UESF is proud to announce it has been chosen as a 2015 Champion in Action® for its extensive veterans programming–particularly its direct housing placement and supportive services for veterans who are homeless or at-risk for becoming homeless. The award comes from Citizens Bank, NBC10/Telemundo62 and Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.
Among the more effective components of UESF’s Veterans program are the Veteran Engagement Partners (VEPs), a street outreach team that identifies and engages homeless veterans throughout Philadelphia. The VEPs are comprised of veterans and former clients who have experienced housing challenges and can relate to the needs of other veterans in similar circumstances.
“Citizens Bank is pleased to name UESF as the latest Champion in Action for its work helping veterans and their families in the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “Since 2013, the organization has been working with local veterans to overcome homelessness by enrolling more than 279 veterans in need and distributing more than $625,000 in basic needs assistance to them. To date, 80 percent of their clients have been successfully housed or have retained their housing.”
UESF will receive $35,000 in unrestricted funding, media coverage, and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.