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Hanford Veteran Finds Success After Reentry

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We’d like to share a letter written to our staff by the brother of Tony, a Veteran who was released from prison in August with no place to go. The day after his release, he came to our San Joaquin Valley Veterans (SJVV) office in Hanford, CA and was immediately housed by their staff and shortly after, was enrolled into school to obtain his trucking license! In December, he was discharged from the program having exceeded the requirements from earned income! He has since done extremely well for himself since he first stepped through our doors. We are proud so of all his hard work! Congratulations, Tony!

“Hi Stephanie,

I wanted to share these photos with you. I am so proud of my brother and the progress [that] he has accomplished in such a short period of time. I thank God for watching over him, because only God could create all the milestones in his life to date. I thank you too for being a great support mentor and I know he has great respect for you and your staff at WestCare. Your organization’s name says it all. You CARE.”

With great respect,

Steven L.

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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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Ten VSWP Veterans Graduate from the Fresno City College Police Academy

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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 an update for ten of our VSWP Vets who graduated from Fresno City College’s State Center Regional Training Facility (SCRTF) Police Academy this past December!

On December 11, 2017, we were proud to see ten of our Veterans served by our VSWP program be a part of the 148th graduating class of the SCRTF police academy at Fresno City College! Prior to their graduation, they have all found employment with local law enforcement agencies (Fresno and Madera Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office).

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It is our honor to say that this is our first class of Veterans that are graduating after their time with VSWP! We treated our grads to a dinner where they shared with our Deputy Administrator of Community-Based Programs, Lynn Pimentel, their personal backgrounds, what led them to choose this career path and how VSWP assisted them in their quest of becoming police officers. We are beaming with pride for all that they have accomplished and know that they will continue to make us proud while they make a positive difference within the communities that they serve!

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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 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.

 

 

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.

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.