Working Wardrobes Awarded HVRP Grant for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Grant will fund Working Wardrobes programs to help veterans successfully transition from homelessness to the civilian workforce and self-sufficiency.

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The men and women who serve in our military have written a blank check to this country, payable with their lives, and it is our great honor to provide programs that assist in their transition to the civilian workforce

The United States Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, through its Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP), recently awarded a grant to Working Wardrobes, an Orange County, California nonprofit that helps people overcoming difficult challenges find meaningful employment and achieve self-sufficiency.

Working Wardrobes says this is the fourth consecutive year it has received the HVRP grant, and that this recent funding is among more than $35 million in grants the Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program has awarded this year to provide an estimated 16,000 homeless veterans with job-driven training for in-demand jobs – with the ultimate goal of helping them successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and quality civilian employment.

“We are thrilled to receive the HVRP grant for the fourth year in a row,” said Jerri Rosen, founder and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “It certainly validates the work we are doing through our VetNet program, the primary focus of which is to provide career readiness and life skills services to veterans who are making the oftentimes difficult transition to civilian life and to the civilian workforce.”

Various state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, and tribal governments across the country – including faith-based and community organizations – were awarded grants for the 2015-2016 Program Year. The Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program is the only federal program that focuses exclusively on employment of veterans who are homeless.

“I am extremely proud of VetNet and the work we do for our clients,” said Harry Humphries, a Working Wardrobes Board of Directors member, and co-founder and Executive Director of VetNet. “The men and women who serve in our military have written a blank check to this country, payable with their lives, and it is our great honor to provide programs that assist in their transition to the civilian workforce, to ensure they find a deserving and valuable place in our community.”

The Working Wardrobes VetNet program is a safety net for veterans that provides assistance in the transition to the civilian workforce through individual in-depth assessments, job training and placement, career services, housing referrals, financial literacy training, and professional wardrobes, to ensure the proper re-introduction of our warriors into civilian life and employment. .

This October, Working Wardrobes and the Orange County Rescue Mission will serve as co-leaders of the 5th annual Orange County Stand Down & Veterans Resource Expo event. This event, which takes place at the historic and iconic blimp hangars at the former Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, brings together many community nonprofit agencies and service providers to offer a comprehensive system to best assist the community’s homeless and transitioning veterans. As veterans struggle to readjust to civilian life, and some battling serious issues, they are often forced to go from one agency to another in an effort to access the various resources they need. The Orange County Stand Down and Veterans Resource Expo aims to address multiple issues for veterans at one time, and in one safe and trusted place.

Working Wardrobes celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2015, having served over 80,000 clients since its inception in 1990, and has special events planned throughout the year as part of this celebration. To learn how you can support these efforts, please visit:
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To learn more about the services Working Wardrobes provides, visit http://www.workingwardrobes.org, or call (714) 210-2460.

About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes is an independent nonprofit organization that empowers men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. The organization provides career training, job placement assistance, and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect.

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