A little about SHV:
Who is Support Homeless Veterans?
SHV, Inc. is a team of advocates lead by social worker Cara M. Colantuono-Galob, LSW along with Iraq combat Army Veteran Stg. Michael S. Galob and Jerry Quintana MM1(SW) retired. SHV is also comprised of Veterans and civilians alike who understand the need for more supportive programs as well as improving housing opportunities for homeless Veterans. Our organization is operated through 100% volunteer work and donations. SHV operates chapters out of the Philadelphia Metropolitan and the Southeastern Texas area.
Created in 2011 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American Veterans, Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) is devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes. We are committed to promoting purpose driven lives among our nation’s finest men and women, while increasing the awareness and involvement of our communities.
What does Support Homeless Veterans do?
SHV supports and empowers homeless Veterans through its programs:
Supportive Permanent Shared Housing (SPSH) offers housing in a comfortable and family oriented atmosphere. This model is designed to give quality of life and peace of mind to Veterans who have a history of chronic homelessness and those in transition from the recent wars. Through restoring camaraderie among the Veterans and practicing non-negotiable standards of living, our Veterans gain purpose driven lives and confidence. SHV currently houses 12 veterans in Philadelphia within 5 different homes. with three of those home being graduates.
Code: Red, White, and Blue is an ongoing in-kind donation drive that results in a successful distribution events to local veterans in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. SHV is always accepting clothing, food, hygiene products and other essentials for veterans in need.
Veterans Lifeline provides financial assistance to qualifying veterans for specific needs. It also serves are a transitional assistance program for post 9/11 veterans through peer mentoring and therapeutic retreats scheduled throughout the year. These retreats give the veterans an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and supportive environment. It is meant to empower the veteran to engage in social activities typically avoided by veterans diagnosed with PTSD and prove that we are not limited to our disorders.
Vet Fest is an exciting fundraising concert event that promotes local music and local veterans.
Why is Support Homeless Veterans doing this?
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), the VA reports that there are currently 107,000 homeless Veterans on any given night. In the Philadelphia area alone there are a projected 2,563 Veterans who claim a homeless status. Due to these shocking and potentially increasing numbers, it is important for more non-profit agencies to adopt programs to support homeless veterans.
After serving their country, many veterans are faced with unexpected employment and housing challenges; thus creating a surreal and potentially dangerous situation. The difficulties they face include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, other mental health disorders and drug dependency which often results in unemployment, homelessness (Tanielian et al., 2008) and increased probability of suicide (Kemp & Bossarte, 2012; Pietrzak et al., 2010). Many veterans with PTSD and drug dependency frequently isolate holding them back from understanding, managing, and overcoming their disorders. Isolation has a direct connection to increased PTSD symptoms of guilt/shame and ultimately can lead to relapse.
As of July 1, 2018 Support Homeless Veterans, Inc have successfully housed 0ver 146 veterans through our supportive shared housing program and provided needed items and resources to over 800 veterans throughout the nation.
Contact: Please contact SHV at 267-294-1191. Visit us on the web at SupportHomelessVeterans.org. You may also join the movement online at facebook.com/SupportHomelessVeterans or email us at SHVINC@gmail.com.