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If you'd like to donate items we use here
daily, or items for our Operation Airdrop,
go to the PVCH Wish list.

In need of canned food, clothes, etc. for your veterans groups or for a needy vet family?
Let us help you.

Call us for a day and time you can come over
and take home with you food and clothes
to make things easier.

Want to Donate Items we
use on a Daily Basis?

See our Wish List!

Operation Airdrop
Every Thursday, September to April.
Learn more >


We provide the supplies and clean up. You cook. Contact us today!

2013 Christmas Media Coverage
"Comfort" for Homeless Vets
West Philly Agency Brightens Christmas Day for Vets

About Us

Beginning in 1994, members of the US military veterans community in the Philadelphia area had an idea. Inspired by the success and humanitarian mission of the Ronald McDonald House, they proposed a place where vets, currently commuting daily between the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and their homes across Pennsylvania, could live comfortably and have meals during weekdays, free of charge. 

It was a helping hand from veterans to other veterans, a gift to and from family.

Representatives from groups across the community spectrum including the veterans service organizations, labor unions, government and the private sector joined forces to buy the building, renovate the structure and purchase the needed materials to make their idea a reality. After much hard work, the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House(PVCH) was born.

Working with the VAMC and the community, the PVCH over fifteen years helped countless veterans and their families make their time here restful and free of the burden of a daily commute. However, over time the PVCH realized they could do more for veterans and decided to tackle the issue of veteran homelessness.

In January 2012, working with the VAMC's social work staff, the PVCH welcomed its first homeless guests and continues to offer that service to veterans seeking to rebuild their lives. With sixteen beds, two and a half baths, a modern kitchen, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, central heat and air, cable television, room refrigerators for drinks, and a dayroom, it is well suited to that mission.

From its first beginnings in 1994 to today, the PVCH's mission remains the same: to leave none of our brothers and sisters behind as we work day by day to make their lives more rewarding and less complicated. It is a mission we are proud to accomplish.

How We're Different

Out of an emphasis on compassion, many homeless shelters emphasize relieving stress, gentle counseling and the healing of the inner child.

We are not that type of shelter.

Accepting only former military personnel, the emphasis here is on meeting challenges, not relaxing. Here, nothing is given, everything is earned. Adhering to a rank structure and duty roster, we seek to reinstill discipline and a proper bearing to those who, when on active duty, were once sharp as razors. We then take that military sense of devotion to duty and seek to redirect it to the civilian challenges of a steady job and independent living.

However, this shelter is not for everyone. Those who value the free-wheeling independence of living on the streets will likely not take to our structured environment, especially during the initial two week probationary period of residence here. The stringent duties of that first two weeks, which we have all been through, earns the way into this very elite platoon of people regrouping to fight life's battles another day.

But this time, with better weapons.

Thus, if you're looking to play the victim, take a vacation at the expense of our donors, or believe you are God's special little snowflake, go someplace else.

However, if you want to be challenged in an atmosphere of camaraderie and devotion to mission, and you want to work very hard to put your life back together, we may be just the place that puts you on a path to surviving and succeeding in today's world.

That is our mission and we're proud of it.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a charity we accomplish our mission of helping homeless vets through the generosity and hard work of our great volunteers. Any skill, any level of time commitment and any resources you can provide are always welcome. Typical duties can range from clerical to meal prep, cleaning to media outreach and research.

Also, every Monday and Thursday night, from 630pm-830pm starting November 5th to early April, we execute Operation Air Drop, bringing food and supplies to homeless veterans across Philadelphia. We go to Love Park, Logan Circle, under the subway stops and all over the city to bring hot food and cold weather gear to homeless vets on the street who can’t get to our University City HQ.

If you'd like to help with any mission, please call or email us to get details.

And Thanks.


Board of Directors
President - Paul DeJulius
Vice President - Colonel. Teresa Wolfgang, USAR
Secretary - Dr. Tonya Wolford
Treasurer - Chris Hill
Parliamentarian - Dianna Schwartz
Bill Castillo
Tom Mumbower

Captain Yuri Tabach, USN, (ret)
Colonel Siegfried Honig, USA, (ret)

John Kihm

Honorary Board Members
Hon. Jannie L. Blackwell, City Council
Edward Coryell, Sr
Hon. Patrick Dugan, Municipal Court .
Hon. Michael J. Stack, State Senator
Hon. Thomas P. Murt, State Representative

Lois Dietrich

Executive Director
David Kamioner

Assistant Executive Director
Erika Landry

Director of Mental Health Services
Hope A. Heffner, MA, ATR-BC

Dr. Catherine Jensen, Psy.D, MPC

NCO Staff:

Johnny Jamison
Derek Cool
Marcus Davis

Volunteer SGM
Wallace J. Presley


Our Guests' Crests

Our Crest

One of our volunteers was a USAF helicopter pilot during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His squadron rescued US personnel caught behind enemy lines. He told us that we essentially did the same thing, but rescued veterans shot down by life. We told our troopers and the analogy stuck. We launched the PVCH in 1994, hence 94th. He flew with an Air Rescue Squadron; we're in a sense a Land Rescue Platoon.

And Sid the black sheep? We came up with that ourselves.



The Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donations are fully tax deductible.
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