Telamon Helps Homeless Veterans Secure Meaningful Employment
July 28, 2016
Columbia, SC ( July 26, 2016) - Telamon SC was awarded $300,000 from the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) to assist homeless and at – risk - of homelessness veterans make the transition to employment, a higher degree of security, and a more secure housing situation by providing employment, training, and support services. Telamon will help veterans by providing them with training, credentialing, and certifications based on their military experience/training. Services provided will include occupational, class room and on-the-job training as well as job coaching, resume development, interviewing skills, job search and placement. In addition, Telamon will work closely with community partners to transition homeless veterans into stable, decent and affordable housing and other support services.
The areas to be served comprise the Columbia SC MSA which is made up of Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, and Richland counties. The Columbia MSA is ranked 73rd in terms of the general population and includes 70,526 veteran women and men, 22% of South Carolina’s total veteran population (Estimate for 9/30/15 from the US Department of Veteran Affairs; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning; Office of the Actuary, Veteran Projection Model-VetPop 2014, September 2015).
Homelessness is a harrowing situation whenever it occurs. When this happens to women and men who have served and risked their lives for the United States, it is a tragedy. There are a number of factors that drive Telamon SC’s identified need for an urban Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program in the specified service areas. These include a large population of homeless and at-risk veterans living in poverty and with high levels of unemployment within a business environment that provides hope for jobs and self-sufficiency. Statistics indicate that female veterans are twice as likely to be homeless than the general female population. Special efforts will be made to reach out to female veterans as well as previously incarcerated veterans.
Telamon Corporation is a nonprofit organization that is proudly celebrating over 50 years of “empowering individuals and improving communities” in 12 states. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Telamon -South Carolina first opened its doors in 1983. “We are honored to serve our homeless and at-risk veterans as they have served our country. Working as a team in a professional, caring, and compassionate environment will yield benefits for all whom are involved.” (Stephannie Durant-Brooks, Telamon SC State Director)
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