Veterans & Community Resource Center (VCRC) is a 501 (c) 3 private not-for-profit organization established in November 2001 to provide Florida Veterans assistance with researching and applying for federal and state benefits, including programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicare, and Medicaid.
VCRC’s mission is to address the vital needs of veterans who are not receiving entitlements available to them. We strive to be recognized as one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to fighting poverty in America by connecting every veteran with the services they need and deserve and to help them transition successfully from the battlefront to the home front.
Our desire is to be a living, functioning organization which can serve as a model for anybody with similar objectives to ours. VCRC currently operates offices in Miami and St. Petersburg. In the future, we aim to physically expand to other geographical areas of the United States.
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 offices at 6660 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33138 and in St. Petersburg, at 2140 9th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. Convenient business hours are offered for client visits Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
All corporate powers and business affairs are exercised, managed, and directed under the authority of VCRC administrative staff. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person.
Along with VCRC’s directors and management team, a properly-trained staff of employees and volunteers with well-defined job descriptions are assigned to carry out the responsibilities of the organization. Our case managers are HIPPA and DCF certified.
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.
founder and chairman
Manuel Jones, DO, is the founder and chairman of the Veterans & Community Resource Center. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, School of Osteopathic Medicine. An entrepreneur and businessman, Dr. Jones is very active in his community. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Miami-Dade College.
Geraldine Jones serves as the director of VCRC’s IT Department. An Army veteran, Geraldine has more than 18 years of experience as a Computer Support Technician. Geraldine completed her CompTIA A+ certification at PC Tech Learning Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, and later received a certificate in Networking Services Technology from Miami-Dade College.
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.
VCRC staff provides assistance with paperwork for GI Bill, VRAP, healthcare access, VA housing, VA compensation, OIF/OEF/OND assistance, and other federal benefits programs available to the Veteran population.
A staff psychologist provides group therapy sessions on-site in the therapy room to help Veterans cope with reentry into civilian life. Veterans also are debriefed and trained in life coaching by ex-soldiers to be certified upon completion of the program. Then they will have an opportunity for future employment by assisting other Veterans who are faced with the task of reentering society.
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. For those who have an interest in earning potential income through renting real property, VCRC offers a three-month Landlord Certification Course to teach the principles of purchasing, renovating, renting and maintaining an income producing rental property. Additionally, VCRC will refer them to other veteran-owned businesses that will help them maintain their business ventures such as property management and insurance agencies.
VCRC provides an educational program for families to learn about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), along with family interaction counseling. Group sessions are conducted by staff on premises and major cases will be referred to private practice providers.
Technology is ever evolving and many VA Benefits are available online. To bridge the gap between acquiring VA benefits and technology, VCRC is establishing Technology Centers at its current locations. These Technology Centers 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.
VCRC also assists veterans with PTSD counseling, substance abuse counseling, education/vocational benefits, job skills training, food drives, and more.
“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.”
530 49th St. South
St Petersburg, FL 33707