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VETERANS MULTI- SERVICE CENTER
March 10, 2010

THE PHILADELPHIA VETERANS MULTI- SERVICE & EDUCATION CENTER INC is a one of kind non-profit organization. It is literally a One-Stop-Shop for Veteran's. This is exerpts from an article I wrote about this organization for Examiner.com. Philadelphia Veterans Multi-service and Educational Center may be one of the best-kept secrets in the City of Brotherly Love. Their mission since 1980 is to provide employment, training, and related educational services to all honorably discharged Veterans. And to provide social and human services counseling and referrals to less fortunate Veterans experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society. Pride and Service: Yesterday, this Examiner met with Lincoln Strehle, Director of Development and Information Technology. On a tour of the facility. The involved learning going on was evident floor by floor and center after center. Lincoln's pride in the very busy Center was evident as he talked about the PVMSEC's One-Stop-Shop for the tri-state honorable discharged Veterans. Where is this One -Stop-Shop? PVMSEC is tucked down on 4th street in the shadows of the Ben Franklin Bridge at 213-217 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA. The front entrance is on the side of the building. Inside is a greeter that directs everyone to their destination after they sign the log. The atmosphere is warm and friendly from the minute you walk through the door. Why is PVMSEC a One-Stop-Shop: In LIncoln's words, " Each of PVMSEC’s programs is intermeshed and coordinates a comprehensive approach developing individualized assistance to veterans in need. Veterans can receive their primary health care and behavioral health care at our onsite Community Based Outreach Clinic staffed by Philadelphia VA Personnel. Veterans can receive specialized training and help with job placement in our employment and training center. Those veterans who are homeless can receive food, clothing, a hot shower, haircuts and help with finding a place to live at our day-in-drop center. Additionally, we provide veterans resource assistance, veterans benefits counseling, GI Bill counseling, and veteran transition assistance." What technical sklls are provided? Lincoln emphasized, "We currently train veterans in Microsoft XP and Office 2003. PVMSEC employment and training programs are designed with the current job market in mind to allow veterans to acquire the necessary skills for demanding positions and to earn a livable wage. Each veteran enrolled in the employment and training program is assigned a job developer/case manager, who helps carve a course to the ultimate goal, finding employment. In addition, each veteran attends workshops on resume writing, interview techniques, financial and household budget skills, as well as life skills. Who is eligible to use PVMSEC services? The tri- state area of Southeast Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, and Southern New Jersey. is where most of the Centers Veteran population comes from. Please note:: ALL honorably discharged veterans are eligible for service at PVMSEC regardless of the state in which they come from. Call 215-923-VETS for more information and help finding the service needed. . Local businesses can now view skilled veterans resumes posted on the PVMSEC website free of charge. Employers can also post jobs for free after registering. Employment and training services assists with job placement as well. PVMSEC HOMEHEALTHCARE is available at PVMSEC. Services available and provided by Philadelphia VA Medical Center are VA Primary Medical and Behavioral Health Care is available at PVMSEC. Present daily is a mental health team which includes a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Registered Nurse, Social Worker, and Individual PTSD counseling. On regularly scheduled days, medical assessments, with appropriate treatment, medication prescriptions, as well as primary care services are provided. If the veteran is in need of emergency service or a specialist, they are referred to the main Philadelphia VA Medical Center. PVMSEC provides daily transportation to those veterans who have scheduled appointments as well as emergency situations. The service includes helping Vets that need help with registering the first time, filling out forms, and even transport to the VA hospital for services not availble at the center. Hours of operation at PVMSEC are 0830 to 1630. When the doors open breakfast is already cooking for those homeless Veterans in need of a hot meal. After the meal safety and rest from the streets is the intent of the Perimeter area. Lunch is also served to those Vets in the center at lunchtime. Donate Today: Your donation will help those honorably discharged Veterans who are in need of a helping hand. Please help PVMSEC to continue “Serving Those Who Served”. Donate Today! For more info: Become familiar with PVMSEC Next on PVMSEC: Target Green Economy Training for Women Veterans

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Some new and exciting things are on the horizon at PVMSEC and I look forward to being part of the Center going forward.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed being welcomed into the Center and seeking opportunities to serve at any level of volunteer.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Some staff are Veterans, advocating for their comrades needs. Some are non-Veteran but one would never know. They all have one mission, making the lives of Veterans better.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

So many Veteran's would be helped. Veterans'relate to and trust other Veteran's, especially those that have experienced the horrors of combat. PVMSEC is a haven by day for Veterans without a home and many others with life imbalances to begin getting back.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I am a volunteer to help where ever needed and also keep focus on PVMSEC through my topic in Examiner.com, which is Philadelphia Veteran's Health Examiner.