Friday, November 11th is the official national celebration of Veterans Day but at Ohio Valley Goodwill, every day is an occasion to celebrate our military service members. For the past twenty-six years, Goodwill has proudly offered employment, skill training, housing and case management assistance to thousands of veterans as they successfully re-integrate into our local community. In the Greater Cincinnati area, Ohio Valley Goodwill has helped thousands of veterans, build their civilian careers. Locally, last year, Ohio Valley Goodwill served more than 900 veterans and their families. Since the early 1990′s, the organization has helped more than 6000 veterans to receive assistance with transitional and permanent housing, skill training, job placement assistance as well as case management support.
In FY2017, as part of a new grant funding program, Goodwill will assist 300 veteran families with housing and long term stability with its holistic wrap-around services, which include employment assistance for adult family members. The Special Projects team serves almost 900 people annually and their mission is to help individuals to attain permanent housing and employment in the Greater Cincinnati community. “We are very proud of our staff team and the outcomes we are able to help the people we serve achieve,” said Camille Robinson, Special Projects Grants Manager. For more information about the Special Projects program, call (513) 631-4500.
The Special Projects team provides the following critical services through an assortment of federal grants including:
HUD Funded Rapid Re-Housing Services, Homeless Veterans Reintegration Projects (HVRP) and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF).
The Goodwill Special Projects team works collaboratively with the Veterans Administration and the Hamilton County Continuum of Care as well as homeless organizations in the Tri-State area to facilitate intakes for individuals in need of these services. For more specific information, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.
Local Goodwill organizations provide guidance and coordination of services to veterans and their families who are at risk of homelessness through housing, job training, connection to VA benefits and other wraparound supportive services. The new round of funding renewals builds upon the Veteran’s Administration (VA) successful collaboration with local Goodwills and other organizations serving veterans. Collectively, the programs made possible through Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), have led to a 50 percent decrease in veteran homelessness since 2010, with thousands of veterans securing stable housing and becoming self-sufficient.
With this new round of funding, the VA hopes to continue to duplicate or surpass the decline that was reported in 2010. To date The HUD’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) estimate found more than 13,000 unsheltered homeless veterans living on the streets in 2016. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s community outreach efforts in cooperation with the Continuum of Care has made tremendous progress in addressing this issue. Ohio Valley Goodwill has a century long tradition of helping our nation’s veterans and is committed to continuing its outreach efforts into the future.
Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is proud to serve our nation’s military heroes and their families. On this Veterans Day and every day, Ohio Valley Goodwill salutes and thanks our military heroes for their brave service for our country.