By Miguel Garibay & Pia VIllalon | Division Director & Program Manager
In the U.S., more than 3.5 million people experience homelessness each year. 35% of the homeless population are families with children, which is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population and 23% are U.S. military veterans, our Heroes those that have risk their lives for our freedoms.
On behalf of the Center Texas Veterans Programs we want to thank you for your continued support through Global Giving every donation large or small counts and helps on giving a hand to a Veteran in need.
Because your donations and the grants from our funders Department of Labor (HVRP) and, other amazing supporters this month of December we will be able to distribute;
45 Walmart Gift cards (each one of 20.00 Dollar value)
30 HEB Gift Cards (each one of 20.00 Dollar value)
50 of 7 Day Local Bus passes.
70 Valero Gas Cards (each one of 20.00 Dollar value)
Our goal is to connect our Heroes back to their community, by helping them secure employment and housing, they deserve the best. Thank you for support!
DESCRIPTION OF PICTURE:
James was enrolled in the program on October 12th and obtained employment few weeks later with one of TCP's employer-partner. He is currently working part-time earning $9.00/hr and recently applied for additional schooling with SkillPoint's Electrical classes for free. James also acquired housing on November.
By Miguel Garibay & Pia Villalon | Division Director and Program Director
Every day at the Texas Center Point Veterans Program, we get to see and experience life changing experiences in the lives of our Heroes their gratitude for the help they are receiving doesn't compare with their passion for their service and the sacrifices they made for all of us. Your donations help us to leverage the funds that we have available to give our Heroes a Helping Hand!.
Few stories from our program
Mr. TH (basketball shirt) was enrolled on July. He has received job development services, such as resume writing skills, job search assistance and job referrals, and linkages with other providers. Mr. TH also received dress-for-success in which he was provided a suit, shirt, shoes, and socks. In this picture, Mr. TH was receiving a weekly *bus pass so that he can go to his job interview and the shoes that TCP received as a donation. Mr. TH recently obtained employment with Sweep Across TX, making $10.00/hr, for 40+ hours/week.
Mr. RR (red shirt) was also enrolled and received resume writing skills, job search and job referrals, and linkages with other providers. Mr. RR was referred to TCP by our Power-Partner Job Club, Texas Veterans Commission. Two weeks later, Mr. RR obtained employment with Premier Parking, making $10.00/hr, for 40 hrs/week. In this picture, Mr. RR was receiving a weekly *bus pass to assist him getting to work.
*Bus Passes are funded in part by Donations from Global Giving
Our Program in Numbers:
Average number of Veterans that receive Financial Assistance Weekly: 6
Dollar Amount provided in Financial Assistance in the last 3 Months: $21,769.18 *
Global Giving Donations for this project in the last 3 months total $435.38
Your help and support are essential in the work we are doing !
We are very grateful for the continued support received by all of you, your donations play a major factor in our ability to assist and help many our veterans, especially to support and fund those areas of need that traditional grants usually don’t fund.
The needs of our program participants are many and critical for example;
93% HAVE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS
68% HAVE FAMILY ISSUES
61% ARE UNEMPLOYED
85% ARE HOMELESS OR AT-RISK OF BECOMING HOMELESS, and
47% HAVE PROBLEMS OBTAINING VA BENEFITS
With your support to our project, we are able to provide immediate assistance and help stabilized our heroes until we connect them to services or help them in reconnecting with their community.
Your Donations through GlobalGiving are essential they fund many of our supportive services which include transportation assistance, such as the gas cards and bus passes that the veterans utilize for job interviews, job search, and/or other appointments geared towards employment or housing. In the last quarter, 22 veterans received this service.
We are proud to have you as our partner in this effort and we hope you continue to support us in changing lives and connecting communities.
Mr. Valdez served in the US Army from 1983-1986 with Honorable Discharge. According to Armando, he was staying in the streets when he walked into the Texas Workforce Center and met with one of the DVOP of Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). He was then referred to Texas Center Point, and enrolled in our Program. Armando received job development and housing services. Armando was referred to other local partner agencies for housing services. At the end of August, Armando was off the streets and was placed in a transitional housing. With the job development in place, Armando was trained in writing resume, job search, interviewing, and completing job applications online. By September, Armando was employed full-time as a Security Guard with Allied Barton - one of our employer partners. In addition, Armando received supportive services (funded in part by our Global Giving Donations), such as, gas cards and bus passes for transportation assistance, and daily clothing from TCP's mini clothes closet. Armando also received gift cards from HEB and Walmart for groceries and toiletries and to purchase specific work clothing. Throughout the 1st and 2nd quarters of being enrolled in our program, Armando maintained his housing and his employment with Allied Barton. According to Armando, he recently received the good news that he will be moving out of transitional housing to his own apartment.
“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Colin Powell
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