June 27 at 3:39pm

VASD awarded $700,000 to provide employment assistance


Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, has been awarded two grants, totaling $700,000, one from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the other from the U.S. Department of Labor

$400,000 Workforce Investment Act Grant
The California State Employment Development Department recently awarded a $400,000 grant to provide employment services to 150 veterans, of which 120 will be newly separated from the military. Grant funds came through funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act.

“This grant timing is perfect as we see a drawdown and separations increase,” said Bernard “Kimo” Gabriel, director of veterans assistance at Interfaith Community Services. “A lot of our veterans have difficulties and barriers. We really want to employ this grant to help them immediately,” Gabriel added.

Marinea Goodson, the group’s program manager for veterans services, said the money will be used to help offset costs associated with job training. Those include fees, transportation, tools and books.

“A lot of these things can be very expensive,” Goodson said. “Some of our veterans want to get into the medical field, or computer technology. Some want to be truck drivers.”

Interfaith and the VASD staff are proud to be chosen by the Employment Development Department and look forward to providing our veterans the best possible assistance in employment services so they can get back on the road to productive lives as private citizens.

$300,000 Department of Labor Grant
Similarly, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service announced yesterday that Veterans Assistance of San Diego, a division of Interfaith Community Services, has been awarded a $300,000 grant to provide local veterans with job training, job placement, housing and other services through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

In an Interfaith Community Services. “San Diego has the second largest veterans population in the State. More and more are being discharged every day, and many of those struggle to reintegrate with civilian life. With this grant we will be able to help hundreds of veterans find employment leading to their self development and independent living.”

Veterans Assistance of San Diego is a division of Interfaith Community Services. Interfaith provides a wide range of programs to help hungry, homeless, and low-income people throughout North San Diego County. Programs include food and basic needs, shelters and housing, employment services, family and social services, children and youth programs, senior services, veterans assistance, and addiction recovery. Each program is designed to “help people help themselves,” by empowering individuals to regain self-sufficiency. The agency has an annual budget of $10.4 million and employs 160 persons.