November 24, 2015
From the Lehigh Conference of Churches
On 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 »
March 19, 2015
Just announced on 17 March 2015 and effective as of 2015, the VA has eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and copayment responsibilities. The intention is to make the program more accessible to low-income veterans. The VA estimates this may affect only 190,000 Veterans over a five year period, but VA estimates can be wrong. Read the rest of this entry »
February 8, 2015
The first Lehigh Valley indoor Stand Down will be conducted by VALOR Clinic Foundation on 28 February between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the El Shaddai Bethlehem Ministries, 529 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA.
As of 8 February 2015
December 2, 2014
It’s official the VALOR Clinic Foundation’s Mini-Stand Down for those who are homeless will be conducted on 13 December under the Fahy Bridge on Sand Island in Bethlehem, according to Bob Rapp, Jr., the local coordinator for the organization. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule rides for homeless veterans, call tel: 484-357-0600.
As of 2 December 2014
October 13, 2014
The date for the VALOR Clinic Stand Down under the Fahey Bridge, Sand Island, Bethlehem (same location as last time) has now changed from 25 October to 8 November. VALOR has been busy. It just opened its Paul’s House (Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary) in Jonas, Pennsylvania on 12 October and is conducting another mini-stand down in the East Stroudsburg area on 25 October.
As of 12 October 2014
September 19, 2014
The date for the VALOR Clinic Stand Down under the Fahey Bridge, Sand Island, Bethlehem (same location as last time) has changed from the 18th to the 25th of October.
As of 17 September 2014
September 11, 2014
Mini-Stand Downs for our homeless veterans continue to be active in our area for good reason. VALOR Clinic Foundation will have its next one on 18 October under the Fahey Bridge, Sand Island in Bethlehem, the same location as last time. It continues to alternate a Lehigh Valley location with the one at Dansbury Park, East Stroudsburg, on a monthly basis.
A little further afield are the efforts of the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club in Reading. See the flyer below. Read the rest of this entry »
September 11, 2014
Something an Ex-Noncom Ought to be Able to Do Standing on His Head
We can’t exactly describe what is presented below as a job and it is for a pittance, but is that new to many of us ex-soldiers? And is finding a job the only thing that determines a meaningful and rewarding life? Some things appeal to higher reasoning: the wife wants you out from underfoot, you are bored and looking for something to do … or you want to do some good for others.
Well, stand up and give Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley, a member organization, a try. Don’t let the homebuilding construction knowledge requirement deter you from applying. Show them the value of a “military education” — we know how to lead, learn quickly, can adapt ourselves to the situation, and continue to give more of ourselves than money can pay.
For the younger of you, it won’t hurt the resume, either. Read the rest of this entry »
August 18, 2014
For the first time, the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation (PVF) “… is seeking to assist approximately ten Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations that help military veteran with grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Specifically, the PVF is asking County Directors of Veterans Affairs and other community leaders to identify noteworthy organizations that are doing tremendous work yet need some extra resources to expand their effectiveness and reach,” states Mike Gould, the foundation’s Chairman of the Board. Read the rest of this entry »
August 11, 2014
Persistence pays. VALOR Clinic Foundation, a member of the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Action Committee (an LVMAC alliance) is conducting another one of its mini-stand downs in the Lehigh Valley. This time it will be on 16 August at Sand Island in the City of Bethlehem. It is its second attempt to reach out to the homeless in the Bethlehem area and its fifth stand down in the Lehigh Valley this year — the three other ones were conducted in the Allentown area. As related in a previous article, this nonprofit will serve any homeless person, not just veterans … but getting to our homeless veterans is its first priority. If you know of one, contact Bob Rapp (see flyer below). Transportation can be arranged. Read the rest of this entry »