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Students from NEHS #RewriteTheCardboard! 

Shout out to the amazing students at Northeast High School for joining us to #RewriteTheCardboard!

In an effort to reduce food waste, this team of students is participating in The Aspen Challenge. They have collected perishable and non-perishable foods that otherwise would be thrown away and donated them to our kitchen!

Monday through Friday we serve breakfast AND lunch to local Veterans and donations like these are incredible. We are grateful to be part of this creative initiative. Way to go NEHS Meraki Vikings!

(Sign reads: "We are Team Meraki. We reduce food waste and donate food with love, passion, and purpose to #RewriteTheCardboard")

Reaching our Goal in Delaware!

Today, Vice President BidenU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Delaware Governor Jack Markell have announced the END of Veteran Homelessness in #Delaware! VMC is proud to be part of the announcement of this historic milestone and to continue this important work throughout the region. What better way to celebrate Veterans Day?! #RewriteTheCardboard

 

Read more:

From the Delaware News Journal: Michelle Obama Highlights Dover's Work for Homeless and Officials celebrate 'effective end' to veteran homelessness

 

 

Veterans Project Awarded Tax Credits

Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits and PennHOMES Funding for Affordable Multifamily Developments in Pennsylvania

Funding Administered by PHFA Will Support Construction and Rehabilitation of 39 Developments Statewide

 

July 14, 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of $40.3 million in tax credits and $5.9 million in PennHOMES funding for the construction of 39 affordable multifamily housing developments located throughout Pennsylvania. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board.

 

The tax credits awarded to developers will be used to attract more than $407 million of investment funding for building, and rehabilitating, multifamily housing offering affordable rents.

 

“This tax credit program touches many lives by making affordable housing available through a powerful partnership between the public and private sectors,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania communities win because the program makes possible the construction of housing for seniors, veterans and others that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.”

 

When completed, the developments receiving funding today will preserve and create an additional 1,875 rental housing units for Pennsylvania residents.

 

Read full press release here.

 

VMC Veterans Community Awarded Tax Credit

We are happy to announce our vision for a Veteran Community in partnership with Orens Brothers Real Estate was one of 8 in the Philadelphia area awarded funding and will soon be a reality! The project, Edison 64 Veterans Community, will provide affordable housing for Veterans with a rich array of on-site supportive services. The project offers permanent units of affordable rental housing and involves the adaptive reuse of the former Edison High School into a highly sustainable building and valuable resource to the community. 

Helping fellow vets make transition

Tim Perimeter

At the VMC, we know what it means to serve.

 

The majority of our staff are Veterans themselves who understand the challenges Vets face when coming home. Our Executive Director, Retired Army Col. Tim Williams, is no exception...

 

This week, he told Philly.com about his transition to civilian life:

 

"My entire identity was tied up in wearing a uniform since I was 17," he said. "I turned 18 in basic training. Emotionally, retirement was tough on me. I thought I was ready… but I wasn't prepared mentally for what happened to me…

 

"I'm a Special Forces guy. I thrive on volatile and uncertain environments. So it took me six months to come to grips with never wearing a uniform again."

 

Williams has seen many friends leave the service and "have nothing to strive for, and get lost. Or some come home with issues which are exacerbated" without daily routines.

 

Now, he is dedicated to helping his fellow Veterans make the transition.

 

He oversees our staff of 135 people across 11 facilities in three states, including two transitional-housing facilities on the grounds of Coatesville VA Medical Center; a thrift store on Frankford Avenue; and Central PA and South Jersey.

 

The VMC is no small operation, but there is a lot of work to be done.

 

Join Tim and the VMC to help our Vets in transition: Donate Today!

VMC Finalist for Wawa Hero Award

 VMC chosen as one of four finalists for the first-ever “Wawa Foundation Hero Award”.

 

This honor is to be given to non-profit organizations serving the greater Philadelphia area that assist others and help advance communities through preserving our freedom, protecting our safety, inspiring learning, and encouraging and empowering others to become better citizens and community members. 

 

The winning organization will receive a $50,000 grant from The Wawa Foundation, and three runners-up will each receive $10,000 grant.

 

On Wednesday, June 15th, Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens announced the four finalists were selected among more than 300 submissions and asked for the public's assistance in determining the final selection.

 

Public voting will take place at www.TheWawaFoundation.org from Monday, June 20 to Wednesday, June 29. The winner will be announced during the morning ceremony on July 4th.

 

**UPDATE:  Thanks for voting! We are so proud to have been selected as one of the first ever Wawa Hero Award Finalists. Thank you for your votes and on-going support of our Veterans. Congrats to SPIN for taking home the gold! Below is a photo of all finalists at the 4th of July Ceremony in Independence Mall.

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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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