The Veterans Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two homes in the University City section of Philadelphia, PA. Our homes provide shelter for up to 41 men, providing them with a roof over their head, warm meals, and a variety of programs and services.

Our mission is to empower Veterans in need to achieve success in civilian society. We accomplish this mission by developing individualized plans for each resident while providing a family-like community of support and care.


The Veterans Group is run by a small staff, many of whom are Veterans, and a volunteer board committed to supporting Veterans who served this great nation.

Executive Director – Jose Martinez, US Army (Ret.) 

Mr. Martinez assumed the role of Executive Director in 2015; prior to this leadership role, he was an active volunteer with TVG. Skilled at connecting with Veterans and helping Veterans obtain maximum benefits from the Veterans Administration, Mr. Martinez oversees the daily operations of the house, staff, facilities and organizational administration. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the board of directors.

Awards: The Philadelphia Business Journal Veteran of Influence (2016), Points of Light Award Recipient 5824 (2016)


  • Steve Phillabaum, President
    (Veteran - United States Navy)
  • Eric Gartner, Vice President
    (Veteran - United States Air Force)
  • Chris Deery, Immediate Past President
    (Veteran - United States Army)
  • Sarah Hagy, Secretary
  • Bob Adams, Director
  • Andrew Colket, Director
    (Veteran - Army National Guard)
  • Jonathan Ferraro, Director
  • Brian Lucianna, Director
  • Corey Mims, Director
    (Veteran - United States Navy - The Veterans Group Graduate)
  • Duane Oakes, Director
    (Veteran - United States Navy)
  • Simi Sonecha, Director
  • Rose Vesci, Director