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New residential treatment home focuses on vets

Celebrating the opening of New Vitae Wellness and Recovery’s Veterans Pathways program in Quakertown are, from left, Donna Devlin, executive administrator at New Vitae; Shaina Ward of the staff of Sen. Bob Mensch; two resident veterans; Thomas Gonzalez, homeless veterans outreach social worker at Allentown Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic; state Rep. Craig Staats; and William Hoke, vice president of development at New Vitae. PHOTO COURTESY OF NEW VITAE WELLNESS AND RECOVERY

Limeport-based New Vitae Wellness and Recovery has opened its newest facility, this one focused on the care of veterans.


New Vitae’s Veterans Pathways program is a residential program in Quakertown.

William Hoke, vice president of development for New Vitae, said the new center was developed with the help of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs in Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. It obtained a legislative appropriation from the federal government to provide $750,000 in seed money to develop this program, as well as support other veterans’ services that New Vitae offers in the region.

With the new Veterans Pathways Home, New Vitae is better able to meet drug and alcohol dependency, post-traumatic stress and other issues in a way that is geared toward the special needs of veterans, said Judith Yanacek, New Vitae president and CEO.

“We now are able to offer an array of residential-based, trauma-informed treatment options to veterans in various stages of recovery,” she said. “Veterans Pathways is a sober community that promotes abstinence from substance use, engagement, peer support, self-worth, independent living, vocational skills enhancement, inclusion and the use of community resources to support recovery.”

The program generally lasts six to nine months and provides step-down levels of support to help veterans with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder issues reintegrate into an independent lifestyle.

Care and rent are paid for by the patients as well as through Medicaid and other veterans’ benefits. The DMVA seed money also helps to cover some of the costs for those who cannot afford it.

Hoke said one of the most important services that New Vitae offers is connecting veterans to a continuum of care even after they leave the program, partnering with nonprofit groups that provide mental health and additional support through fellow veterans.

Besides its veteran services, New Vitae treats patients for behavioral and mental health as well as drug and alcohol addiction in Lehigh, Upper Bucks and Philadelphia counties.

For more information, call New Vitae Wellness and Recovery at 610-928-0173.

Quakertown storage

facility opens

Storhouse of Quakertown has opened at 142 N. West End Blvd. (Route 309), a climate-controlled self-storage facility for commercial and residential storage.

The new facility has tractor-trailer access, automatic doors and oversized commercial elevators.

Storhouse of Quakertown is owned by Eastern PA Self Storage Facilities and operated by RAB Management Corp.

It also has facilities in Reading, Easton, Trexlertown and Harrisburg.

For more information, visit

Veterinarian practice

opens in Lehighton Walmart

A VetIQ Petcare Wellness Center has opened a location inside the Walmart on Blakeslee Boulevard in Lehighton.

The chain of veterinary practices bills itself as being convenient – all are in Walmart stores and don’t require appointments. They provide up-front pricing for services.

The practice offers traditional veterinary services for dogs and cats, including exams and vaccinations. The office is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit

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