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OHIO VALLEY GOODWILL INDUSTRIES REHABILITATION CENTER INC
October 25, 2010

The Goodwill Organization has played an instrumental role in placing Veteran’s with extreme barriers to employment in permanent self-sufficient positions in the Northern Kentucky Area. The Homeless Veteran Re-integration Program (HVRP) has provided these veterans with bus passes for transportation, tools and clothing for specific occupations, counseling, vocational training for clients lacking marketable skills, housing and job lead information. Goodwill’s service is not limited to their program. Training and employment are a major focus of the Goodwill Staff. One staff member volunteered to teach the weekly basic computer skills class, which serves as a skills development/confidence builder and launching pad for hire levels of training. Another staff member regularly participates in employment service activities, helping employers set up in-house interviewing and controlling the flow of applicants during the process. Goodwill Industries recently helped sponsor the American Legion Job Fair hosting 55 local employers, over 350 participants. This event was deemed a success by employers and participants alike and resulted in 62 direct hires. The Goodwill staff helped man the registration table, providing company listings, maps and job search information to job seekers. The Goodwill HVRP Staff also played a critical role in promoting and helping staff the NKY Veterans Job Fair that will host 80 companies and 650-900 jobseekers. Goodwill has actively participated in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Veteran Service Committee during the committee’s two-year tenure. The organization strives to improve and provide Veteran employment, training and services in the Tri-state area. The VSC has created Veteran Service Cards containing names and telephone numbers of services frequently used by veterans. The organization has also publicized Veteran events including 18 job fairs, ceremonies and several workshops. The Goodwill Program has provided a proven record of success in the realms of employment, education and training. I think that any grant awarded to this organization would be money well spent. The investment would be magnified in the lives of the people they serve and enhance the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Workforce.

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As a Veteran's Employment Representative working hand-and-hand with the Goodwill HVRP Staff, I have personally the difference they have made in many veterans life by providing: housing, counseling, clothing asssistance, food assistance, transportation and fuel and employment to veterans with extreme barriers. They have assisted ex-felons, recovering addicts, people with behavioral disorders and people who have been living on the streets obtain and secure emplouyment and get their lives back on track.

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I would place the Goodwill HVRP Program in every major area One Stop in the State of Kentucky.

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Professional with expertise in this field & I worked with the Goodwill HVRP Staff at the One Stop Northern Kentucky.