• Veterans Transition Center to Receive $25K Wells Fargo Grant

    Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County will be awarded a $25,000 Wells Fargo grant next Wednesday, Dec. 3 to help homeless veterans find jobs.  The check will be presented at Martinez Hall, Ft. Ord, at 2 p.m.

     “Veterans have fought many battles,” said VTC executive director Terry Bare.  “Finding a job shouldn’t be one of them. Working with our community partners, this grant will help us increase employment placement for our veterans, as well as help them with resume writing and job retention.”

    The grant will allow VTC to expand its new VET+PREP office in Martinez Hall on the former Ft Ord, increasing job assistance to homeless vets and vets at risk of being homeless.

    The $25,000 donation is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s Military Grant Program that helps organizations like VTC excel in providing workforce development and/or basic needs services for military veterans.

    “Wells Fargo is proud to partner with VTC to work together to meet the needs of our veterans,” said Joe Mathai, area president of Wells Fargo in Monterey County. “The development of our small businesses is critical to our region’s economic growth – and returning veterans should have the resources available to them to succeed in their ventures.”

    About Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County:  The Veterans Transition Center was founded at Ft. Ord in 1989.  Approximately 1200 veterans entered VTC doors last year for information, potential housing, food, clothing and other assistance.  VTC has been taking discarded Army homes at Ft. Ord and rehabbing them into transitional housing for homeless vets and their families and consistently has 50-55 clients in housing, and is seeing much younger homeless and imminently-homeless veterans on a daily basis. This program has the highest rating given by the Department of Veterans Affairs, based on graduates of the transitional housing program having a job, staying clean and sober, and maintaining permanent housing for one year after leaving the VTC program. Donors to this program are, indeed, buying a roof and a hand-up (not a hand-out!) to the homeless veterans and their families who have served our country, live on our soil, and are a part of Monterey County. www.vtcmonterey.org

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 29, 2014

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