Veterans Day is celebrated as HELP USA's Brady Center opens to provide services for homeless vets in Southwest Philadelphia

Nov 11, 2011 Issues: Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs

Philadelphia --- Veteran’s Day was celebrated by Congressman Bob Brady (D., PA) at the dedication of the brand new Robert G. Brady Veterans Center at the HELP Philadelphia Homes, in Southwest Philadelphia.

The Robert G. Brady Veterans Center is named after the late father of Congressman Brady, a WWII veteran. The multi-service center building will provide office space for a wide range of supportive services for veterans and their families, community meeting rooms and a patio area. The HELP townhouse development is a 63-unit affordable rental community for families and disabled veterans at risk of homelessness. The housing development opened this summer and is 100 percent occupied.

Brady, joined by Maria Cuomo Cole, HELP USA’s Chairman of the Board, said, “The opening of the service center is just a small part of the debt that we owe to our returning  veterans and war heroes.  And, I am doubly proud that the Center is named for my late father who proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific.” 

HELP USA is one of the country’s largest providers of housing jobs and services to America’s homeless. The opening of the Philadelphia facility was a part of HELP’s national Operation Home initiative for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and coincides with the opening of another such facility located on the Walter Reed campus.

“The struggles faced by veterans at home are often just as challenging as those they faced while at war,” said Maria Cuomo Cole, HELP USA’s Chairman of the Board. “Congressman Brady has been instrumental in turning the idea of this residential facility into a reality. We are grateful for the role he has played and happy to dedicate the beautiful Brady Center to him.  The appealing aesthetics of the homes along with the services provided by HELP USA are essential to empowering homeless and low-income veterans to become self-reliant, and take control of their lives again.”