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A Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) Update from Jose M.

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Our Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) made possible by the Safeway Foundation and Vons Foundation and offered at our Veterans Plaza Grant Per Diem transitional living facility for male Veterans provides vocational assistance to Veterans in need of supplies or training for their desired profession. We’d like to share a letter written by a Veteran that we serve to our wonderful staff that helped him get back on his feet!

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“Denis and Curtis,

First, let me thank you both for giving me hope again. It’s because of both of you that I am working again and have my Class A driver’s license. Do not let anybody tell you that the program does not work because it worked for me. I use to be strung out on crystal meth, but thanks to God for allowing me to meet you both, I have gotten over that and I am praying that that lifestyle is behind me.

As you both know, I am out and about seeing the world and making good money doing it. You both pushed me to get things done as far as my resume, connecting me to Workforce Connection, mock interviewing me and preparing me to become employment ready. The Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) did wonders for me! At times, when I did not want to go to school or look for employment, the program and you gentlemen challenged me. Although I am gone, it feels like I never left. I am not just a number to you gentlemen, but you treat me as if I am still a Veteran at the Veterans Plaza. I am able to call and talk to you both about my ex-wife and family issues. You both keep my head on straight and focused.

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The VSWP program really does work for us Veterans that do not have a job. Your program assisted my fellow Veterans that came before me and myself by getting us placed in jobs! I am back working and I love driving trucks! I thank you both.”

– Jose M.

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WCCA Logo PNGFor over 40 years, WestCare California has been providing an opportunity for individuals to lead fuller, richer lives. Our team of multi-cultural, experienced and credentialed staff is dedicated to providing the best care to everyone who enters our doors. Our goal is to uplift the human spirit by providing the skills and support necessary for individuals to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.

WestCare provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our service domains include mental health & wellness, substance abuse and addiction treatment, housing opportunities, education & prevention, criminal justice and veterans programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families.

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Veterans at HomeFront Practice Healthy Nutrition

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Earlier this month, the Veteran women of our HomeFront Grant Per Diem transitional living facility for female Veterans and Veteran mothers with children, came together and participated in a fun and educational nutrition class.  The topic of discussion was eggplants and the nutritional benefits that they offer. Afterwards, they had the opportunity to make a special dish as a group, “The Ultimate Eggplant Lasagna!” This was a great way for them to come together as a community and help boost each other’s confidence while trying something new. They were very supportive of one another and were able to share laughs while building on their life skills which could benefit their health and well-being in the long run.

WCCA Logo PNGFor over 40 years, WestCare California has been providing an opportunity for individuals to lead fuller, richer lives. Our team of multi-cultural, experienced and credentialed staff is dedicated to providing the best care to everyone who enters our doors. Our goal is to uplift the human spirit by providing the skills and support necessary for individuals to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.

WestCare provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our service domains include mental health & wellness, substance abuse and addiction treatment, housing opportunities, education & prevention, criminal justice and veterans programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families.

VSWP Gives Wheels to a Vet in Need

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CHOATEA1 - CopyOur Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) made possible by the Safeway Foundation and Vons Foundation and offered at our Veterans Plaza transitional living facility for male Veterans provides vocational assistance to Veterans in need of supplies or training for their individual profession. We’d like to share just one way that we helped a Veteran that we serve!

Alvie C. is a Veteran currently employed as a housekeeper with the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Fresno, CA through their Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program. He contacted VSWP informing our staff that he needed assistance with transportation because his shifts would begin before the bus system started running, requiring him to walk to and from work each day. This showed just how determined he is to work,  and through VSWP funding, we were able to provide a bike with a lock along with needed clothes and shoes for work. We are honored to have served Alvie and wish only the best for him in his future endeavors.

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wc-branding_CAFor over 40 years, WestCare California has been providing an opportunity for individuals to lead fuller, richer lives. Our team of multi-cultural, experienced and credentialed staff is dedicated to providing the best care to everyone who enters our doors. Our goal is to uplift the human spirit by providing the skills and support necessary for individuals to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.

WestCare provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our service domains include mental health & wellness, substance abuse and addiction treatment, housing opportunities, education & prevention, criminal justice and veterans programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families.

 

 

A Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) Update from Larry W.

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In December, we shared the accomplishments of Larry W., a Veteran who was living at our Veterans Plaza transitional housing program for male Veterans and was receiving vocational assistance through our Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) made possible by the Safeway Foundation and Vons Foundation and offered by San Joaquin Valley Veterans (SJVV), a project of WestCare California. It is our absolute pleasure to share an update from Larry!

See the original post here: https://westcarecalifornia.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/veterans-safeway-to-work-program-gets-a-vet-back-on-the-road-to-employment/

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“Hello,

My name is Larry W. and I just wanted to let you know that since I completed the United Trucking School, I obtained a job through Bhandal Bros. Trucking, Inc. I drive the 11 Western State Region. If it was not for the Veterans Safeway to Work Program, I do not know where I would be at this point in my life! Before I left the Veteran’s Plaza, my case managers, Denis Brewer and Curtis Combs, assisted me with mock interviewing skills, took me to get my first haircut in over 20 years and made sure that I was groomed well for my interview.

It really feels good to have people like Denis and Curtis on my team. They were good to me at my stay at the Veteran’s Plaza and motivated me to get into my career. During my first run in my diesel, I drove to Arizona and then off to New Mexico. I was able to get an apartment and I am financially stable again. I am at a point in my life where I am happy again. I will be keeping in contact and sending more pictures. My goal in life is to own my own diesel and work for myself. Thanks to the Veteran’s Safeway to Work Program and my case managers at Veteran’s Plaza, my dream of trucking has become a reality!  Now back to trucking, I go…next stop: Portland.” – Larry W.

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Veterans Safeway to Work Program Gets A Vet Back on the Road to Employment

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Our Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) made possible by the Safeway Foundation and Vons Foundation and offered by San Joaquin Valley Veterans  (SJVV), a project of WestCare California, provides vocational assistance to Veterans in need of supplies or training for their desired profession. We’d like to share a letter written by our staff about one such Veteran that we serve.

“Larry came to the Veteran’s Plaza transitional housing program on December 1st, 2015. He had no source of income when he arrived and had a rough time adjusting at first. However, things started to change for him. He started opening up and would bring laughter to his peers and staff. One day, Larry informed me that he had 25 years of experience with driving trucks and that he wanted to get back into the field of truck driving. Then along came the Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP), which gave Larry the opportunity to get back into truck driving.  He finished his resume, began applying with various truck driving companies vswp-success-story-larry-1and was referred to United Truck Driving School as a refresher. In order to enroll, he needed $800.00 for tuition and a renewal for his Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). VSWP was able to assist Larry by covering the cost of both the class and his license renewal. He has since received a certificate in recognition of successful completion of the course! He said that he has so much to be thankful for this holiday season! Larry is currently working with an Employment Specialist at the Fresno VA as he continues his job search.” – Curtis Combs, Case Manager, Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP)

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Our reasons to be “Thankful”

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Our staff, our clients, our supporters, our collaborative partners and our friends! We are Thankful for all of you!  We will never take for granted all of the love, support and memories you have given us over the years and the lessons that you teach us everyday. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and please enjoy these stories from three of our WestCare family programs! 

 

11/20 –  Holiday Luncheon at Turtle Lodge

WestCare staff Jeff Estes and Annette Ortega took five clients to celebrate their Native American heritage at a holiday luncheon hosted by Turtle Lodge. There was drumming, good food, old and new friends and plenty of fun to be had that day. Andrea N. got down and dirty during the cherry pie eating contest even though she did not finish her pie first, she gave it a valiant effort. All WestCare clients and staff who attended took a new unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys 4 Tots drive being held there. It was great time for both the clients and the staff.

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11/24 – The Living Room Thanks Volunteers and Donors with a Thanksgiving Luncheon and Gives Back

Staff at the Living Room held a Thanksgiving luncheon to say thanks to their volunteers from MAC Cosmetics who have given their time at The Living Room and to donors and community partners from the Imperial Dove Court who have shown their support throughout the years. After the meal, the remaining food was served to over 60 homeless individuals on Belmont Avenue!

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 11/24 – SJVV Fresno Thanks Their Veterans with a Thanksgiving Luncheon

Staff at SJVV Fresno took the time out of their day to prepare a meal for the veterans that they serve to show just how thankful they are of everything that they have done in their time with the armed services. In all, the staff served over 75 veterans!

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wc-branding_CAFor over 40 years, WestCare California has been providing an opportunity for individuals to lead fuller, richer lives. Our team of multi-cultural, experienced and credentialed staff is dedicated to providing the best care to everyone who enters our doors. Our goal is to uplift the human spirit by providing the skills and support necessary for individuals to achieve their dreams and transform their lives.

WestCare provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Our service domains include mental health & wellness, substance abuse and addiction treatment, housing opportunities, education & prevention, criminal justice and veterans programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families.

Oorah – Raymond Gonzalez, SJVV Outreach Specialist

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Hi, my name is Raymond Gonzales. I work as an Outreach Specialist with San Joaquin Valley Veterans (SJVV) and have been in this position for over a year and a half. I’ve previously worked with Westcare eight years as an alcohol and drug counselor.

I served in the United States Marines in the 70’s and 80’s, while the Iran hostage Crisis was happening in 1979, and was deployed to Okinawa, and Korea. I am proud to have served my country and would go again if I could.

I am thrilled to be throwing out the first pitch at WestCare Night/San Joaquin Valley Veterans Night! Let us always remember to show appreciation for our military! Happy Fourth of July weekend and Go Grizzlies!

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