140717_Chesco_center_helped_veterans_find_housing.html#2ic1LqAsmpbR0tsu.99

Perseverance Is Everything

 

Karen, a veteran that helped many other women veterans at Mary Walker House as an RA, was persistent in her pursuit of a career working with children as an educator. She recently obtained a position at Rosebuds Early Learning Center and will soon become a licensed teacher.


Congratulations, Karen! Perseverance is everything

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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