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Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. 

2934 Smallman Street 
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Mission and Programs


Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (VLP) provides essential housing, employment and other vital supportive services to eligible Veterans, service members and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.


Program:VLP Programming Overview
Budget: $3,100,000
Population Served:

Program Description:

Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP) provides housing, employment, and other supportive services to service members, Veterans and their families. We deliver these services through grants and contracts with local, state, and federal agencies. The majority of clients have suffered economic hardship after leaving the armed forces, or who are currently deployed or redeployed from the current conflicts in the Middle East. VLP's experienced staff provide job training, job readiness, and job placement services; referrals for medical and mental health care; housing; and, intensive case management for those in recovery. VLP receives approximately $2.7 million in grant and contract dollars to deliver housing, employment and supportive services. The agency must raise an additional $400,000 to break even. Administrative costs are just 7% of income.

Program:Operation Back Home
Budget: NaN
Population Served:

Program Description:

Veteran Leadership Program's innovative human service delivery model, which has been developed, improved, and refined over the past five years, has been recognized, by the United Way of Allegheny County (Agency of Excellence), National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (Best Practice Program, Outstanding Member Award), and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Outstanding Achievement by a Community Organization, one of just three national recipients). This program, Operation Back HomeSM, consists of four objectives- Mission:Housing ; Mission: Jobs; Mission: Connect; and Mission: Prevent. Mission: Connect - Community Outreach & Education * Intake * Collaboration & Partnerships with Community Organizations, Government Agencies, & CorporationsMission: Housing - Assessment & Goal Setting * Housing Placement or Referral * Life Skills Training * Financial Literacy * Financial Support for Transportation, Furniture, & Security DepositsMission: Jobs - Assessment & Goal Setting * Job Counseling & Assistance * Resume Preparation * Job Fairs & Workshops * VLP Job Club * Job Placement Networking * Stipends for Job Training & Education * Support for Transportation, Clothes, & Tools * VLP Career ClubMission: Prevent - Assessment & Goal Setting * Veterans Court * Mentoring Groups * Education & Outreach


  • P85 (Homeless Services/Centers)
  • J20 (Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training)
  • L80 (Other Housing Support Services)

Chief Executive Profile

com Benjamin Stahl is a Pittsburgh native who grew up in the working class borough of Swissvale, and is a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School. Ben enlisted in the United States Navy after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. He was selected as the Honor Recruit of his Boot Camp Division at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. Excelling during his service, he was selected as the Distinguished Military Graduate of both Engineering Core School and Electrical Core School, as well as the Honor Graduate of both Interior Communications Electricians “A" School and WSN-2 Gyrocompass “C" School at Naval Service Training Command Great Lakes. He was meritoriously advanced to the rank of Third Class (E-4) and First Class (E-6) Petty Officer, respectively. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and his personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (3), Navy Good Conduct medal (2), as well as earning the designation of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He has served as the Electrical Division Lead Petty Officer aboard USS Gladiator (MCM-11) and USS Avenger (MCM-1), homeported in Ingleside, Texas; as well as USS Dextrous (MCM-13) homeported in Manama, Bahrain. He also served as Shop Master of the Navigation Optical & Night Vision Repair Facility at the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego; the only Navigation Optical & Night Vision Repair Facility administered by an enlisted Sailor in the United States Navy. Upon separation from the Navy, Ben enrolled in classes at Robert Morris University using the Post 9/11 GI Bill. While at RMU, Ben earned a Bachelors of Arts degree magna cum laude in Social Science, with a dual concentration in History and Government. He also earned a Masters of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. He dedicated the majority of his academic research to veteran issues, and to the history and policy which created the social and economic conditions that veterans return to after periods of conflict. As a complement to his studies, he completed a practicum in the veterans' office of Congressman Mike Doyle, where he learned the nuances necessary to effectively navigate the region's veteran landscape. He was the winner of the 2013 Robert Morris University Presidential Undergraduate Award for the Social Sciences, as well as the winner of the 2013 Robert Morris University Department of Education and Social Sciences Distinguished Student Award. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in August 2013. In September 2013 he accepted a position as a Case Manager at the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania. He became the organizations first Accreditation & Compliance Manager in October 2014 prior to assuming the role of Director of Programs and Operations in August 2015. Ben accepted the position of Executive Director at Veterans Leadership Program in September 2016.

Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

Total Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.
Assets January 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Cash & Equivalent$1,038,697$867,619($171,078)
Accounts Receivable$0$0$0
Pledges & Grants Receivable$431,053$533,459$102,406
Receivable/Other Due to changes in the 2008 Form 990, this data is no longer reported.$0$0$0
Inventories for Sale or Use$0$0$0
Investment/Securities Due to Changes in the 2008 Form, this value now includes Publicly Traded Securities as well as Other Securities. $575,292$699,822$124,530
Investment/Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Fixed Assets The 2008 form does not distinguish between LBE as investments and LBE as fixed assets. This value is equivalent to the sum of both line items on earlier forms (Part IV line 55 plus line 57). $681,332$644,858($36,474)
Other Program Related Investments is now a separate field on the new form, Part X-13(A) and (B). $31,907$49,198$17,291
Total Assets:$2,758,281$2,794,956$36,675

LiabilitiesJanuary 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Accounts Payable$24,878$53,476$28,598
Grants Payable$0$0$0
Deferred Revenue$0$0$0
Loans and Notes The value on this line may now include payables to former employees, disqualified persons and unrelated third parties. $308,186$292,426($15,760)
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities$0$0$0
Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 Form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Total Liabilities:$333,064$345,902$12,838

Fund Balance:$2,425,217$2,449,054$23,837

Basic Information

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's December 31, 2015 Form 990.


Mr.  Benjamin  Stahl 


Mr Benjamin Stahl, Executive Director


412 -481-8200


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Year Founded:1982
Ruling Year:1984
Fiscal Year End Date: December 31, 2015
Assets: $2,794,956
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
Income: $4,784,425
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
No. of Employees:45

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