Veterans Services

In honor of Veterans Day, we share this powerful poem/memoir by Benjamin P., a member of Project HOME and a veteran. He recited this poem at a recent community gathering, including photos of his squadron mates he honors in this poem. We thank Ben and all veterans for their service – and we pray for the families and friends of veterans who gave their lives for our country.

s.y.o.t.o.s.
(see you on the other side)

a poem by Benjamin P.

Project HOME and PECO recently celebrated the graduation of the latest PECO/Exelon Veterans Training and Employment Program class. The video above was shown as part of the presentation and highlights the program and graduate Thomas Walker, Jr., who is emblematic of the fine men and women who have successfully passed through the program over the years.

 

From CBS Philly

A dozen formerly homeless veterans celebrated Monday as they graduated from a special program designed to get them back into the workforce.

The ten men and two women graduated from the PECO/Exelon Veterans Training and Employment Program, a job skills and internship experience which leads to employment.

 

From Philly.com

City and federal officials said Thursday that Philadelphia had "effectively ended" homelessness among military veterans, meaning every veteran in the city who wants housing has it.

Since August 2013, officials said, 1,390 Philadelphia veterans have been connected to permanent housing. Mayor Nutter said 15 remain on the streets because they don't want to be housed.

 

From CBS Philly

Ten US military veterans, all formerly homeless, graduated today from a job training program during ceremonies at a center city Philadelphia hotel.

The five-year-old program helps these men and women rebuild their lives by getting the skills needed to handle a civilian workplace.

One graduate, Andre Hargrave, says he had a lot to learn after his time in the Army.

Vince Sangmeister has been part of Project HOME’s art program for over two years. By day, he works for the Philadelphia Alliance for Supportive Services to Veteran Families (PASSVF), where he works to rapidly rehouse homeless veterans. Before working for Project HOME, Vince’s professional experience encompassed working as a Russian Cryptologic Linguist for the U.S.

First Annual PECO/Project HOME Veteran Gathering

On the eve of Veterans’ Day, Employment Services hosted a gathering of alumni from the 2009 – 2014 PECO/Project HOME Veteran Employment Training programs as well as the current class of veteran interns who will be graduated in 2015. The gathering was accommodated in the beautiful Community Room at JBJ Soul Homes.

 

It was the day after Christmas 2012, and Robert Long was out of options.

The New Jersey native had seen his share of misery. From a childhood he describes as tough, to an adulthood marred by depression, substance abuse and divorce, he'd experienced more than enough to land him on Philadelphia's streets.

Still, for Long, a soft-spoken man with an affable manner and eyes that have witnessed too much, homelessness was beyond the pale.

Project HOME Goes to Washington

Our Philadelphia Alliance for Supportive Services to Veteran Families (PASSVF) program coordinator Jeanne Ciocca (center) recently joined Chris Fuentes (right of Jeanne), a veteran who received services through PASSVF, at the White House for the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness announcement.

 

One Step Away, Philadelphia's street newspaper, recently wrote up our  “Vets Finding a Home” art exhibit at 1515 Fairmount Avenue that is running until June 20. Click the link below to read more. Also, check out One Step Away's blog presence at Philly.com here.

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