TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay was very pleased to spend Veterans’ Day hosting scores of veterans, volunteers and other participants in the homeless veterans initiative Operation Reveille, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the port’s Cruise Terminal 6. Operation Reveille is a program of the Tampa-Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, along with the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, with the goal of ending veteran homelessness in Hillsborough County by Veterans Day 2015.
A diverse group of volunteers was on hand to participate in Operation Reveille to rapidly re-house 50 homeless Veterans into permanent, supportive housing. The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative, along with the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, will be working steadfastly on the project, which is part of a larger national effort to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Federal, regional, state and local government agencies, faith-based organizations, housing providers, non-profit agencies and businesses are involved in the effort. Other services include intensive case management, employment services, legal assistance, mental health services, benefits eligibility screenings, veterans’ benefits, financial counseling, health care, and household supplies for eligible participants.
“Port Tampa Bay is proud to be a part of Operation Reveille. Our military veterans have given so much for our freedom and are the backbone of our free society. This was just one way we could honor them today. We would also like to applaud the hard work of the volunteers, organizations from both the private and public sectors, along with all of the behind-the-scenes efforts that have gone into making this program a great success,” Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO, said.
For more information on Operation Reveille and ending homelessness in Hillsborough County, click here to visit the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County web site.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.
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