Success Story:
Workforce & Career Services Help Veterans Meet Academic and Career Goals

Raymond, South Carolina

May 2018 is a time that Raymond will never forget. A homeless and unemployed veteran who had been addicted to drugs for over 30 years, Raymond walked into the Salvation Army’s Community Residential Center (CRC) to begin the journey of putting his life back together. After participating in the CRC program for over a month, Raymond was ready to take the next steps on his journey and look for employment. Referred to Telamon’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) in South Carolina, Raymond worked with our staff who assisted him with job readiness training, writing his resume, and identifying job leads. We were also able to get Raymond placed in a forklift certification program at Greenville Technical College.

My dream for the future is to continue to keep God first in everything that I do in my everyday life. I am nothing without him. I will do what it takes to take care of me and my family. To sum it all up, to ultimately live a sober and blessed life with God in the midst of it all! —Raymond

In November, Raymond graduated from the CRC program. In January, he completed his forklift certification, and today, he is employed at a local manufacturing company. In addition to Raymond’s commitment and willingness to work hard toward his recovery, he also received a great deal of support along the way from the Salvation Army, the community college, and others along the way — such as Benjamin Pressley of the SC Department of Workforce and Development. At Telamon, we believe in the importance of collaborating with community organizations. Working together, we are able to take the kind of comprehensive approach that helps people like Raymond navigate the rough patches on life’s journey, and in the process, build better communities for all residents.

Telamon-TRC’s Workforce & Career Services encompasses a broad array of customized work readiness and job skill training programs, focusing on helping farmworkers, veterans, and youth who seek to build skills and career paths. Work readiness and job skill development are often supplemented by language services (ESL), educational support (GED) and includes one-on-one counseling, group workshops and supportive services. 

Since 1965 Telamon-TRC has helped individuals like you access services that lead to better jobs, better lives, and better communities. Find a Workforce & Career Services program near you today.