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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.

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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.

1

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.

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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.

2

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.

1 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.

1

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.

1

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

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1 Zuri R.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a Navy vet and have been outfor5 yrs. and had not had a job in all that time. When I went through the center I was able to go through their computer repair class as well as get help writing a resume not full of jargon, and they even helped me get a job with theVA. Most of the staff there are vets as well so you feel comfortable talking to them and there's a sense of comeradary.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My father, Bucky, was a vietnam war veteran who was disabled for the last 35 years of his life. He passed away one year ago, after a short battle with Cancer. Two years prior to his death, he found himself so depressed and loss inside. He went to seek help at the Philadelphia veteran Multi Service center. It was there he met men just like him. He was able to pull himself out of the slump he was in and move on. When he found out he was going to loose this battle to cancer, he asked that I donate his close to veterans to give back to the veterans that helped him and that is exactly what i did. THis is a non profit that is much needed in our community.Way to go!

1 Dina5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my father is a vietnam vet and has used the services multiple times.. He was so happy to help and go down there.. They were really great with my dad..

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

well to start things off, they help me achive my dd214. they also help me enter a solar class . that i did complete. i would tell every veteran about the center. it' hard out here a we(veterans) need every helping hand.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I must say this center is so vital for many veterans. They personaly have helped me with getting my military records and many other great things. They also offered me classes for computers and help with job searches. They also provide a huge life line for many homeless veterans by providing breakfast and lunch at no cost. The center also has a staff that cares about us. That is the most important thing about THE PHILADELPHIA VETERANS MULTI- SERVICE & EDUCATION CENTER INC. I am very greatful to have them people in my corner.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Raymond lambert Jr. To whom it may concern. I would like for everyone to know. The PVMSEC was indispensible in my job search. The center gave me the ability to find a job in a timely manner. It is crucial that all veterans have access to such a facility. I was laid off three times in past ten years. The center provided me with the tools to upgrade my job skills in computer literacy and aided me in my job search. The skills learned here are crucial in today’s economy. The staff and teachers here are as capable as any university. The PVMSEC allowed me use the center as my base of operation. I am here every day. I have access to computers to update my resume, the use of the fax machine, copiers and phone use to aid my job search. I was even provided transportation to make interviews and a meal if I was hungry. All at no cost. This center can use all the funding it can get. This program has enriched my life. I am once again unemployed but have no doubt that the center will assure me the tools once again to be gainfully employed in a short amount of time.

1 Steel W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is great for homeless Vets who have no where to go. Their computer courses are great preps for job placement and taking more advanced college type course. The staff is top notch they are a really caring bunch.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The service provided was first class. The people who work there are humble and undersatnding individuals. They went out of their way to make sure you were provided with the right information as well as provided food and chelter if needed. They genuinely care for each individual. They follow up with me personally to see if I am working or interested in any skills training. Each time I visit the center, they take there time with me, and always show concern on my well-being. I would recomend this center to any veteran needing assistance.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Everyone coming to The Mary E Walker House has one problem in common-no money. Our requirements include: attending meetings, therapy, counseling, saving and gaining employment. Our successful 2 year program allows for each female veteran the chance to regain control of her life.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that is open to trying different and new ways of generating donations. An excellent option for businesses looking to generate some good will, while aiding an excellent cause and non-profit organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great Veteran services organization for many reasons. They provide free computer training, help with job placement and life skills coaching. The entire third floor is a "Drop in Center" where homeless veterans are provided with 2 meals a day, showers and a laundry room to wash their cloths. They have programs that help homeless veterans get permanent housing and they even help pay their rent. The list of services that they provide to Veterans (all FREE of charge) are too long to list.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unemployed for three years on workmans comp and was looking for work. I needed computer training to find a job. I called the Center and spoke to Mr. Bill Diamond----He told me to come down and interview for the training program. I interviewed and was accepted into the training program. I not only learned how to use a computer but regained my self confidence. I was very impressed by my experience at the center that I told my family that I would love to be part of the staff and be able to pay it forward to my fellow Veterans. In October of 2009 I was offered a position at the Center working in employment and training. I work in an office with two other veterans that were clients at one time themselves. The oganization was started by Vietnam Veterans and has evolved over the years to help all Veterans. I have had the privilidge of helping World War 2, Korean, Vietnam. OEF and OIF Veterans. We offer a hand up to our fellow Veterans. To all that have served--Welcome Home and Thank You for your Service.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Vietnam in country veteran....about nine years ago I was in a very bad situation. I suffer from PTSD and was having problems in my life due to that . I heard about the "Center" from a friend of mine and decided to see what it was all about....they helped me to get the help and treatment I needed to get me back on track....they also taught me how to use a computer and helped me to find gainful employment....I can't say enough about The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam Veteran who has been going to the center for 10 years. I was involved in an altercation that put my job in jeopardy and I was facing criminal charges. I was at my wits end when I came to the center for help. After many sessions with Dr. Sandy Chierich and several other physiatrist I was diagnosed with PTSD. With the help of Dave Douglas and many other staff members I am now doing so much better. I owe the Center any its employees my heartfelt thanks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam Veteran, I have been going to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center for the past 10 years. I was in an altercation that put my job in jeopardy and I could have faced criminal charges. I was at my wits end when I went to the Center for help. After many sessions with Dr. Sandy Chierichi and several physiatrist I was diagnosed with PTSD. With the help of Dave Douglas, the Doctors and many of the staff members I am doing much better now. I am very grateful for the help I got at the Center.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education helped my family out tremendously after my grandmother passed away. My family wasn't sure what benefits my grandfather was entitled since he was a WWII Veteran and with a simple call to the Center, the wonderful staff helped put our minds at ease. The center really comforted and assisted my family during a very difficult time and I am very appreciative of all they have done for my family and all that they do each and everyday for our Veterans.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am VietNam vet, and have been receiving services at PVMSEC for over 8 years. They helped me apply for service connected benefits and supported me when I wanted to give up trying to get through the VA beureacacy. They have assisted me in getting into the VA health system. This is a great non-profit dedicated to helping veterans.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to the center 10 years ago for help, he is still going. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The "Center"is and was a miracle, it just appeared to me while I was lost and out of sorts socially, monetarily, mentally and just not with it. My business had just folded and I went into a deep dep am getting the mental help I need, medicationsression. I took and finished the computer repair course, which boosted me mental state...then I was helped with a grant to pay my gas bill.The staff always had time for me and seven years later I am still relying on. Being greeted by Nigel, saying hello to Kathy, Linda , Lincoln, Julian , Rich, Nate, JIM GRASSI, JIM COLEMAN, DIANE, LARRY SHARKEY DR. DR.STEVENS and numerous other folks who only want to help and guide us. the compassion, knowledge and resources are just phenominal. I guess the only way to describe The folks in this wonderful building is: DEVOTION. wHEN ALL SEEMS BLEAK AND HOPELESS, THE CENTER IS THERE TO LISTEN, HELP AND BE A FRIEND....WOW! I AM BLESSED TO KNOW AND TALK TO THE FOLKS HERE. SINCERLY, JOHN J JOHNSON

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I first came to the center in 2001 for a computer applications course. I found the staff to be kind, understanding and extremly empathtic to the concerns of veterans. I returned in 2009 for a computer repair course and noticed that most of the staff was still here and continued their excellent services for vets.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The men and women who work at the PVMSEC are unequivocally dedicated to helping veterans. I know from speaking with them that many of the staff are veterans themselves, and the leadership of this nonprofit has an exceptionally large amount of experience assisting veterans in multiple capacities. Since being formed, the organization has helped tens of thousands of veterans. Their day-use facility operates largely on a "no strings attached" basis; one that is particularly appealing to many disadvantaged veterans. As a veteran who is also active in helping other veterans, the PVMSEC serves as a model for me and my veterans' organization. Fortunately, we Philadelphia area veterans are not the only ones who have noticed. On several occasions, the Department of Veterans Affairs has pointed to the PVMSEC as a model for its employees as well. The numerous volunteers and staff at the PVMSEC selflessly provide services that are invaluable to the Philadelphia area in a manner that reflects an appreciation for the debt we Americans owe to those who have sacrificed while serving our country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best thing I do was to come to The Philadelphia Veterans Multiservice & Education Center INC. For computer traning to get a good job in the computers to get there I must get training so I do at pvmsec center. I find that the training at pvmsec is very very good because I can with no computer train or e-mail, after my five weeks of training I can e-mail, do Introductions to windows XP. I will tell any veteran to take the Computer Training to help in your job career.The Teacher Mr. Rick Tenalio is very good in teaching the class. I'am a volunteer now, with his class. Because I can see the good work the center do with the Veterans. I also know that the more money the center gets the more veterans they can help and there are many veterans who can use the help in todays jobs market.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing people (staff & volunteers).. serving amazing people (Veterans). Education, job assistance, food & shelter, medical care, mental/emotional care. Absolutely, positively the best place for Veterans in the Philadelphia area. A lot of resources, a lot of love..

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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