Veterans Safeway to Work Program

A Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) Update from Kenneth R.

Posted on Updated on

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 a Veteran that we serve to our wonderful staff that helped him find his upcoming job with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital!

fghfh
Kenneth receiving his first tank of gas in March 2017 courtesy of VSWP to get to work prior to receiving an offer for full-time employment.

“Greetings brother Combs,

I just wanted to inform you that as of September 3, 2017, I will be working at the VA Hospital full-time. I was offered a position in the laundry room once I completed the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program with the VA. I want to thank Denis and you for all of the time and hard work that you both invested in me. You both gave me opportunities when nobody else did. You looked beyond my legal issues and saw me for the man that I am. I am thankful to have you guys in my life; you are blessings to me. I will always keep in contact with you both just to let you know how I am doing. You both kept me motivated and my head looking to the sky.

If it was not for Denis telling me how the Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) could assist me, I would probably still be unemployed. Denis has a lot of knowledge that can benefit Veterans. I am also thankful that he told me about the CWT program and was an advocate for me getting into that program. VSWP allowed me to purchase the necessary items that I needed for work and got me to my first paycheck by purchasing me a full tank of gas.

If you can pass this message along to the individuals who provided the funding from Safeway: You do not know how blessed I am to have you help the unemployed Veterans that live in the Fresno/Madera area. I know I am not the only one you did this for, but I truly want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You gave me life again. You confirmed to me that everything is going to be alright because there are people that truly care about Veterans.”

– Kenneth R.

VSWP Flyer

 

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.

Advertisements

A Veterans Safeway to Work Program (VSWP) Update from Tristan H.

Posted on Updated on

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 a Veteran that we serve to our wonderful staff that helped him keep up with coursework in his EMT course at Alert Medical Training!

“Mr. Combs,

Just wanted to let you know that I am doing great in my EMT course and that without my laptop, none of this would be possible! I am keeping up with my class and homework assignments. The laptop came right on time. I am truly thankful for Safeway donating money to assist veterans like myself. I will continue to keep in contact and call you if I get overwhelmed or stressed out. Yours and Denis’s counseling goes a long way and you both assisted me in navigating myself back on the right path.

Thanks for everything, I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart!”
– Tristan H.

We are also happy to share an update from Tristan’s instructor at Alert Medical Training: 

“Tristan is a very intelligent individual who participates daily. He is always on time to class and is in uniform. Tristan is one of the top 10 students in class overall. He makes a daily effort and it is always noticed!” – Robert Wankel, Paramedic A6-0908, EMT Program Director, Alert Medical Training

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

Posted on Updated on

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.

VSWP Flyer

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 James S.

Posted on Updated on

STUBBLEFIELD3Our 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 living on-site. It is our absolute pleasure to share an update from James, one of our Veterans that VSWP has helped!

“I just wanted to let you know that I am very happy with my employment here at Ecodynamics Inc as a full-time Pump Service Technician in Monte Vista, Colorado. I am having so much fun doing what I love to do. The clothes and shoes that the VSWP program purchased for me from Walmart are coming in handy. If it was not for the program, I would not be warm and most likely, I would have been ready to come back to California again. The program assisted me in filling out my job application and building my resume, which I am very thankful for. Without the program, I would still be living at the Veterans Plaza looking for a job. I am making $26 per hour, which is a lot, especially for a guy that was living off about $400 in benefits each month. All of my tools were shipped out here safely. I really would like to thank the VSWP and Veterans Plaza Case Managers for working with me and encouraging me to get back to work. Please continue to set the tone, you are doing a great job!”

Peace,

James S.

VSWP Flyer

wc-branding_CA

For 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.

Posted on Updated on

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/

2/28/2017

“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.

VSWP Flyer

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

Posted on Updated on

vswp-success-story-larry-2

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)

VSWP Flyer