Forward Observer — Lehigh Valley VA Homelessness Summit Needs More Community Involvement

August 26, 2016

LVMAC Poster Art 2005On 28 September, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center (VAMC) is holding a Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) Meeting and Summit at the Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township (Gym II).

While there has been a long history of annual CHALENG meetings, holding one in the Lehigh Valley has been a rarity.  Considering the recent efforts of the Lehigh Valley Regional Homelessness Advisory Board (LVRHAB), the time has come to encourage such meetings locally if the VA is to be a true partner in this region’s homeless efforts – and not off to the side.

Because a summit implies the meeting of leaders, LVMAC is reaching out to various organizations (police departments, school districts, public housing authorities, special social work agencies, county and city governments, for example) to have a key officer or “mover and shaker” attend. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — LVCIL Employment Opportunity — Homeless Veterans Coordinator

June 27, 2016

LVCIL LogoIgnore the bilingual preference requirement. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces still speak English (or at least American English).   If you have the other skills, are level-headed and are interested, consider applying.  See details below: Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer — Veterans Giving Back

May 17, 2016

LVMAC Poster Art 2005In this blog site, we often write of entitlements and benefits veterans can receive.  However, as a population category, veterans contribute far more through their labors than they take from their communities.  Indeed, many veterans have the wisdom to understand the benefits of giving of themselves to improve their communities and those of others.

Below is one fine example of local, Lehigh Valley veterans trying to do far-reaching good — in this case, for the poor —  while attending to the spiritual/psychic well-being of fellow veterans.  As it happens, an effort such as this also shows the world the better side of the American people and our way of life.  Therefore, they gain for us in another way.  Thought you might be interested and, perhaps, in helping them. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — Op Homefront Offers Renovated Home in East Stroudsburg

March 7, 2016

HOTHlogoNew Homes on the Homefront, a program of Operation Homefront, is once again offering another renovated home in our vicinity.  This one is in East Stroudsburg, PA.  Deadline for application is 19 March.  For details on the home, the program and how to apply, click here.

Nice digs for a family!  Act fast.

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As of 7 March 2016


LVMAC Tidbit — Op Homefront Offers Renovated Home in Hanover Area

January 28, 2016

HOTHlogoNew Homes on the Homefront, a program of Operation Homefront, is again offering a renovated home in Pennsylvania.  In the vicinity of our area alone, about five homes over the last two years have been offered and occupied.  While this one is in Hanover, York County — well outside our operational area of concern — we thought there might be a local veteran family interested in it,  considering Homes on the Homefront is an excellent program meeting a need that can not always be satisfied here.  Deadline for application is 1 February.  For details on the home, the program and how to apply, click here.

Again, nice digs for a family, solid program, closer to the land of fresh potato chips!  Act fast.

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As of 28 January 2016


LVMAC Tidbit — Op Homefront Offers Renovated Home Just West of Stroudsburg

December 9, 2015

HOTHlogoNew Homes on the Homefront, a program of Operation Homefront, is offering another renovated home in our vicinity — about the fourth or fifth one since the the program began.  This one is in Effort, PA.  Deadline for application is 13 December.  For details on the home, the program and how to apply, click here.

Nice digs for a family!  Act fast.

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As of 8 December 2015


LVMAC Tidbit — Allentown Winter Warming Center to Open December 1

November 24, 2015

From the Lehigh Conference of Churches

LCC LogoOn Tuesday, December 1, a Warming Center will open in Allentown to provide overnight emergency shelter to those without homes. The Lehigh Conference of Churches will manage operations at the City of Allentown’s Fountain Pool Building, located at the corner of S. 10th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Warming Center’s opening date coincides with the start of Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering in a coordinated regional effort to meet the increased need for warm, safe refuge for homeless individuals seen in previous winters.  Read the rest of this entry »


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