Project Serve in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Men and women who enlist in the military are electing to serve a cause greater than themselves. When their mission is complete, United Way’s mission begins: through Project SERVE, United Way of Allegheny County has benefited 350 female veterans and their families, connecting them to a wide range of essential services that help ease their transition back into their communities and set them on a path to success.

Behind those numbers are people like Khrysta, who was homeless for four months until Project SERVE connected her to several services, including credit counseling and financial literacy, assistance with finding and paying for an apartment, and a “Welcome Home” package of essential supplies. Today, Khrysta divides her time between her fitness counseling business, her service in the U.S. Army Reserves and the good job she landed with People’s Natural Gas, a major local corporation.

Allegheny County is home to 100,000 veterans, nearly 6,000 of which are women. They may be out of uniform now, but they still want to make a contribution to society. Helping patriots like Khrysta succeed is more than charity; it’s lasting change that benefits entire communities.