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Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

Meet Walt

Workforce Challenge

Walt was referred to a Veteran Labor and Employment Specialist during Vet of the Day duties at Arapahoe/Douglas Works!. He attested to being low income, homeless, previously incarcerated and in need of intensive job search assistance.

Workforce Solution

Walt received assistance with his resume, attended workshops, and developed a redemption statement to discuss his background issues with employers. He also received assistance in obtaining a copy of his DD214 which was needed to request housing assistance as Walt was often staying in his car that was in need of repair. With the assistance of the workforce center and the Veterans Service-to-Career Pilot grant, Walt was able to receive a $50 dollar gift card for groceries/gas, $3892.62 worth of car repairs, two nights in a hotel while his vehicle was being repaired and an emergency backpack kit.

Outcomes & Benefits

Walt was guided in targeting smaller businesses who would more likely be open to his background issues and to also leverage his CDL license in his job search. This assistance and guidance helped Walt obtain full-time employment plus overtime.

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