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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09/20/2017 – Lieutenant General Scott Williams, USAF – Air Force Birthday Celebration:  11:30 am Air Force Birthday Celebration TIME OF EVENT:11:30 am The Armed Services Council invites all members and guests to attend our annual Air Force Birthday Celebration honoring Lieutenant General R. Scott Williams, Commander, 1 AF Air Forces Northern and Commander, Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. You’ll be flying high at this year’s Air Force Birthday luncheon! We are celebrating 70 years and still going strong! We are very pleased to have guest speaker, Lieutenant General Williams, on hand to give us a brief update on the current situations the Air Force is handling and what’s to come in the near future. As the Combined Force Air Component Commander for North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Joint Force Air Component Commander for U.S. Northern Command, Gen. Williams oversees three distinct missions: homeland air defense for the continental United States, aerial support of civil authorities, and theater security cooperation for North America. Additionally, 1 AF ensures the operational readiness of assigned, aligned or gained forces for homeland defense, defense support for civil authorities and world-wide AEF missions. Reception: 11:30am • Luncheon and program: Noon Reservations – 215-563-6500 Philadelphia Union League, 140 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

09/23/2017 – 1st Annual Philadelphia 9/11 Stair Climb:  7:00 am – 11:30 am The First Annual Philadelphia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police (PAPD) and EMS and who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, NYPD, PAPD and EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters is honored and that the world knows that we will never forget. The Stair Climb benefits the FDNY CSU, helps cover the costs for FDNY familes to attend Memorial Weekend, and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA

09/23/2017 – 4th Annual Donor & Friends Appreciation Event for The Chapel of Four Chaplains:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm THE CHAPEL OF FOUR CHAPLAINS INVITES YOU TO OUR 4th Annual Donor & Friends Appreciation Event Join us for this casual and fun event as we recognize our donors and friends and continue to raise awareness for our National Program. Catered Food, Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks, Raffles,  Children’s Games & Activities; A Free Will Offering Your sponsorship of $500 will help offset the costs of the event. Sponsorships include 10 raffle tickets + recognition on event materials. The day will begin promptly at 11:00am with: Presentation of Legion of Honor Awards to: The unveiling of a WWII Submarine Vets Memorial The unveiling of the 2nd  installment of bricks in the Lost at Sea Memorial. Hope to see you there! The Chapel of Four Chaplains, The Navy Yard – Bldg. 649, 1201 Constitution Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

09/24/2017 – Protecting the Thin Blue Line – Custom Car & Bike Show:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm Hold the Date!! We’re back at ATFD for another great show. Please jump on this and invite your friends. We’d love to see a huge turnout and show of support for our men in blue. All proceeds will benefit Aston Township Police Dept efforts to purchase upgraded vests for their officers and canine. Sponsored by the Aston Township Republican Club. DJ Anita will be rockin the house all day! Hannums Harley Davidson will be there showing some great bikes and awarding a $100 gift card to their pick for Top Harley! Bone Daddys Tattoo will be with us showing off some cool art work and rides! Over 50 trophies awarded to top cars/bikes! ALL years, makes and models of cars and bikes are welcome! Special Jeep category this year! Top 5 cars and Top 5 motorcycles chosen by attendee ballots. $10 per vehicle to register and includes entry, show poster, show t-shirt and door prize ticket. Thanks to Church’s Speed Shop and all the others that have stepped up to sponsor the shirts! $100 gets your name or business name or the back of our show shirts! Registration opens at 0800 and ends at noon sharp. Flea market! Only registered vehicles on Firehouse property. General parking across the street. NO PARKING ON DUTTON MILL RD Lots of food, beverages, vendors, games and door prizes!! This is a family friendly event. Please no pets, except Service dogs. Want your family name or business listed as a sponsor/supporter on the back of our show shirt? $100. Please message me for details. Use the link above for location. Firehouse is on Dutton Mill off of Rt 452 past Ice Works. Vendors needed. Please email carshowteam@comcast.net for details. More info to follow as we get closer. No rain date. Aston Township Fire Department, , Aston, PA

09/30/2017 – The DelCo Fallen Firefighter & EMS Memorial Softball Tournament:  8:30 am – 7:00 pm The 2017 Delaware County Fallen Firefighter & EMS Memorial Softball Tournament, being held at Camp Upland Park in Upland, PA. Opening Ceremony Starts at 08:30 with the first pitch at 09:00. The tournament is open to Delaware County Fire & EMS Organization Members and supports the mission of the Delaware County Fallen FIrefighter & EMS Memorial Committee. After much effort, the organizers of the tournament, Michael A Boyle and Michael Thomas Melazzo, have been able to work with the Memorial Committee to secure Camp Upland Park’s Fields for what should be a great day of Softball! Tournament Info: Cost of the tournament: $300.00 per team. Cost includes Entry Fee, Team Jersey’s and Softballs. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will be a single wall bat tournament. No composite bats allowed! Players MUST be members of the organization they are playing with. If they are not members, they must be a firefighter, EMT or Paramedic that is approved to play by the committee. If any team needs players to complete their roster, they are asked to let the committee members know ASAP so that they can assign players to the team. There will be a coaches meeting in the next few weeks to cover all the rules and expectations for the tournament. That Date, Location and Time is TBD and will be announced here. Rosters must be submitted by Monday Sept 11th to allow the committee time to have the shirts made. When you submit you roster, please include the players name and shirt size. Team jersey’s included are up to 15 shirts, anything over the 15 will be an additional cost of $10 each. Teams interested should contact: Michael Thomas Melazzo (on Facebook) or 484-568-3261 222 Wilde Ave Drexel Hill PA, 19026 and Michael A. Boyle for entry info. 610-457-7845 443 Westmont Dr. Collingdale Pa, 19023 Or that guy Gordon Pippin here on Facebook. Feel free to post questions or comments here and someone will get back to you asap. Camp Upland Park, 3704 6th St, Upland, PA

09/30/2017 – MC-LEF Philadelphia Gala: 6:30 pm On Saturday September 30th, 2017, the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation will hold its annual Philadelphia Dinner and Gala at 6:30pm at the Sugarhouse Casino Ballroom. The price of the ticket is $225.00 per person which includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dinner and free parking. Our Military Guest of Honor we be the Secretary of Homeland Security, former Marine Corps General John F. Kelly. Also attending will be Medal of Honor recipients Barney Barnum, Brian Thacker, Jack Jacobs, and Tom Kelly. The Eagle, Globe and Anchor Award will be presented to Thomas B. Fenerty, USAF, and the Semper fi award will be given to Terry Williamson, USMC. Information on reserving Gala seats, placing an Ad in our Program, Auction items and hotel deal can be found at http://www.mclefphila.org Sugarhouse Casino Ballroom, 1080 Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

10/01/2017 – 2nd Annual Give Blood Sweat Cheer Festival:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association Proudly Announces The 2nd Annual Give Blood, Give Sweat, Give Cheer Fitness and Family Fun Festival On Sunday October 1st with Special Guests Vance Johnson and Ralph Galati and Presenting Sponsor SAP Newtown Square, PA September 7th, 2017 The Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association officially announces the 2nd Annual Give Blood, Give Sweat, Give Cheer Festival on Sunday October 1st with presenting sponsor SAP. Festivities will be held at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial located at 4599 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square PA from 9am to 3pm, with all net proceeds going to operations and education of the Memorial. Former NFL wide receiver Vance Johnson and Veteran Silver Star US Air Force Captain Ralph Galati are this year’s special guest speakers. Mr. Johnson will be signing autographs and sharing his inspiring story as a former NFL star, his journey to sobriety and the life-saving work he does for festival sponsor, Futures Recovery Healthcare. Captain Galati will share his experiences as a POW at the Hanoi Hilton camp and how he is impacting Veterans today. The festival will consist of numerous activities for all ages including a Blood Drive organized by The Red Cross and fitness inspired events such as a 5k trail run, a group Yoga Session and various fitness challenges. Live music from Fender Jackson will entertain crowds throughout the day as patrons also enjoy access to a Kids Zone with bounce houses, games and exercise activities, food trucks and local retail vendors. Local brewery Stable 12 Brewing of Phoenixville will be showcasing a variety of their most popular beers as this year’s beer garden sponsor. “Last year’s festival was a true community success and we’re excited to bring more awareness and support to this world class memorial, while we highlight the dedication and sacrifice of all of our local veterans,” stated Nicole Robinson, board member of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association. “For the second year in a row we are blessed to have the commitment of our presenting sponsor, SAP, as well as a multitude of other generous sponsors. We’re looking forward to sharing a day of fun and fitness inspired activities with local families and residents while helping this local embodiment of our American Armed Forces and our military heroes,” finished Robinson. Headquartered locally in Newtown Square, SAP, the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer and world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue is the presenting sponsor of the festival for a second year. Other local organizations such as Main Line Health Systems, GMH Mortgage Services, National Realty Corporation and many others have also contributed to the event, ensuring the festival fiscal success once again. Local companies of all sizes are encouraged to join SAP through various sponsorship opportunities by visiting www.bloodsweatcheerfestival.com/sponsorship. “The Give Blood, Give Sweat, Give Cheer Festival and the supporting funds that will help the Veterans Memorial continue to grow also draws attention to the American Red Cross’ constant need for blood donations,” stated Robinson. “Starting at 9am, visitors can donate blood and afterwards enjoy the entire spectrum of the festival and cheer on their loved ones in the fitness events,” finished Robinson. For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, registering for the festival events, blood donation or volunteering for the event, please visit www.bloodsweatcheerfestival.com, or email at info@bloodsweatcheerfestival.com.   About SAP Helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. This is our enduring cause; our higher purpose. SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, SAP is the world’s third… Delaware County Veterans Memorial, 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA

10/06/2017 – Green Beret Foundation Fundraising Dinner:  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Councilman David Oh & Host Committee invite you to a Fundraising Dinner in support of the Green Beret Foundation (nonprofit, 501(c)3) on Friday, October 6, 6-10pm at Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 614 Washington Ave., Philadelphia. Buffet dinner, live entertainment, auction & raffle items, VIP guests & speakers. Proceeds benefit the scholarship programs of both Green Beret Foundation and Special Forces Association. Tickets are $65 and tables (10) is $500. Mail you check to Councilman David Oh, 319 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For more information: contact 215.686-3452 or david.oh@phila.gov Saigon Maxim Restaurant, 614 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA

10/07/2017 – 10/09/2017 – Boston & the Civil War:  8:00 am GENERAL MEADE SOCIETY FALL TRIP OCTOBER 7-9, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – ‘Boston & the Civil War’   Deluxe motorcoach trip; three days, two nights. Tour includes visit to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, Ft. Warren on George’s Island ;guided tour of Boston and Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge; tour of the US.S Constitution; Bunker Hill & Clara Barton historic sites. Cost $395.00 per person (double occupancy) includes deluxe accommodations, tours, and five meals.   CONTACT JERRY MC CORMICK (gedwinmc@msn.com or (215) 848-7753 FOR INFORMATION AND RESERVATION STATUS , , ,

11/05/2017 – Philadelphia Veterans Parade – 3rd Annual: 12:00 pm We are now accepting applications to participate in the 2017 Philadelphia Veterans Parade, which will be held on Nov. 5, 2017. Please apply early to ensure we have your complete information and enough time to communicate with your organization to meet your needs. For more information, visit http://wwww.phillyveteransparade.org Philadelphia Veterans Parade, Center City, Philadelphia, PA

11/11/2017 – 11/12/2017 – Siege Weekend: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Experience the battle that defined the Fort at our annual flagship event! Four full scripted battles tell the story of the greatest bombardment of the Revolutionary War. Guided tours, living history activities and demonstrations, musket drills, weapons demonstrations and so much more! Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm 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

11/24/2017 – Black POWDER Friday: 12:00 am Skip the mall and have a BLAST at Fort Mifflin the day after Thanksgiving! Spend the day exploring one of the only intact battlefields from the American Revolution and enjoy musket and cannon demonstrations! No long lines, no grumpy shoppers. Give thanks for the soldiers that fought here, allowing General Washington time to establish winter quarters in Valley Forge in 1777. Guided tours at NOON and 2 PM. Musket and cannon demonstrations ongoing. 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

12/02/2017 – 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

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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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