Veterans & Community Resource Center Corp. (VCRC) is a community-based, not-for-profit organization committed to help fight poverty in America. VCRC was established in November 2001 to provide services to aid disadvantaged Veterans, their family members, and members of the communities in which they reside. VCRC has established an office at 530 49th St South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707.
VCRC’s mission is to address the vital needs of Veterans and their family members who are not receiving entitlements available to them. Our vision is to be recognized nationwide as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to help fight poverty in America by connecting every Veteran with the services they need and deserve, to help them transition successfully from the battlefront to the home front. In the future, we aim to expand to other geographical areas to provide help to people who want to run a similar project under the VCRC logo wherever they see the need.
Our compassionate activities include, but are not limited to, building a strategic plan for coordinated efforts to develop strong community-based programs; with a shared understanding of underlying challenges facing a Veteran making a transition back to a normal way of life. As a private not-for-profit public charity, VCRC promotes activities for charitable, benevolent, civic, cultural, missionary, education, social, or athletic purposes.
A graduate of Indiana State University, Kenya possess an extensive background in communications, including more than 10 years as a newspaper reporter and stints handling public relations for nonprofits. Kenya is active in her community, and currently serves as president of the Beta Kappa Sigma Tampa Alumnae Chapter for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.
Tim Parker is a Navy Veteran who is currently training to be an Accredited Veterans Service Officer. Tim has extensive knowledge in the VA Benefits process and programs available to Military Veterans. In addition, Tim has years of experience as an entrepreneur and businessman in Pinellas County.
We provide an information bridge and necessary tools needed to facilitate the application process from start to finish regarding healthcare, education and housing accessible through various federal, state and private organizations. Our past, present, and future service activities encompass the following programs:
This is the initial step to identify what each Veteran qualifies for and direct them to appropriate departments of the Veterans Administration, VCRC supportive services, other government agencies and private organizations.
We provide monthly VA Benefits Workshops to educate military Veterans & their family members on benefits provided by the VA, state, local and private entities.
VCRC has established a Transitional Housing Program which provides short term housing to Veterans transitioning through various situations. This housing provides a safe and secure environment for the Military Veteran (and his family if necessary) while waiting on VA Benefits or transitioning from a homeless state. Along with supportive housing, the main focus is to identify Veterans that qualify to become home owners using Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and VA Home Loans.
Technology is ever evolving and many VA Benefits are available online. To bridge the gap between acquiring VA benefits and technology, VCRC is establishing a Technology Center at its current location. These Technology Center will allow Veterans to learn basic computer skills and how to access benefits online. Additionally, the technology will allow Veterans to get help with employment skills like resume writing and internet job search.
Provide a place to post local job opportunities for Military Vets and family members.
VCRC has joined forces with Central Spark Clinic to provide acupuncture and yoga classes to Military Veterans at no charge to give an alternative way to deal with stress and other issues commonly seen in the Veteran population.
“I am very pleased with the services I have received from VCRC. Thanks a bunch to Mr. Shorter and the VCRC team. Keep up the good work and I look forward to future services from VCRC. I will be sure to spread the word to all of my fellow Veterans and friends about the services that I received.”
“VCRC has been very helpful to me and I always enjoy my experience while visiting their office. I plan to continue receiving services form VCRC in the future.”
“The VCRC staff has been very helpful and a great resource for knowledge. Without VCRC I would not have known about different benefits that I am entitled. Thanks VCRC.”
“Thanks to VCRC I was able to take advantage of the VRAP program and start my VA Claim. God Bless VCRC, they are truly a wonderful organization.”
“I am so fortunate to have found out about VCRC. They have helped me in many ways. I encourage other Veterans to take advantage of their services. Thanks a bunch VCRC.”