(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that Partners in Careers, in Vancouver, WA, has been awarded $173,280 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. This investment will help the group launch their new Veteran Women Program (VWP)-Homeward Bound to expand their services to homeless men and women veterans with children. Murray had written a letter to the DOL supporting Partners in Careers’ grant application Yesterday, Senator Murray fought to pass her bill to provide services and support to homeless women veterans in Washington state and across the country, but was blocked on the Senate floor by Senate Republicans.
“I am so glad that Partners in Careers will be receiving this federal investment to help local homeless veterans get the support they need to stay off the streets and get their lives back on track,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I am fighting to help homeless veterans in Washington state and across the country because I believe that it's up to us to make sure that the veterans who have sacrificed so much for all of us get the services and support they have earned when they come home. I was deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked my bill yesterday, but I am not going to stop fighting for veterans in Vancouver and across Washington state.”
“We will be hitting the road this summer with our Homeward Bound traveling office in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. We will be connecting with homeless veterans and their families providing assistance with housing, childcare and employment services,” said Pam Brokaw, Executive Director of Partners in Careers. “This program will employ veterans in our program assisting with outreach. Veterans will be teamed up with our program coordinator Emily Stoutsenberger, a US Navy veteran. “
Said Stoutsenberger, “This is all about vets helping vets. I am looking forward to joining with my fellow veterans in reaching out to homeless veterans and their families. This grant will significantly expand the program to provide additional resources to our veterans and their families,”
The VWP piloted their ground-breaking program on December of 2009 to specifically address the needs of our underserved women veterans. PIC would like to further increase the program’s capacity to meet the growing needs of homeless veterans with children and to connect them with employment opportunities, transitional housing and quality childcare. PIC plans to launch the Homeward Bound program in the Southwest Washington area.
VWP’s Homeward Bound program aims to build a diverse base of partnerships, and to capitalize on existing veteran outreach efforts addressing mental health, childcare, housing and other basic needs. In addition, collaborative efforts will be made with local businesses to make employment placement for homeless veterans a priority.