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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08/10/2017 – Philadelphia Veterans Job Fair: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Transitioning military, veterans, and their spouses can meet with recruiters from dozens of companies. These events are free for attendees. RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos are enhanced job fairs or career fairs with four kinds of exhibitors.Employers, Franchisors, Educational institutions and Veterans associations and service agencies. The Career Fair will take place in the West Club Lounge on the club level.Once parked in J Lot, enter the stadium via the West VIP Lobby Entrance and take the elevator or the escalator to the club level. TO register and/or see employers registered to date, click here Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

08/10/2017 – Phillies Night Fundraiser for The Chapel of Four Chaplains: 7:05 pm – 10:15 pm
Join The Chapel of Four Chaplains for a fun Night at the Phillies vs. NY Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets (subject to availability) are located in the: ARCADE (sections 233-237) @ $48.00 each (this includes $12 worth of concession credit that can be used for food/merchandise throughout the ballpark) $8.00 from every ticket sold will benefit the The Chapel of Four Chaplains programs. Ordering your tickets is simple: Go to: www.phillies.com/couponcode Click on “Buy tickets” button Go to the August 10 game date from the calendar and click the green “T” link – enter coupon code: TCFFC17 For questions or if you are unable to attend but would like to support the event, you may purchase a ticket or tickets for a veteran or active duty military personnel to attend by contacting Christine at 215-218-1943 or Christine@fourchaplains.org Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Park Way, Philadelphia, Pa

08/10/2017 – Phillies vs Mets: 7:05 pm
The General Meade Society will have their annual visit to Citizens Bank Park on Thursday evening August 10th. Our Phillies will take on the New York Mets with game time at 7:05 PM. All are invited to come out and see Our Nine in Major League action. We will be in Section 106 (Right Field lower stands) and the tickets are $30.00 each. Please contact Society Diamond Expert, Tom Kearney at turkeytk@aol.com or call him on his cell – 267 446 2935 for further information or to order tickets. See You In August and we can Play Ball!! Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA

08/12/2017 – Back to School Bash for Military Families: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free event for military and veteran families! It’s nearly that time of year again – students will be returning to school and we at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic are here to help our military and veteran families prepare for the upcoming school year. We are hosting a fun, family-friendly event and you’re invited! Join us for light refreshments, face painting, arts & crafts, and giveaways including: backpacks, school supplies, and door prizes. When: Saturday, August 12th from 10AM-1PM Where: 3535 Market Street, Suite 670, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Spots are limited, registration required. RSVP online by August 5th here: www.med.upenn.edu/mfc/bash.html Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market Street, Suite 670, Philadelphia, PA

08/18/2017 – Emilio Ranieri Memorial Bike Run – Legion Riders: 10:00 am Sponsored by Freeland American Legion Riders Post 473 The ride starts at American Legion Riders Post 473, 523 Center Street in Freeland. Registration begins at 10:00 am and motorcycles go out at 12:00 pm. The ride ends with a meal, live entertainment and more. For more information call (570) 436-7570 American Legion Freeland, 523 Center Street, Freeland, PA

08/19/2017 – Project Blue Light Memorial Ride to Stop Police Suicide – bikes, motorcycles, cars: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Ride will form at Philadelphia Police Academy, 8501 State Rd, Philadelphia at 1pam. The route will continue through Philadelphia and loop to the Living Flame Memorial, Franklin Square Pakc (corner of North Sixth and Race Streets_ and back to the Philadelphia Academy. Wear blue to honor the Blue Light Project. All bikes, motorcycles, car clubs are welcome. FREE. To register, click here . To purchase a T-Shirt, click here – deadline date to purchase T-shirts is June 30th – they will not be available on the day of ride. The Project Blue Light Memorial Ride T-shirt sale is our only income and the money raised, along with generous sponsors and the support of the Philadelphia Police Department allows us to host the ride and at least provide some refreshments at the event. Any additional funds raised will further our efforts to honor the fallen and support those left behind. The Project Blue Light Memorial Ride – We Ride to Stop Police Suicide . The Ride was started by the brother of a Philadelphia Police Officer who died by suicide in Dec 2010. Philadelphia Police Academy, 8501 State Rd, Philadelphia, PA

08/19/2017 – Black Tie Fashion Style Gala: 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm This event you can expect a Red Carpet entrance with photo opportunities, as the red carpet continues into the lobby area where they will be VIP’s and Special Guest doing photo ops with our attendees. Immediately after this you will have a personal escort into the Grand Ballroom. Where we will have a cocktail reception, a host of wine and spirits bar, silent/live auctions, 3 course dinner, modeling, guest speaker, dancing as well as an awards ceremony. This event attendees and guest are from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia and New York. There will also be local and state officials in attendance. This event will be a memorable program. We will have attendees from sports franchises, Talk radio and TV celebrities and musical entertainers. All proceeds from this event support Warriors of America to ensure the proper assistant to all Veterans and their families. The Warriors of America is to empower serving and former members of the United States Armed Forces with a permanent or chronic physical or mental health injury/illness, to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle. Serving more than 500 ill/injured members and their families, the Warriors of America provides individual support (including funds for food, clothing, training, utilities, rent, travel and other life hardships) and offers clinics and camps that promote recreational activities for the veteran and their family. The Soldier On Program is an invaluable service through which moral support is provided to members recovering from an illness/injury and connects those with like challenges and experiences. World Harvest Outreach, 1090 Wayne Ave, Chambersburg, pa

08/27/2017 – Rolling Thunder Poker RUn: 9:00 am The ride starts at Tramontin Harley-Davidson, 482 Hope Blairstown Road in Hope. Registration is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 per person. The ride ends with food, music, prizes and more. For more information call (908) 455-0709 or go to http://www.rollingthundernj3.wixsite.com/rtnj3. Tramontin Harley-Davidson, 482 Hope Blairstown Road, Hope, PA

09/09/2017 – Block Party & Car Show: All Day Delaware Valley Veterans Home, 2701 Southampton Rd, Philadelphia, pa

09/10/2017 – Lancaster 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb: All Day Onsite Registration: 0800 Climb Start Time: 0900 Climb End Time: 1200 Online registration is open until midnight Saturday, August 26th. You can register onsite the day of the event starting at 8:00 AM. The 9/11 Lancaster Memorial Stair Climb is a way for all firefighters to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter 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 Counseling Services Unit, helps cover the costs for FDNY families to attend Memorial Weekend, and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters. More info http://www.lancasterstairclimb.org/ Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA

09/11/2017 – 09/15/2017 – Phila Police Baseball Liberty Classic to Support PAL: All Day Sept 11th-15th 2017 This fall the Phila Police BlueSox Baseball Team will be hosting a nation baseball tournament of Police and Fire Dept baseball teams from across the country, proceeds for the tournament will be donated to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia. Every team will be guaranteed 3 games. We will have several evenings planned for players and coaches to get together, starting the 1st evening for coaches meeting and players meet/greet at our Beautiful new FOP, a Phillies Tailgate party and phillies game. Our FOP#5 7c Lounge Late night full kitchen/bar Full Gym Cop Shop (phila police souvenir shop) Sluggersville indoor baseball facility (Official training facility of Phila Police baseball) Sluggersville has opened its doors up to any player/team in tournament that would like to get loose, & take some swings or just throw the Ball around. Fields Temple University (ambler campus) Eastern University Richie Ashburn Fields (2) (FDR Park) Ryan Howard Field (Hunting Park) Penn University (pending) Campbells Field (pending) Hotels 4 point Sheraton (NE Philly) -$119 per night -free parking -2 mile from FOP Holiday Inn (Parx Casino) -$104 Per night -Free Breakfast & Parking -@ Casino Radison Bensalem -$109 per night -free parking -shuttle serve to FOP & Casino -3 mile from FOP -2 mile from casino Holiday inn Penn landing -$119 per night -free breakfast – 3 mile from downtown Philly Sept 11th-Coaches meeting/players meet/greet Sept 12-Tournament begins Sept13-Tournament play -Phillies Tailgate party/Phillies Game Sept 14-tournament play/ playoffs begin Sept 15- Playoffs/championship game https://www.facebook.com/events/245612255898831/ FOP Lodge #5, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA

09/15/2017 – PVVM 30th Observance and POW-MIA Day “Missing Man” Ceremony: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorila, Columbus Blvd. & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, 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

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

UPDATED 08-09-17
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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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