For Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries each and every day is an occasion to honor America’s veterans and military families. As the nation’s leading provider of job- and skills-training programs, Goodwill® is dedicated to helping serve those who have served our nation.
In communities throughout the country, Goodwill strives to provide holistic programs and services to veterans, allowing them to re-enter civilian life as seamlessly as possible.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that each year, more than a quarter million service men and women return to civilian life. For many, the transition is a difficult one, whether due to physical and emotional disabilities, a skill set that is mismatched for the current labor market, or a lack of access to health care, child care and housing.
Goodwill understands that successful reintegration is a team effort. That is why Goodwill provides a variety of services to veterans and military families to ensure their specific challenges are addressed.
“Goodwill exists to help anyone who is struggling to find a job,” said Joe Byrum, President and CEO. “That includes America’s veterans. We work with the veterans in our area to provide job coaching, résumé help, skills training and more. We even offer services after they find work as well, which helps keep them and their families on a path toward economic self-sufficiency.”
Recently, Ohio Valley Goodwill was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Veterans Administration and specifically, Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) to serve 420 lo-income veterans and their families in Hamilton County over the three year period of the grant. The new SSVF grant will augment the services that Goodwill is currently providing to 300 veterans and their families in seven counties in Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Assistance to veterans and their families includes: career planning, job placement, housing support, health care access, transportation, and personal financial planning.
Ohio Valley Goodwill has been providing programs and services to help our military veterans in the Greater Cincinnati community for more than 20 years and is honored that the Veterans Administration has chosen the organization to expand its vitally needed services. “We look forward to the opportunity to enhance our services to veterans and their families in the Hamilton County area,” said Bill Darnell, Grants Manager.
“Veterans Day is a time to honor and express our gratitude to all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces,” stated Joe Byrum, President and CEO. “At Goodwill, we think the best way to say thanks is to work with our heroes to help them and their families build their careers and economic security, and reach their full potential through the power of work.”
The organization’s volunteer Service Guild has also established a tradition on Veteran’s Day of providing a wonderful luncheon tribute to the veterans involved in Goodwill’s programs for military service members. Held in the organization’s headquarters auditorium, the luncheon offers the veterans a special home-cooked meal prepared by the Guild volunteers and presented with the assistance of Goodwill’s award-winning Food Services training team.
To find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill programs and services for Veterans, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.