Caring for Veterans A Team Effort - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Caring for Veterans A Team Effort

va staff pose for photo in pharmacy lobby during snow storm

(From Left) Social Workers Ryan Poulsen, Donald Gallagher and Sandra Dickinson work around the clock to assist Homeless Veterans.

By Fern Billet
Thursday, February 13, 2014

This winter has seen some of the harshest weather in years, with unusually cold temperatures and record snowfalls.  Through each weather event, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center has been working hard to care for homeless Veterans.  Working in conjunction with community agencies, local police and emergency personnel, VA has been identifying open facility beds available to homeless Veterans in need.

Case managers have been working with formerly homeless Veterans, such as those housed in HUD-VASH, to ensure they have disaster plans and supplies, including batteries, food, medications, and other survival items. 

Philadelphia VAMC has provided shelter to Veterans throughout the winter as warranted by the weather conditions.  On Feb. 12-13, approximately 20 homeless Veterans were sheltered and fed at the facility during the storm.

Thank you to the anonymous donor who dropped off food for these Veterans.  The Philadelphia VAMC will continue to provide shelter to Veterans during this weather emergency.  Social Work staff are available on site around the clock to assist homeless Veterans.


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