The History of Veteran’ Out Reach Ministries (VOM)
Veteran’s Outreach Ministries (VOM) was created and mentored by John DiMeglio, a non-veteran who wanted to start up a veterans organization. After many prayers and discussions with the Lord, VOM was created. Being sponsored by Oasis Church, (formerly Friendship Baptist) 2200 Glasgow Avenue, Newark, DE and with the guidance from Pastor James Chevalier, we started the discussion to be a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.
The original name was “Mentors Matter” and as of January 1, 2014, the name was changed to Veteran’s Outreach Ministries “doing business as” per John DiMeglio, Vice President, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service Center in Ogden, Utah.
We started with 4 members form the Oasis Church congregation as the board of Directors. The members are Tom Hogate, U.S. Navy: Steve Hague, U.S. Air Force: Colin Diggs, U.S. Air Force, and John DiMeglio. We as the Board of Directors created the Bylaws, Mission, Purpose and Statement of Faith. We had to have these documents in place before incorporation as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. In July 30,2014, we incorporated in the State of Delaware.
Social Media policy, procedures, and guidelines were created and made part of the VOM bylaws in 2015. A copy of these Bylaws, Mission and Purpose Statement and The Statement of Faith are at Oasis Church, 2200 Glasgow Avenue Newark, De in the VOM offices for your review as well as each board of Directors have a copy.
Six (6) months later we became a member of Cecil County Chamber of Commerce n Elkton, MD in February 2015. This was being done to allow our marketing strategy with visibility in New Castle and Cecil Counties and allow members of our organization to attend many Chamber 101’s business car exchanges, mixers, new organizations ribbon cutting and other outreach events sponsored by those chambers.
This created many inroads to new and existing organizations in order to expand our reach to new and existing businesses and organizations and thus allow our support of veterans. This enables us to meet many veterans so we can present our mission. As a result they have become resource partners, Corporate Sponsors and friends.
Our non-profit became a member of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce in Middletown, DE in September 2017 and Volunteer Delaware in Dover, DE also in December 2017.
This was being done to allow us a marketing strategy with visibility in New Castle Middletown, Odessa, and Townsend, DE communities and allow our members to attend many breakfasts, business card exchanges, mixers, new organizations ribbon cutting and other outreach events sponsored by Middletown Chamber of Commerce. We have made many inroads to new and existing organizations in order to expand to new and existing businesses and organizations and allow our support of veterans. This enables us to meet many veterans so we can present our mission. As a result they have become resource partners, Corporate Partners/ Sponsors and friends.
This same year we also became supporters of Victory Village located at 554 Port Penn Road in Middletown, DE, a transitional veterans housing. A project of the National Veterans Assistance Coalition, NVAC, their mission of helping veterans receive the benefits and services they have justifiable earned as well as housing until they can be able to be on their own. Victory Village opened their doors to the first veteran in the fall of 2016.
VOM had utilized this organization to do many outreach programs and have been very satisfied with the outcome. Liz Byers-Jiron, the Director has been an advocate of VOM for many years and we pray that this partnership will continue as we go forward.
In February 2019, a new EIN (employer/federal identification number) was acquired from the Federal Government for the Veteran’s Outreach Ministries, Inc. to divorce us from Mentors Matter. The purpose of this was to have a separate EIN number to procure donations, corporate sponsorships, etc. from organizations that are resource partners with VOM.
We celebrated our 5 year anniversary in 2019 plus expansion into Delaware, Chester County, and the Philadelphia area. And we received a certificate for these accomplishments. Presented by Cecil County Chamber of Commerce at their 2019 Business Spotlight event held at The Chesapeake Inn in South Chesapeake City, MD on March 14, 2019.
We have added 3 more members to our board of Directors to bring our total to 7 with 2 resigning. The new Board Members are Rebecca Rondone, owner of Pura Vida Yoga and Physical Training; Al Grimminger, retired Facilities Manager of Victory Village; and Glenn Ahrens, Christian Ministries Inc. Teresa Staten has resigned because she moved away from the area. Kammie Kirkpatrick has resigned because of life and business decisions.
We at VOM continue with our outreach events which have been very successful with many opportunities to go forward with our existing and new outreach programs. Programs as Veterans Roundtable Discussion, held every 6-8 weeks at different venues, this allows Veterans and businesses to come together to succeed in the local community environment. We also sponsor a Thank You Veterans Brunch held at Oasis Church once a year, with food donated by others in order to thank veterans for their service and also a meet and greet other veterans. We offer a weekly bible study and worship group meeting.
Beginning in January 2019, VOM started offering Corporate Sponsor/Partner agreements with a Bronze Tier ($200.00), A Silver Tier ($400.00) and a Gold Tier ($500.00). If you would like more information on this exciting benefit to become a Corporate Sponsor/ Partner of VOM, please contact Tom Hogate.
The Future for Veteran’s Outreach Ministries looks bright for the year 2020!
Presented by Thomas Hogate, president of Veteran’s Outreach Ministries on 15 January 2020 with Board of Directors approval.