Veteran Knows Being Clean and Serene is Success

“I’ve been clean and serene for 31 years,” says Army Veteran Dwayne T.  His three college degrees, experience as a professional musician, and working as a cook in some of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia, he believes, pales in comparison to achieving his...

Going Out of Our Way for Veterans

Our case managers with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) go out of their way – literally – to meet homeless vets where they are and offer them the services they need. “When we identify a homeless veteran and verify their veteran status, we offer to...

Helping Hands for Veterans

“We want to help Veterans.”   We love getting those calls from churches, civic groups, and individuals who  want to provide helping hands for Veterans at Opportunity House. Each year, churches like St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Orwigsburg, PA fulfill...

Veteran Is Saving His Hard-Earned Money

Karl M.* is determined to get back on his feet. This veteran is saving his hard-earned money to secure a brighter future.   His life has been a series of setbacks, wrong turns, and disappointments.  That has not stopped him from wanting a better life for himself. Kim...

Schuylkill County Residents Care for Veterans

On a warm day in May, I was walking up and down Main Street in Schuylkill Haven, conducting outreach. I was popping in to any store or business that was open in attempt to provide them with information about Supportive Services for Veteran Families in Schuylkill...

Street Homelessness in Schuylkill County

“You walk around in the woods looking for homeless people? Why would you do that?” by Victoria Spitler, MSW, Case Manager, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Schuylkill County. Whenever I’m asked that question, the answer is always easy; because people really...