For Veterans Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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Find assistance as a vet, spouse, or dependent

One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Lincoln signed a law establishing the first federal veterans’ facility for disabled Civil War veterans. This facility gave root to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assistance programs.

Today, the VA offers many benefits and services to eligible veterans and connects our military service men and women with resources across the country. Share this information with a veteran you know, or an organization that helps veterans.

LINK: http://explore.va.gov/

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All employment information and career event information can be found here:

Pennsylvania Employment

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All housing information can be found here:

Pennsylvania Affordable Rentals

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Vet Center Services in Northeast Philadelphia
On the first and third Fridays of every month, the Vet Center in Northeast Philadelphia hosts a bilingual (Spanish/English) representative from the VA Regional Office who can help veterans apply for benefits, check the status of a claim or just answer questions about VA benefits. The Vet Center is located at 101 E. Olney Ave. For more information, please call 215-924-4670.
Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, assessment and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Services include individual, group, family, bereavement and military sexual trauma counseling. We also provide substance abuse assessment as well as employment, education and medical referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential. Other area Vet Centers are located in Center City Philadelphia, Bristol and Norristown, PA, as well as Ewing and Ventnor, NJ. Stop by the location that is most convenient for you.
More information about the Vet Center program can be found at vetcenter.va.gov.

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12/01/2017 – I’ll be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders: 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm I’ll be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders PhillyPops Annual Christmas Holiday Concert for veterans and first responders Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00pm Every Military and First Responder who registers will be contacted and set up with complimentary tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ill-be-home-for-christmas-a-salute-to-military-first-responders-tickets-36283538039 8:00 – 10:30PM – Christmas Salute Concert, Verizon Hall On December 2, 2017, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the Third Annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas — A Salute to the Military and First Responders will usher in the holiday season for 2,000 members of the service community with a night of magical music and generosity of spirit. This very special event also marks the culmination of the Philly POPS 2016 Salute Series. The Philly POPS Salute Series recognizes the service and sacrifice of those dedicated to a collective identity of American values and tradition. Military Uniform requested at the event. Fri, December 1, 2017 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EST Location Kimmel Center 300 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

12/01/2017 – I’ll be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders: 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm I’ll be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders PhillyPops Annual Christmas Holiday Concert for veterans and first responders Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00pm Every Military and First Responder who registers will be contacted and set up with complimentary tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ill-be-home-for-christmas-a-salute-to-military-first-responders-tickets-36283538039 8:00 – 10:30PM – Christmas Salute Concert, Verizon Hall On December 2, 2017, in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the Third Annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas — A Salute to the Military and First Responders will usher in the holiday season for 2,000 members of the service community with a night of magical music and generosity of spirit. This very special event also marks the culmination of the Philly POPS 2016 Salute Series. The Philly POPS Salute Series recognizes the service and sacrifice of those dedicated to a collective identity of American values and tradition. Military Uniform requested at the event. Fri, December 1, 2017 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EST Location Kimmel Center 300 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

12/02/2017 – World War II – Explore the Western Front: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Explore the Western Front of World War II and visit with Axis and Allied armies. Two exciting battles, living history, vintage gear, live medical demonstrations on “wounded” soldiers at the Red Cross Field Hospital, weapons and vehicles. 10 AM- 4 PM Tickets: $10 Adults, $8.00 Seniors, $4.00 VETERANS and Children under 12. ACTIVE MILITARY & Children under 5 are FREE. Tickets available at our website: www.fortmifflin.us Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, 6400 Hog Island Road, Philadelphia, PA

12/04/2017 – 5th Annual Veteran Shark Tank: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Veteran Shark Tank was created by Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN) as a way to help veterans who are starting their own businesses. Similar to the popular television show Shark Tank, aspiring Veteran entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a panel of ‘sharks’ and audience members, BUT, with a twist. Rather than an investment, our winners take home a cash prize of $10,000.The competition will allow Veteran entrepreneurs to sharpen their business pitch, gain feedback from business leaders, and compete for a cash prize, in-kind business support services, and create a Veteran network for life as they launch their new venture. Join us for an exceptional evening! Enjoy dinner at Philadelphia’s historic Union League, network with fellow veterans and entrepreneurs, watch the veterans pitch their ideas to the sharks, and prepare to be inspired For more information on how to participate or to attend the event, click here GPVN is proud to welcome Robert Irvine as our keynote speaker. Mr. Irvine is a celebrity chef who has appeared on and hosted a variety of Food Network programs including Worst Cooks in America, Restaurant: Impossible, and A Hero’s Welcome. Mr. Irvine is also a UK Navy Veteran and in 2014 he founded The Robert Irvine Foundation to honor the men and women of the military. Philadelphia Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

12/08/2017 – Army/Navy Dining Out: 5:30 pm The practice of DINING IN or DINING OUT (with spouses) is thought to have formally begun in 16th-century England, though some records indicate that militaries have held formal dinners as far back as the Roman Legions. The Vikings held formal ceremonies to honor and celebrate battles and heroes. During the 18th century, the British Military incorporated the practice of formal dining into their regimental mess system. Customs and rules of the mess were soon institutionalized rules, known as the “Queen’s Regulations”. The mess night or “DINING IN/OUT” became a tradition in all British regiments. The Americans, taking many of their traditions from the British military, held mess nights starting in the 18th century and the tradition continues today. The practice of DINING IN/OUT continues at the UNION LEAGUE the night before the Army/Navy and is the Armed Services Council’s Premier Event. Special Guest of honor will be Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, Director, Defense Health Agency, Medical Corp. United States Army. Commissioned in June 1979, Vice Adm. Raquel Bono obtained her baccalaureate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. She completed a surgical internship and a General Surgery residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and a Trauma and Critical Care fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk. Vice Admiral Bono is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and has an Executive MBA from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Her personal decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal (three), Legion of Merit Medal (four), Meritorious Service Medal (two) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (two). Union League members and guests are invited to attend a military DINING OUT in honor of the Army and Navy Classic to be held the following day at Lincoln Financial Field. Join military personnel, midshipmen, cadets and civilians for a grand evening to kick off the festivities. For those who have joined us before, you know what a treat this event is! For those who have not, start the tradition! Date: December 8, 2017 Reception: 5:30pm Dinner: 7:00 pm Dress Code: Black tie or formal Mess Dress for military Cost: $140 pp – $120 Active Military Reservations: Must be made at least three business days prior to the event at: activities@unionleague.org or 215-587-5585 Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

12/09/2017 – ARMY/NAVY GAME GET TOGETHER: 12:00 am ARMY/NAVY GAME GET TOGETHER MANAYUNK BREWERY December 9, 2017 Doors Open at 2:30PM Game Begins at 3:00 PM $15 pp – ALL YOU CAN EAT Navy Bean Soup Drink Specials Raffles/Door Prizes Bring your friends and families The MORE THE MERRIER Contact – Sherri Jones at edphillynavyleague@gmail.com Manayunk Brewery, 4120 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA

12/10/2017 – 12/25/2017 – Come Cross With Us!: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River and defeat of the Hessians in Trenton is considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Witness this historic event for yourself during one of two reenactments in December. Join fellow citizens from around the country for a Bucks County tradition featuring several hundred reenactors clad in Continental military dress and George Washington himself. Listen as General Washington delivers an inspiring speech and then leads his troops across the river in replica Durham boats. The first Crossing reenactment is set for Sunday, December 10, from 10 AM-4 PM (actual crossing begins at 1 PM). Special colonial-era activities and demonstrations occur throughout the day, providing a full day of fun and learning. It’s a great way to see the Crossing if you can’t make it on Christmas Day! Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children age five to 11, and free for those under five. Proceeds support future park programs. The Christmas Day reenacmtnet will be held from noon to 3 PM on December 25 (actual crossing begins at 1 PM). Admission is free. We suggest visitors arrive well before 1 PM to ensure a good place along the viewing line. Both river crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing, ceremonies, speeches and commemorative activities still occur. Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Rd, Washington Crossing, PA

12/16/2017 – Wreaths Across America: 10:00 am Wreaths Across America is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the values above by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at cemeteries across the country each December. This year, the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery will be participating in the program. For every wreath sponsored at Laurel Hill, the Friends receive $5 that will be used towards placing flag holders and procuring headstones for unmarked graves of veterans. The deadline to sponsor a wreath is Monday, November 27, 2017 Wreaths can be sponsored on The Laurel Hill Cemetery Fundraising Page https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=47144&relate=47083&utm_source=General+Interest_Laurel+Hill+Cemetery&utm_campaign=5e65f668e6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2043aedd0c-5e65f668e6-139825045 . Or by filling out and remitting a sponsorship form. The National Day of Wreath Laying will take place on Saturday, December 16 at 10am. The event is free and open to the public. Laurel Hill Cemetery, Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

12/18/2017 – Union League – Benjamin Franklin Post #405 – Holiday Reception: 6:00 pm Annual Post # 405 Holiday Reception – Monday, December 18, 2017 – 6:00 PM Union League – American Legion, Benjamin Franklin Post #405 welcomes members, veterans, retirees and guests to our annual Holiday Reception. OPEN TO ALL Beverages and hors d’oeuvres, light refreshments and a special presentation. Dress Code: Jacket and Tie for men. No jeans or sneakers please, Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

02/08/2018 – 50th Annual Four Chaplains Awards Banquet -75th Anniv of Sinking: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm On Feb. 8th, we will honor LT Surgeon General Nadja West, US Army as our Gold Medallion recipient for the 50th Annual Awards Banquet. Also recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Dorchester and the 70th Anniversary of the US Postal Stamp. Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, 1 Dock St, Philadelphia, PA

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Rapid Re-Housing for Veterans and Families

in NJ and PA

We are providing rapid re-housing for veterans and their families who are homeless or facing imminent eviction. Support services and temporary financial assistance may also be available to qualified veterans. Our Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program is currently serving veterans in:

Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties in New Jersey

Bucks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wyoming counties in Pennsylvania

LINK: http://www.communityhope-nj.org/supportive-services-for-veterans-families.php

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Pennsylvania –

FREE E.M.T Training for Veterans…
PathWays PA is currently enrolling Veterans in a FREE, high quality Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. This State approved 200 hour class will prepare Veterans for rewarding careers as Emergency Medical Technicians and serves as a vital qualification for jobs in many related fields. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED.

More info and To Enroll: ACT NOW – Call HeroesPath –(610) 543-5022 or email at heroespath@pathwayspa.org

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