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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Support, Job Training, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To provide services, programs, opportunity and advancement to Veterans of the U.S. military and their families.

Results: Each year VMC: Serves over 2,500 individual Veterans in need. Enrolls 200 Veterans in training program and places over 120 in Jobs. Provides 172,000 meals annually to homeless veterans Helps 350+ Veterans file for VA benefits

Target demographics: United Stated Military Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500 +

Geographic areas served: Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Northern Delaware

Programs: Veteran Benefit / Entitlement Assistance; Employment and Training Services; The Perimeter (homeless day service center); LZ II (95 Bed male transitional housing residence); The Mary E. Walker House (30 bed female transitional housing residence); Supportive Services for Veterans and Families; Shelter Plus Care (30 Units of Subsidized housing); Supportive Housing Program (10 Units of Subsidized housing).

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps veterans of all eras with a holistic approach to working their issues on a personal level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization who really help Veterans across the full spectrum. 95-96% of all donations go directly to supporting Veterans---compare this number with other Non-Profits and you will be impressed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam Veteran. I came to the PVMSEC more than 10 years ago for help. It was truly one of the best decisions I ever made. My life has changed dramatically because of the care I have received. If you are a soldier or you know a soldier in need please contact the Center and ask for help, you'll be glad you did. I know I am.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father is a Vietnam Veteran and received help from The Veterans Multi-Service Center in the early 2000's with his VA benefits claim. Their Veterans Benefits counselor worked with him one-on-one and submitted his claim to the VA. My fathers benefits claim was awarded very quickly and now he receives VA compensation monthly because he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress because of his service to our nation. The Centers staff attended to my fathers needs in an kind and caring way, as they do all Veterans. This organization provides a wealth of services and programs for our veterans and is definitely the right place to seek assistance. The assistance they gave my father is much appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Ed. Ctr. in June of 2012. From then on it had been a safe haven for me that turned part time employment into a full time employee. I volunteered for approximately nine months before it all transpired and it was something that definitely defined and shaped the person I am today. We could all use some fine tuning here and there but the opportunities that came out of this center put me back on my feet with not just employment, but with housing and a chance to stand on my feet as a man again. I hope to continue to grow with this organization and expand my horizons as far as how I can pay it forward continuing to help any veteran in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was interested in finding out more about PVMSEC, and volunteering or working for the organization. I left a voicemail for the Executive Director who immediately called me back to set up a meeting. The people at PVMSEC are committed, pro-active, and hard working, and they care about Vets. I instantly deciding that volunteering here would be a mutually beneficial experience, both for the Veterans, and for myself.

Polish Prince of PR

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been dealing with the PVMSEC for many years, It has always been a center where the veterans coming first. This is how it should be!!!
There is so many opportunities available for the homeless Veterans. Also many options available for Veterans in need of other services. I would recommend the center for any veteran looking for services to help themselves in any way. After all! They served our country, it has been and always should be time to give back to each and every VETERAN THAT SERVED. NOT 1 should be left behind with nothing to live for.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Father was a great man who believed in his country and everything it stood for. He is actually the person who informed me of the center many years ago. I have made many donations to the center only because I believe this is a Center a Veteran can walk into and be Proud to have served his or her country. I know 1st hand of the accomplishments that have been made from people I referr to the center. I also deal with Veterans that have no idea of benefits they might be entitleed too. I do referr them to the Center and all are pleased with the results. The most positive area I believe would and should be reconized would be that of the Homeless! The center provides great things for the veterans. food, bathing, clothing, education, housing and possibly employment. This is a great center for any and all veterans to visit. It has been a great honor to work with so-many veterans who reach out to other veterans. God Bless America and PVMSEC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client with the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center (P.V.M.S.E.C)
since 2008, when first learned about at Coatsville Medical Center. If I had Known about them a few years earlier, I would not have gone to Coatsville. The staff are like family, and care about their clients. They've gotten me food, clothing, and Shelter- plus an education in computers, that took me to Community College for an Associates Degree in Computer Science, that would never taken place. I will never forget them and will spread the word to others, as it was told to me!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For most of our Nation's history, we have been grateful and honored that the men and women of this country willingly put their life on the line to defend our freedom. That gratefulness is present in each of the staff at PVMSEC, and it is apparent as soon as you walk through the doors at one of their facilities. Each staff member exuberates a mentality of service that is centered around the Veteran and their needs. From career and VA benefits counseling, to out-patient transitional housing and a day drop center for homeless Veterans, PVMSEC has a wide range of services that have evolved over time to fill the void each generation of Veteran has needed. Learning about this organization almost 4 years ago, and having served on PVMSEC's board now for almost a year, I consider it an honor to work alongside other prior service members and civilians who really just care about our Nation's heroes and work towards a better future for the tri-state area's Veterans and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center (PVMSEC) for a number of months and I am proud to report that veterans could not find a better organization to provide them with a "One Stop" location to address their service needs. The staff is well organized and extremely well led ensuring that veterans needs are addressed quickly and professionally with the care, concern and dignity our veterans so richly deserve. This organization never stops looking for ways to improve services and programs. This is a true barometer of their dedication in ensuring all veterans are provided with the resources the need. I recommend that all local civic and business leaders visit the "Center" to see how they are helping the veterans in our community !!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam veteran myself and about to retire. I have recently been named to the board of this outstanding organization and as a result I have been able to see its operations first hand. I have been extremely impressed by the dedication and commitment of its staff and volunteers. I am looking forward to devoting as much time and energy that I can to assist Philavets in achieving its goals of providing esssential services to as many veterans in our area as possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center is a "one-stop" shop for all veteran services. If you need benefits counseling, computer training, job search assistance, resume writing, homeless services, housing assistance, this center provides it all. If you are a veteran having difficulties in any of these areas this center is must!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

After my seperation from active duty I hit the job search avidly. Everyday I would work on my resume. I wasn't looking for just a job. I really wanted to translate my military experience into civilian words, I was having a hard time. I visited the service center and meet Mr. Joe Adair and Joe really understood my frustration and we worked together on an attractive resume which ultimately helped me land the career I have been working towards for nine years. I am grateful everyday I wake up for work for the service center's professionallismn and Joe's help

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Harold and think that the people and the quality of service at the multi service center is excellent . Without their assistance I would be unmotivated about what the future holds for me. I came to their office in june of 2012 and was very upset about the things that I've been through. I talked to brett, and howard gormley and they told me about the job leads and the computer classes that were available to me as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In the computer repair class the instructor helped us understand the fundimentals first, this helped me get interested in wanting to know more. I'd like to thank nate for motivating me again. This type of service is invaluable and I think should be in every state across the country. They even helped me find a shelter to live in because I was homeless. I give all the people that work at the multi-service center a 10 star rating. Thank You all so much Harold Palmer

1 Michael148

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is a godsend no other service can compare.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff is very helpful and courteous. The help and support I received is invaluable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a VietNam veteran who has been helped by the Philadelphia Veterans Center. The great guys who work there were able to help him get his claim filed. But more than that they helped him conquer his anger and frustration through their positive, can- do attitudes. We can't thank them enough for all they do! God Bless!

1 Lorenzo C.

Client Served

Rating: 3

I was in between jobs during this past summer and would come down to the center a couple of times a week. The center offers a variety of services for veterans. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to assist veterans in whatever services is needed to assist them. I found housing and employment as a result of my visiting the place. So I do recommend visiting the The Veterans Multi-Service Center of Philadelphia to all veterans.

1 Peggy22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before I retired I worked in a state office and quite frequently we would have veterans come into the office with problems. I would call The Phila. Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center inc to try to help me help the Veterans. They always were able to respond with help or where to go to aide the veteran. Well run organization and very caring to our Veterans. Sincerely, Peggy Miller Cierebiej.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Philadelphia Veterans Multi Service and Education Center is a God sent. Most people just do not know the many issues that Vets can face especially when transitioning back into the civilian sector. And although we vets will never truly be civilians the Center makes itl possible. Sercvice members are used to having a point of Contact for everything and having someone to tell them where to go the Philadelphia Veterans Multi Service and Education Center serves as that point of contact. They helped me get on my feet and showed me where to go for all my needs. The workers in that building aggressively persue helping people. I really can't say enough about what they did for me. Today I'm back on my feet after being out of the service for just one year. It was always nice to know they were there for me to depend on. It made me proud to be a Veteran when walking out of that building!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This past year has been insane. As a Marine Corps Veteran, I have faced some things, but going through a divorce, medical issues, becoming unemployed and on the verge of homelessness, I was not sure where to turn. Thankfully, after meeting with one of the counselors (Joe) my life has changed substantially. I give the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center more than five stars for all that they have done and continue to do for veterans. I am blessed and thankful to have come in contact with PVMSEC and recommend them to many other veterans and organizations. THANK YOU! Jason F.