Veterans Multi-Service Center Expands Mission, Changes Name

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The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a grant of more than $1M to The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, Inc., to serve Veteran households in Chester County.

PVMSEC has long-served Veteran families in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. With this new grant, the organization will serve approximately 200 Veteran participant households in Chester County. As part of the expansion of their mission, the organization is changing its name to The Veterans Multi-Service Center or The VMC.

The VA awards SSVF grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in — or transitioning to — permanent housing. The SSVF program supports VA’s efforts to prevent at-risk Veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness. Using this grant, the VMC will provide a range of services that promote housing stability and play a key role in connecting Chester County Veterans and their family members to VA services such as mental health care and other benefits, and can offer temporary financial assistance on behalf of Veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and moving costs.

The VMC currently operates two transitional housing units on the campus of the Coatesville VA Medical Center – “LZ II” houses 95 male Veterans while the Mary E. Walker House provides beds for 30 women Veterans. The VMC will provide additional services under the SSVF grant in collaboration with Catholic Social Services, using the former St. Cecilia’s school building on Lincoln Highway in downtown Coatesville.

Joining the VMC to oversee the additional operations in Chester County, and the further expansion of the VMC mission into Montgomery and Delaware counties, is recently retired Army Lt. Col. Maura A. “Mo” Gillen, a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a resident of Montgomery County. Mo’s last military assignment was as the head of the Army ROTC program at Drexel University.

The VMC is adopting the new logo shown above and will transition over the next few weeks to a new web address and e-mail extension. For more information, contact Mo at or visit

Meghan Kelly

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