Success Stories

“God Directed Me To Reading, Pennsylvania”

“God Directed Me To Reading, Pennsylvania”

United States Air Force Veteran Anthony Andre Jones’ life reads like a Hollywood movie script filled with a revealing plot with twists and turns.  He feels as if this storyline could have only been written by God. During his military service in the Air Force, Anthony...

Making an Impact in Schuylkill County

“I’d be on the street if it weren’t for her taking action.” Those are the words of this Vietnam-era Army veteran, Ronald H.  sharing his thoughts about the services he received through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program Offering Help in...

SSVF Lancaster Provides Help and Hope

Henry* was born on an Army base in Fort Allen, Puerto Rico. His grandfather served at the base and his father worked there as a civilian.  The son of two Army veteran’s, his mother served as a nurse in the Army and his father was a chemical specialist.  As a child, he...

Improving Your Life One Step At a Time

“ I wanted to see the world,” said Thomas, a former jet mechanic when asked why he joined the Air Force. His travels started with school in Illinois and then he was stationed at Travis Air Force base in California.  He honed his skills working on 141 and C5 planes. He...

Empowered for Her Future

As an Army medic, Cecelia R has helped her fellow soldiers. She’s helped heal their wounds and has seen their scars.  Today, she knows that not all wounds and scars are visible on the outside. Her life after the military took her down a dark path.  Cecelia and her...

Donor Spotlight: Berks Bulls

Recently we received a major gift from a local club that’s been around for over two decades. What made the Berks Bulls reach out this year? We asked member Brad Hall to fill us in. What is Berks Bulls? It’s an investment club. Currently, we have 21 members. I would...

Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Holleran

Carolyn Holleran brought warmth to our House this past blizzard-y season, dropping off 35 hand-knitted hats for the men, women and children who shelter here. Taught to knit by her grandmother, the local philanthropist has nearly always had needles and a skein handy....

Good Job!

Thanks to local employers who give a hand up, 75% of our shelter residents are earning a regular paycheck. In February 2018, Phillip Iraola passed a urine drug screen, the second step towards his new life. He’d aced Step One the day before: he’d passed his Commercial...

Volunteering with Veterans

We asked Melissa Neff, an SSVF volunteer to share her experience about volunteering during COVID. Supportive Services for Veteran Families provides permanent housing for veterans who are homeless or facing evictions.  Getting the word out to local resources is...

Safe and Sound Sleep

When he retired from the fast-paced world of corporate banking and leasing, Bill* made a deliberate effort to slow down.  In his words, he decided to “become a better version of himself.”  Inspired by Matthew Kelly’s  faith community and  Bill’s renewed purpose, he...