In last month’s blog post, Sullivan’s Pin-Ups announced that this winter they will be hosting a super fun event at the studio that doubles as a drop-off day for the collection of new or gently used coats. Collections will be donated to the Catholic Social Services Veterans’ Housing of Scranton. The date is set for Saturday, December 3 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM with refreshments, a live model window event, and studio tours. You’ll also have the chance to snag gift certificates at a discounted price! The Sullivans’ are teaming up with The NOMAD Project for this drive.
Your Sullivan’s Pin-Ups guest blogger, aka me, happens to run The NOMAD Project and was asked to tell you guys a little more about it so you know what the project is about and why the Sullivan duo is teaming up with the TNP cause for a 2016 season of giving.
The NOMAD Project advocates for change: spreading awareness about homelessness, hunger, and issues that affect our military veterans. The project challenges individuals and communities to become aware and get involved, making a difference on a local level. We encourage generosity and kindness through positive change and acts of giving. The project connects with local organizations, taking on a collaborative approach, with a mission to expand efforts and work together to make a larger impact for those in need.
Both the Sullivans’ and The NOMAD Project wish to support our local military and veterans and so, this year’s coat drive was initiated to give back this holiday season. The Catholic Social Services Veterans’ Housing aims to provide shelter and guidance to local veterans in the NEPA area until they can move on to something permanent. When the facility first opened its doors to veterans, Monsignor Kelly of Catholic Social Services explained to the WNEP new team: “Civilians aren’t always aware those who served us often struggle in their later years.”
We agree. So we’ve made it a goal to become more aware of the issues our military veterans face on both a national and local level and we wish to take it a step forward by giving back to those that served our country.
For the readers who might have missed last month’s blog post, or wish to learn a little bit more on the current state of veteran homelessness, here’s the action that was taken by the government in most recent years to combat veteran homelessness in our country:
In 2010, the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) collaborated to propose an end to homelessness among the military veteran population by 2015. That hasn’t happened as of 2016, but significant progress has been made since that proposal. Substantial funding has been allocated and programs have been established in partnership with the VA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and non-government organizations across the country, still working to achieve this goal (Coal, 2015).
The good news is that there was a 33-percent decline in veteran homelessness between 2010 and January 2014, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. The estimated figures show 49,933 homeless veterans, a drop of 24,837. There was also a nearly 40% drop in homeless veterans sleeping on the street (Shaw, 2015).
As individuals, we can and do make a difference on local levels just as the government makes strides on a national level. Sullivan’s Pin-Ups and The NOMAD Project invite you to get involved to help our veterans! We hope to see you Saturday, December 3 at the studio, located at 117 Lackawanna Ave in Olyphant, PA in support of the cause. Stop in with a new or gently used coat, take a tour of the studio, and have some fun while you’re at it!