From the CEOBrenda Mahr
VETERANS SERVED AT EMPLOYMENT CONNECTION
How much is too much? How much is too little? So often our veterans return to the States feelingalone and unappreciated. I know because I‟ve spoken to so many of them. To quote Maya Ange-lou, "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she
roes!" It is important,to be sure, but more than that, we need to help them regain their rightful place in society.Last year over 300 veterans entered our programs, most of them either homeless or near homelessand all of them, unemployed!! Many required services including counseling and suicide prevention,healthcare, legal, transportation, housing, and other support services, prior to enrolling them in jobreadiness and placement services.The need is great, but don‟t we owe them a” hand up” to start over not a “hand out” that keeps themdependent upon programs for their very survival? Yes, it takes resources, but again, how much or how little do we owe them for helping to keep us free?
We extend our grateful appreciation to our donors who help keep our doors open. And to over 80employers who hired nearly 135 veterans. The Employment Connection and the veterans we serveremain strong and viable because of your support.
Harold is a veteran of the USArmy. He served during the De-sert Storm conflict. He was de-ployed to Iraq for (6) months. Har-old is a St. Louis native and waspreviously employed as an Envi-ronmental Specialist. His compa-ny laid him off and he was unableto secure work in his field. Due tohis unemployment, Harold be-came homeless and would remainin that situation for seven months.He was referred to EC by Mr.Eugene Fowler, Senior Manager,Career Services while attending a job service program and thus heenrolled in the Homeless VeteranReintegration Program (HVRP).In awaiting interviews and continu-ously seeking work he volunteeredat Employment Connection (EC)working in the resource room,front desk, retention work and withSteve Hoven, Manager, Career Services.
Harold, received assistance fromBack to Health/Back to Work andhis Career Specialist, PrestonVanderford. In doing so he is nowemployed with Habitat for Humani-ty full time as a Restore Associate.His very first desire was to contin-ue to give back to EC for all theassistance he received. At hiswork site he arranged for an ex-pensive donated refrigerator to bepurchased by EC at a nominalcost thus saving the agency mon-ey. He personally delivered therefrigerator to EC.
HAROLD FIELDS A HOMELESS VETERAN REINTERGRATION PROGRAM SUCCESS STORY