Veterans Day is an important occasion to express gratitude and honor the brave individuals who have served our country. A local nonprofit, Chosen 300 Ministries, is making a significant effort to show appreciation to our veterans in need. Sadly, a large portion of the homeless population in Philadelphia consists of veterans. Therefore, tonight is dedicated to providing them with hope and resources to address this concerning statistic. One individual who fully understands the challenges faced by homeless veterans is Brian Jenkins, the founder of Chosen 300 Ministries.
His brother, who served in the Navy for two decades, tragically passed away due to the lack of accessible healthcare services after retiring. This personal loss inspired Jenkins to ensure that other veterans feel valued and supported through his organization. Chosen 300 Ministries goes beyond providing meals; they offer various services such as job training, computer labs, expungement assistance, health clinics, and even barber shops.
Their goal is to not only address immediate needs like hunger but also empower veterans to achieve self-sufficiency. For over 20 years, Chosen 300 Ministries has been giving back to the community, and on Veterans Day weekend, they invite our heroes in need for a night filled with food and camaraderie. Many veterans struggle with mental health issues and face numerous challenges that can be incredibly stressful.
It is heartening when people reach out and lend a helping hand. Chosen 300 Ministries provides both a dinner and support to our often-forgotten Hometown Heroes. For many veterans, this support is a lifesaver and a tremendous source of assistance. Chosen 300 Ministries has served over 150,000 meals to veterans in the area and operates in global locations as well.
As a nonprofit organization, they greatly benefit from volunteers and donations. If you are interested in contributing, please visit chosen300.org in Spring Garden for more information. Eddie Katum reporting for Fox29 news..