Commerce Helps Homeless Vets Find Jobs, Health Services

Durham, N.C. – September 19, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions will participate in a Stand Down in Durham on Friday, September 20, 2013 to help homeless veterans find employment and obtain needed medical, dental, lifestyle services.

Stand Downs provide veterans with housing assistance, food, clothing, and medical and dental care, thanks to partnerships between the Division of Workforce Solutions and communities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, federal, local and state agencies, community colleges and even the Internal Revenue Service. Veterans will be provided with hot meals, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, sleeping bags and blankets.

The Stand Down will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at 750 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC 27704.

“We’re extremely proud to offer our support to such a worthwhile program,” said Roger Shackleford, Assistant Secretary for Workforce Solutions. “Not only can we help a significant part of North Carolina’s workforce, but we can also give back to those men and women who have given so much for our state and country.”

Stand Downs are scheduled in the following North Carolina communities throughout the rest of 2013:
• Greensboro – September 27
• Raleigh – October 4
• Sanford – October 12
• Charlotte – October 15
• Greenville – October 25
• Fayetteville – TBA
• Goldsboro – November 6
• Reidsville – November 8

For more information about Stand Downs, visit http://www.va.gov/homeless/standdown.asp

The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions offers several programs to assist veterans in their search for jobs. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program allows participants to take one year’s worth of community-college courses and receive a monthly stipend during their time in school. The division employs specialists across the state who help connect veteran job seekers with jobs, and it schedules job fairs in conjunction with Veterans’ Day. For more information about the services offered to veterans through the Division of Workforce Solutions, visit www.nccommerce.com/jobseekers.

Contact: Josh Ellis
Phone: 919 733-3438

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