Our History: The Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) was founded in 1980 to address the multiple needs of Vietnam Veterans.  Since that time our programs and assistance have grown and diversified to encompass the needs of Veterans of all wars and conflicts, up to and including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn Veterans.


Below is a timeline of notable events and accomplishments that outline the evolution of The Veterans Multi-Service Center (formerly the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center or PVMSEC).

  • 1980

PVMSEC was established as one of 23 programs commissioned nationally by the Veterans White House Coordinating Committee under the Carter Administration to meet the needs of Vietnam Veterans experiencing adjustment problems and needed assistance to access benefits from the VA in a one-stop-shop setting.

  • 1981 - 1988

PVMSEC continues in its work and implements programs for resume assistance, job development and employment placement.

  • 1988 - 1996

PVMSEC was one of the first Veteran service providers in the eastern region of The United States to receive funding to provide services to Vietnam Veterans and their families who were experiencing physical and related problems resulting from exposure to agent orange. Over 5,000 Veterans and their families received critically needed services from PVMSEC during this time.

  • 1991

Our Nation's Persian Gulf Veterans begin visiting PVMSEC requesting assistance.

  • 1993

PVMSEC becomes the headquarters and prime service provider for Philadelphia’s first Stand Down (an annual weekend event for homeless Veterans initiated by Marsha Four) demonstrating the need for establishing a comprehensive homeless Veteran service center program (The Perimeter program at PVMSEC opened in 2000).

  • 1994

PVMSEC was incorporated as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization.

  • 1997

Our transitional housing program, (LZ II) opened on the grounds of the Coatesville VA Medical Center to provide 50 beds for homeless male and female Veterans.

  • 1998

After years of renting limited space, PVMSEC purchased a six story building in Old City Philadelphia (213-217 N. 4th Street) to accommodate the growing needs of the regions Veterans and to expand our services.  Extensive renovations occurred and PVMSEC moved all programs and services to our new location in December, 1999.

  • 2000

The Perimeter, our homeless Veteran day service center, was established to provide a full spectrum of services to our homeless Veteran clients.

  • 2001

PVMSEC expands its transitional housing by 45 beds to provide a total of 95 beds to our homeless male and female Veterans at LZ II. 

PVMSEC began to provide a variety of services to our nation's newest Veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • 2002

Recognized by Glaxo Smith Kline to receive the Glaxo Smith Kline International Impact Award for making a substantial contribution to the medical and mental health status, outcomes and improved general life situations of countless Veterans in the Philadelphia and its surrounding communities. 

PVMSEC was also presented the US Department of Labor Exemplary Public Interest Award. Presented annually to a community and constituent organization that exhibits outstanding accomplishments that support the office of federal contract compliance programs.

  • 2005

PVMSEC separates its transitional housing program in Coatesville, PA into gender specific housing. LZ II is now designated as an all male program. 

The Mary E. Walker House, a separate transitional housing 30 bed program, opens on the grounds of the Coatesville VA Medical Center for female Veterans who have found themselves in difficult life situations and without a home. The Walker House is one of the largest female Veteran specific transitional housing programs in the United States.

  • 2007

Named "Non-profit Organization of the Year" by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

  • 2009

PVMSEC expands its capacity to serve women Veterans, offering targeted training to women Veterans in the green economy. 

  • 2010

Founding Director Edward J. Lowry retires after 30 years of service to our areas Veterans. 


Marsha L. Four, US Army Nurse Corps, Vietnam and former PVMSEC Director of Homeless Services, is appointed as PVMSEC's new Executive Director.

  • 2012

Honored as 2012 Top-Rated Non-profit by Greatnonprofits.org

  • 2013

Marsha L. Four, retires from her Executive Director position after 16 years of service to Veterans.


Timothy -- “Tim” -- Meserve, Air Force Academy graduate and retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel is appointed as PVMSEC’s Executive Director.


The PVMSEC becomes the Veterans Multi-Service Center or VMC as it expands its mission to serve even more Veterans throughout the region.


Maura – “Mo” – Gillen, U.S. Military Academy graduate and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel is appointed Deputy Executive Director to oversee operations in Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties. “Operating Base Cecilia” is established in the former St. Cecilia’s School in downtown Coatesville and VMC begins providing Supportive Services for Veteran Families in these counties, in partnership with Catholic Social Services.


Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Non-Profit by Greatnonprofits.org 

  • 2014

Tim Meserve steps down as Executive Director after bringing the VMC to new heights through a tremendous growth of services and expansion of reach throughout the region.


Tim Williams, a combat wounded Veteran and retired Army Special Forces Colonel with over 30 years of active duty service is appointed Executive Director to lead the VMC in extending services into the tri-state area.


VMC is awarded SSVF funding to expand programs for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families into Delaware, South New Jersey, and Central PA. 


Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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