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Apartment Starter Kit (ASK) Campaign Helps Those Transitioning From Homeless Shelters to Permanent Housing

Collingswood, NJ – Fred Silhol is a former homeless veteran who partnered with Volunteers of America Delaware Valley to begin the Apartment Starter Kit (ASK) campaign. The mission is to help those who are leaving our homeless shelters for permanent housing to obtain basic household necessities. Fred, who recently moved out of our Home for the Brave veteran's shelter to his first apartment, was inspired by his own hardships to help others in similar situations.

Now we need your help to help those in need. Donors have the option of donating a physical starter kit, including kitchen, bathroom and living room essentials or a cash donation of $50 which will enable Volunteers of America Delaware Valley to purchase an entire kit.

“Without the help of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley I don’t know where I would be,” says Fred, “They gave me a second chance.”

This summer, Fred along with VOADV is dedicated to giving hope to those who need it most.  Whether it is a struggling veteran or single mother, something as simple as a small cash donation or a starter kit can turn a house into a home for those who are less fortunate.

The ASK campaign is running now through November 1, 2015. Donations can be sent to or dropped off at the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley main offices at 235 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ.  Cash donations can be either mailed or given online. For more information on Fred Silhol, donating an Apartment Starter Kit or a detailed list of items needed, go online to www.voadv.org or contact donations coordinator, Reyna Cameron at 856-854-4660 x101 or email rcameron@voadv.org.

Fred Silhol is available for interviews upon request.

Volunteers of America Delaware Valley are the Greater Philadelphia affiliate of a national nonprofit, faith-based organization founded in 1896. Headquartered in Collingswood, NJ, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley operates more than 40 programs annually giving hope to 12,000 men, women and children in need in Southern and Central New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware.