Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
Veterans Job Fair a Big Success
Helping Veterans return to work is a key element of the VA’s five-year plan to end homelessness among Veterans. Here at the Providence VA we have integrated homeless and vocational programming under a section called Recovery Services.
"This was the first ever VA Job Fair of its kind that we are aware of in which Temporary Employment Agencies were specifically invited as the focus," says Dr. Bill Carr, who oversees the Medical Center's Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. "...in this economy, temp agencies are often the gatekeepers for many major employers."
The following companies participated in the job fair:
• Able Associates
• Bristol Community College
• VA Human Resources Department.
Steve Myers and Jim Buckley, our new HUD VASH Supported Employment Specialists, conceived of this innovative approach to assisting Veterans with job employment. It isn't just about housing, after all. It's also about prevention and outreach, about providing what we like to call "wrap-around services"--and employment counseling certainly fits into that category.
Also on hand were Osbourne Easter and Ron Rodriguez, both from the Medical Center's Human Resources Management Service. Osbourne and Ron frequenly get out into the community to educate Veterans about job opportunities in the VA.
A total of 56 Veterans participated in the job fair.
For more information about Veteran employment opportunities, please visit the VA's Veterans Employment Coordination Service.