Success Stories

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...

Female Veteran Empowered for Her Future

As an Army medic, Cecelia R. has helped her fellow soldiers both male and female veterans. 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...

Navy Veteran Charts a New Course

Robert Nelson admits he was a tough kid. The tenth child of eleven siblings, Robert’s parents served as role models of perseverance and determination.  His mother cleaned houses and his father worked in the coal mines of northern Pennsylvania and the Steam Heat Plant...

A Spirit of Independence

 For John Ritter, being one of six siblings in a family with a loving mother and father who was a general surgeon seemed  like an idyllic life. But sometimes the things we love the most, hold us back from reaching our full potential. After growing up in the...

Energized and Redirected

“Live the best years of your life,” is Robert Hawkins mantra.  This 63-year-old Army veteran is full of energy and still has plenty of goals for himself. In 1977, Robert enrolled in the Army and began his career as a small weapons specialist and ended his six year...

A Veteran Who Served Others

A Spirit of Service Elliot Morales' life is focused on serving others. He volunteered to join the Army where he was in air defense artillery, identifying enemy planes. After receiving an Associate’s degree from Reading Area Community College, he pursued a  Bachelor’s...

Getting Your Sweet Rewards

As a son of both Navy and Army Vietnam veterans, James Watts volunteered to join the Navy he graduated from North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA.  He quickly learned that Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm would provide an opportunity to learn new...

Client Success Story: Sgt. Corrin Mack

During April 2020, as the first wave of the pandemic hit, Corrin Mack was stuck. Bad. The Army veteran had deployed to Afghanistan and Kandahar Province. She’d earned a Bronze Star Medal and been promoted to sergeant on the battlefield. She was smart and resourceful...

SUCCESS STORY

SSVF Veteran from Homeless to Homeowner

“It wasn’t easy, but I was determined,” said Nathan W., sharing his path to homeownership.   This former Army Veteran and Supportive Services for Veteran Families graduate, knows the value of hard work and perseverance.   Nathan grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and enjoyed track and field, and cross country during his time at Reading High […]