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Veterans center in Reading hosting monthly events

Reading Eagle - 7/12/2022

Jul. 12—The Berks County nonprofit group Veterans Making A Difference continues to hold events for veterans to share camaraderie and receive help.

Among the gatherings, which are open to anyone who has served or is serving in the military, are those held the second Saturday of each month at the Paul R. Gordon Veteran Social Center at Sixth and Greenwich Streets in Reading on the ground floor of the Hope Rescue Mission.

The center is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and the second Saturday and last Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Veterans attending the second Saturday even can receive a bagged lunch to go, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and dish soap.

Oley American Legion Post 878 donates the lunches each second Saturday.

Both the legion post and Veterans Making A Difference are able to help veterans thanks to donations received from the community.

When Veterans Making A Difference and its leaders, Liz and Doug Graybill, have excess items they are able to share with the veterans at the Army Reserve Center along Route 724 near Kenhorst and also at the Providence House at Eighth and Court streets.

Liz is also a veteran service officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and is able to help complete forms to get veterans enrolled in VA health care and to help surviving spouses and veterans with VA benefits.

If you are in need of this type of help, are interested in preparing a meal, or donating items, contact Liz at 484-577-6898 or email her at


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