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Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania provides essential housing, employment and other vital supportive services to eligible veterans, service members and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life. We work "in the trenches" with these homeless, poor, and middle class individuals who are doing the difficult work of rebuilding their lives after military service.

Results: Housing Programs Job Search Assistance Veterans Information Resource Case Management Services Referral Services

Target demographics: provide essential housing, employment, and vital support services to eligible local Veterans, service members, and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Serve over 2,100 Veterans and service members, make 5,000 referrals for essential services, and operate one of the most effective homeless Veteran employment programs that place Veterans in meaningful jobs

Geographic areas served: 14 counties of Southwestern PA

Programs: essential housing, employment, and vital support services with the goal of improving their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

An amazing Veterans Service Organization that goes above and beyond to accomplish their mission of empowering Veterans and their families.

Deb K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure and God send to have a program dedicated to female veterans. It has been informative and fun to get to know other female vets. I would not have met them otherwise.

Leona S.

Client Served

Rating: 1

The Women Veterans Leadership coordinator is excellent. She is bringing all the women veterans on a regular basis. I'm meeting new women and making new friends thru her effort. It's a great program

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with VLP is as one of their community partners; specifically I am a landlord who works with VLP to house veterans via their SSVF and GPD programs. I am impressed by their professionalism, their efficiency, their dedication, and the care and compassion they extend not only to their veteran clients but to their community partners as well. It is always a joy to work with VLP!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the Vlp has been life saving because of the employee who assisted me with getting help when I most needed it. Danielle was compassionate, considerate and Assertive. She helped save my family and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a Navy veteran who after being homeless and on top of that I also identify as a transgender woman, many places as well as Family and friends couldn't/wouldn't or didn't understand my PTSD,, Depression ,yet the Veterans Leadership Program DIDN'T HESITATE to extend their hand of help to a fellow Military Veteran no matter how,what all that I was and am a MILITARY VETERAN IN NEED ....Thank you from the bottom of my heart it feels good to know that THERE ARE OTHERS THAT HAVE MY
SIX!!
SINCERELY JAYME LYNN McIntyre...USNavy vet proud

1 Ginger K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve met quite a few of these amazing women involved and they are doing fantastic things for the community. We are lucky to have them.

Martin G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program helped my brother get through some difficult times after he got back. It brings together individuals so they can share their stories and help others who have been through some of the hardest times of their lives. This program has helped saved lives and it will continue to do so, because sometimes even the toughest people need a little help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VLP is a wonderful organization that helps so many of our local veterans. I have been fortunate enough to participate in several of their fundraisers and each of them have been a wonderful community event that have led to success in fundraising and awareness.

Daniel B.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

The only thing better about the mission is the people who work at VLP. Toshua and Melissa are the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see veterans live's being changed everyday through the help they receive at VLP.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a recipient of the good works of the Veterans leadership program for several years, the program has helped me in many ways and have made my life so much better! without them I know my life would be extremely hard. Any Veteran that is in search of a professional and caring group of people then the Veterans leadership program is for you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization with a compassionate staff serving our local veterans

Client Served

Rating: 5

I hit rock bottom in my life. However, with the help of VLP of Pittsburgh I was able to get back on my feet and continue to move forward! They offer excellent programs and the staff was patient and welcoming.

Bob A.3

Donor

Rating: 5

i am a vet who wants to help other vets. this organization goes above and beyond helping our vets. proud to be part od this organization in some small way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down, the most effective VSO in Western Pennsylvania!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We hosted a lift-athon in partnership with VLP. They are great people and Dan Blevins did an awesome job of organizing every detail that helped raise over $11,000 for homeless veterans in this area. This is a great organization that always has our veterans best interest at heart.

Adam C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have not needed their services. I have been involved with volunteering on several different occasions. Their staff is always courteous and knowledgeable. Their organization has given me the opportunity to give back to the Veteran community. The work they do to assist veterans is outstanding. It is a honor to know such people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this program through the Crucible as well as the Homeless Heroes Stocking Project, which provided supply stockings to over 1000 homeless veterans in the western PA area. I have seen firsthand the amazing impact this organization has had in our community

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Veterans Leadership Program gives homeless veterans a way forward in life; a path to self-sufficiency. The work they do in the community is literally life changing and life saving.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VLP has helped our local veterans in so many ways. It is an immeasurably valuable program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about this program. The staff I've encountered working with veterans are dedicated, knowledgeable and readily accessible. Their help in connecting veterans with affordable housing and employment programs are second to none. If you don't know where to turn this is a good place to start with supportive services provided that can help or connect you with someone that can. Many kudos to VLP for doing things right.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity and pleasure to participate in one of their events this summer, 335-Ride to Dc for veterans programs. The event is reflection of a well run team of people, one of best tour events we've seen all year long on Great Allegheny Passage. Their plans and turnout were exceptional. Professionally they worked in concert with locals all along the route. The event raised tens of thousands of dollars and me, like others are already committed to repeat and participate again in 2018. Great people doing fantastic things!

Josh L.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This program has been instrumental in assisting our veterans in finding appropriate housing options and employment. Their assistance in helping veterans maintain their housing and employment post discharge has been invaluable

Donor

Rating: 5

Some of the greatest men I have ever met. The VLP is blazing the trail with how they support our greatest heroes.
I am proud to know them.
Please contact Staff Sargent Daniel Blevins and lend a hand.
They are patriots and heroes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VLP has helped me in ways no other organization has. The staff are respectful and eager to help when your down. Thanks again VLP.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VLP is an amazing organization that helps out many Veterans. Thank you to all the Johnstown Staff for all that you do. I wouldnt be in the place I am today without the help of all of you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that supports veterans in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing Organization that truly is set out to help our Brothers and Sisters.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been apart of many organizations that help Veterans. VETERANS Leadership Program is by far the best local organizations that helps my fellow Veterans. VLP took the time to help my wife and gave her the support she needed to help me. If your a Veteran that needs help find away to get hold of VLP. If your a doner or volunteer your generosity will definitely be used wisely here at VLP.

I'm a Veteran I give VLP 10 stars. Thank you to all the members at VLP. John Conway

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) almost since its inception in 1982. I served on the board for 22 years and was board chair five of those years. Over this time I have witnessed how the staff has helped literally thousands of veterans and their families in so many ways from finding employment, obtaining necessary medical treatment, finding housing and offering support in big and small ways. The testimonials we have on record speak volumes to this organization's work. It is so easy to write about VLP as I have witnessed their great work over these many years. I am currently serving as the Veteran Mentor Program Coordinator where we are seeking Veteran Mentors who can work with Veteran Court Participants. Mentors are trained volunteers who have served in the US Military and who work with a specific Veteran as he or she progresses through their involvement with the court. Mentors serve as liaison, an advocate and guide to fellow veterans as they work to address issues related to their criminal case. I mention this program as it is one example of how VLP is helping Veterans. I truly feel that the Veterans Leadership Program should be selected as a Great Nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a navy veteran. I recently lost my job with alcoa. One benefit was to further my education. I chose cdl school. I graduated and recieved my cdl. Ive submitted alot of resumes to no avail. I need to stay local at this time. I had no where to turn to. My rent wss due. The veterans leadership program stepped up to help me. Helped me rent and redid my resume. Now i have some offers . i would of been another homeless vet if it wasnt for the vlp program. Thank you staff. Particuliarly. Ken, Katie, n Dan. Truly u r special people. To do what you do. I salute you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The VLP program is great. It was a major help and blessing to me. I don't know what I would have done without it. I recommend this program to any veteran who needs help. The program has many ways to help veterans, including: rent, moving expenses, furniture, jobs, vision, eye glasses, health, and much more.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that assists local Veterans, Service Members, and their families with essential housing, employment, and other supportive services.

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Client Served

Rating: 2

I filled out a TON of paperwork, and was told by one employee there that I'd receive help within the next week in paying my past due rent so I didn't get evicted. So I relayed that to my landlord. A week later, another employee called me, and said she's be handling my case. She told me I wouldn't be receiving any help. She told me to go apply for Section 8. So I looked like a liar to my landlord and applying for Section 8 wasn't going to stop me from getting evicted. I don't know if they just don't have the resources to help people or they got new staff or what. When I lost my job many people recommended I go to VLP for help. I'm a female vet with kids and this was the first time I'd ever needed help for anything. I have a bachelors degree and have no alcohol or drug history. I've always held a job and had never been in trouble. I was just in a temporary rough patch. I finally had worked up the courage to go ask for help because I didn't have any other options and they weren't very nice. The lady said if they helped me "I'd just end up in the same situation again." Thankfully, I'm now back on my feet and employed at a Fortune 500 company, no thanks to them.