Central City Concern serves upwards of 800 Veterans every year. We revel in our success stories and share the following to inspire your Veterans Day – tomorrow – November 11, 2010!
A 36-year-old US Army Veteran came to CCC’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) seeking assistance with employment and housing. A father to 5 young children, he came to us homeless, separated from his family, and determined to be reunited with his partner and children. He worked diligently with his HVRP Employment Specialist and the Job Developer to build his resume and increase his computer skills. All of his hard work eventually paid off and he took a temporary job through CCC’s Clean & Safe Program, and has since then obtained a permanent position. Despite these difficult times, he and his family have stayed together and, through it all, he has worked hard and has stayed positive.
From the Streets to His Own Apartment
Another of our veteran customers arrived in Portland from Las Vegas only to find himself sleeping on the streets. We were able to provide temporary shelter through vouchers to City Team Ministries until he was accepted into TPI. He completed his HVRP pre-employment action plan and became active participant in our job club. He obtained a 6-month position with CCC’s Clean & Safe, and then became a janitor, earning nearly 50% more than in his previous position. He is currently living in his own apartment, and has moved into retention with HVRP.
A Veterans Program Specifically for Women Makes the Difference
One customer recently found herself homeless again, and was living in the woods. While reluctant to return to traditional programming, the fact that Central City Concern now has a female specific program attracted her enough that she re-engaged. As a result, she is now accessing safe housing and employment development support as well.