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Helping a Hero

A homeless veteran, Mr. Joe Kimes reached out to his community for help, at his most venerable state. Through his plea for help, Joe was connected with Community Action Agency to receive assistance from the Veterans and Families (SSVF) program. With strong community support behind him, Joe connected with Michigan Works! Southeast for assistance with obtaining employment.

After working closely with Michigan Works! Southeast, Joe was introduced to Mick Albig, the resident Veterans Career Advisor with the Talent Investment Agency. Joe completed a comprehensive assessment of his situation, goals, and needs and agreed on a plan to reach his goals. “During this process, we outlined goal oriented action plans geared towards helping Mr. Kimes overcome his challenges” said Mr. Albig. During this process, Joe prepared his resume and developed a job search plan.

Even though he relied on a bicycle or rides from others for his transportation needs, Joe continued to improve his job search skills by working with his career advisor. Eventually, Joe was hired in March through U.S. Staffing to work at Martinrea in Jonesville as a painter with a starting wage over $10.50 per hour.

Through collaboration, networking and partnership, the community of Hillsdale, MI was able to give back to a local hero. The workforce development system speeds veterans’ transition to a productive civilian life, translating their skills to an immediate payoff.