Goodwill Central Texas receives $75K grant from the Texas Veterans Commission
For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2016
Valerie Swift, Senior Director, Community Engagement, Goodwill Central Texas, 512.574.4242
AUSTIN, Texas – Goodwill Central Texas has received a $75,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. This grant will provide Veterans and eligible family members who are seeking work, or are newly employed, with a critical safety net to meet immediate short-term needs and help the family start a journey towards self-sufficiency, while the client engages in work-related services designed to promote long-term economic stability.
The Texas Veterans Commission grant will be used for 150 veterans and eligible immediate family members, who will be provided with an average of $500 in emergency financial assistance (maximum of $1,000). This enhances Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs program by offering an additional support for veterans to achieve employment success.
“It’s much easier for veterans and military family members to find and maintain employment if they have access to reliable transportation, stable housing and utilities, child care, and basic medical needs. This FVA grant will help bridge that gap so they can focus on finding employment, instead of wondering if they’re going to be evicted because they can’t pay their rent, or foreclosed on because they can’t keep up with their house payments. Even paying overdue utilities so they’re not shut off is a huge issue for our veterans,” stated Eugene Edwards, Grant Project Supervisor at Goodwill Central Texas. “We want our veterans to not have to worry about those issues. Even getting to a job interview can be challenging for some veterans. These funds can be used for items like car repairs or to get a bus pass. The FVA grant serves as that one time emergency financial assistance that they may need to become successful.”
Services will be offered to Central Texas Veterans and eligible family members at one of Goodwill’s more than a dozen Job Help Centers and service locations, depending on the preferences of the Veteran. Currently, most services to Veterans are offered at Job Help Centers at the Goodwill Community Center (1015 Norwood Park Boulevard, Austin), Goodwill Resource Center (6505 Burleson Road, Austin), the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (Rosewood Courts, East Austin), the Goodwill Oak Hill Job Help Center (7100 Highway 290, Austin) Round Rock Job Help Center (150 West Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock), the San Marcos Job Help Center (1005 Highway 80, San Marcos) and co-located sites at the Salvation Army, and Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH).
This funding will help better serve individuals who are being assisted through Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs, which launched in 2012 and is funded by the Walmart Foundation. Operation: GoodJobs focuses on hard-to-serve Veterans such as those with a lack of education, physical/mental disabilities, criminal convictions, a history of substance abuse, or other obstacles. The services provided to Veterans include career advancement training, occupational skills training, financial literacy, case management, career assessment/planning, and other career support services.
About Goodwill Central Texas:
Goodwill Central Texas is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to generating lifelong connections to work. Revenue generated through the sale of donated goods is used to fund education opportunities, career-readiness training, and placement services for Central Texans. For more information about Goodwill Central Texas, go to www.goodwillcentraltexas.org.
Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance
The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grant program was established in 2007 by the 80th Legislature and funded in late 2009. The program awards reimbursement grants in four categories: General Assistance, Housing4TexasHeroes, Veterans Mental Health, and Veterans Treatment Court Grants. These grants offer funding to non-profit and local government organizations, which, in turn, provide direct services to Texas Veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.tvc.texas.gov.
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