In honor of Black History Month, Veterans Place has been celebrating and learning about ‘firsts’ in African American military history each week through an informative display at the front desk. During a recent Lunch and Learn, led by Workforce Development Manager Earl, staff shared a meal and learned about important individuals and groups who made significant contributions and sacrifices across all branches of the military throughout history. Veterans Place has also highlighted some of our veterans and the importance of Black History Month to them. Learn more about our distinguished veterans below.
After serving in the United States Army for 5 years, Veteran Eddie received an Honorable discharge. After discharge from the military, Veteran Eddie found it difficult to adjust to civilian life, was uncomfortable being in crowds, and was not getting enough sleep. He was living in a homeless shelter when he learned about Veterans Place.
Veteran Bruce served 10 years in the United States Navy and was Honorably discharged. Upon his discharge, he found a job quickly. Veteran Bruce had a difficult time adjusting from the routine developed while in the Navy. He left his job to become a fulltime caretaker for his mother until she passed away and he became homeless.
Veteran Christopher is a participant in our Transitional Housing Program. He is an Honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army and served our country for 23 years. Veteran Christopher planned to spend his entire career in the Army. Unfortunately, his military career was cut short, and he was medically discharged.
Veterans Place is proud to announce that we have received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support the Veterans Resource Center. Through the generosity and commitment of BWF, Veterans Place can continue to provide outreach and services to the homeless and at-risk veterans we serve.
As 1 of 15 drop-in resource centers nationwide, the Veterans Resource Center provides essential services to veterans and serves as the entry point to other critical services offered at Veterans Place and by our community partners throughout the region. The Veterans Resource Center offers veterans access to breakfast and lunch daily, an on-site food pantry, access to a computer lab, free laundry and shower facilities, and other specialized services to meet their individual needs.
BWF leverages its expertise and collaborative network to find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help our impacted veterans, service members, and their families thrive. Receiving a grant from BWF is an honor that recognizes the dedication, focus, and effectiveness of the Veterans Place staff, volunteers, and supporters. You can learn more about the Bob Woodruff Foundation at www.bobwoodrufffoundation.org.
Veterans Place was thrilled to welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates to campus earlier this year. Pirates players, the Parrot, coaches, staff, and partners were here to hand out essential items and lunch to each of our veterans. We were honored to have them spend time with our veterans, pose for pictures, and highlight our important work to their fans!