Part 6 – Resources for Participants
This is a list of general re-entry resources by category. You will find other resources specific to your community in the next section. This is a “living” document. We will be adding to this often and if you find out about a resource that is not included in this, please let us know and we will disperse that information to all volunteers!
Guidelines For Offender Flex Fund Spending
ALL RESOURCES GIVEN MUST BE DOCUMENTED ON THE MONTHLY ATTENDANCE SHEET
- Any expenditure over $50 must be approved by the CCOS Director and Agent.
- Community resources should be exhausted first, except in an immediate need circumstance.
- Expenditure must support the mission of overcoming a barrier to success, for the participant.
- A participant getting funding is asked to work out a budget and may be referred to FISC.
Gas cards: Cautiously given. A participant in good standing may receive up to $50 in gas cards.
Goodwill vouchers: Vouchers are $25 and are a gift from GW. No change is given. Vouchers should be used completely in one visit. Please make participant aware of this. Vouchers should generally be used when a participant is moving into an apartment and needs household items. They can also be given along with a Goodwill gift card.
Goodwill gift cards: Purchased by Circles and can be used like a typical gift card. There are $50 cards available in winter when coats need to be purchased.
Wal-Mart gift cards: Often used for steel-toed boots for a new job or other immediate needs. It’s preferred that these cards are not given until participant has attended at least one meeting.
Bus tokens/passes: Will be given at the discretion of each Circle with the goal of transportation self-sufficiency being 90 days or sooner.
Trac phones: May be purchased for $10 along with $25 in minutes with a Wal-Mart card. Minutes should be purchased no more than once per participant. A free phone should be applied for.
Medications: Purchase of medications for participants shall not exceed $200. Discount drug cards should be encouraged.
Assessments for DL recovery: Partial payment may be made for a driver’s license assessment if agent cannot provide payment. Consider the following before referring: Cost of license reinstatement ($50), SR22 cost (large), cost of a vehicle, gas, and maintenance (and extra court-ordered appliance). Money may be available towards other assessments as well, upon request.
Tools of the trade: $200 cap is applied
Class tuition/Books: Participant must be in excellent standing with Circles. Max of $200.
Vehicle repairs: $200 cap is applied.
Bikes: Bike locks and lights are available. The participant must have no other means of transportation. Vouchers for bikes are kept in the Regional Directors office and must be signed out. These vouchers have instructions on how to use to purchase a bike at the Goodwill Outlet.
How Volunteers Access Flex Funds
and Work Experiences
When volunteers request flex funds to be provided for participants, these procedures are to be used:
Gas Cards, Goodwill Vouchers/gift cards, Walmart Cards:
FV: Group Leader or designee picks them up from Regional Director’s office and documents on the sign out log. Other regions’ will put in a request with the Regional Director and delivery will be agreed upon.
Each region has a different venue for purchasing bus passes. Please speak to Regional Director.
Assessments; Tools of the Trade; Class Tuition/Books; Car Repairs; IDs/Drivers License:
Requests are to be submitted to Regional Director which would include supporting info for request as well as relevant info such as who the check should be made out to and when the money is needed as well as how it should be delivered-mail, personal pickup by volunteer or participant. It is important to keep in mind that this process can take time and volunteer and participant need to plan accordingly.
All of these requests need to be approved by the agent.
Bikes: FV: Bike voucher, locks and bike lights can be picked up at Regional Director Office, signing the log with identifying info and then given to the participant. Instructions on how to use the voucher is typed out on the voucher itself. Other regions’ will put in a request with the Regional Director and delivery will be agreed upon.
Goodwill Work Experience: A GW store work experience is for ten weeks at twenty hours per week.
To make a referral, send the request to the Regional Director along with the person’s name and telephone number. We must have an intake and 1336 from the agent on file before a referral can be made to the store. The participant should already be attending meetings. During the work experience they should attend Circles weekly. They should not be working at other venues during this time. They do not have to give a two week notice when leaving. If they get a job, a day’s notice will suffice. The purpose of the work experience is to help them to get a job. They should be actively applying while working with Goodwill. If on SSI they should be first referred to the DVR. (Dept of Vocational Rehab)
FISC Fees Waived for Participants
FISC has agreed to waive fees for any Circles of Support participants who would like to receive financial counseling.
This can be especially helpful for those with large back child support issues. Working with an agency like FISC could help them to get on a better payment plan, etc.
Here’s all they have to do to get started:
Call the Goodwill Community Campus number (920-968-6888 and then hit 0) and tell the receptionist that you would like to speak with FISC. When talking with the receptionist with FISC, they have to let them know that they are a Circle of Support participant.
This is important that they remember to say this so the fee can be waived. They will then be sent a packet of paperwork to fill out. Once returned, an appointment will be set up.
There are paperwork packets in the Circles office as well.
Fox Lake Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 200
Fox Lake, WI 53933-0200
March 19, 2010
Honorable Daniel M. Floeter
Dane County Commissioner’s Center
215 South Hamilton Street, Room 2000
Madison, WI 53703
Re: Court Case: ———————, IV-D Case: ———————-
Dear Honorable Daniel Floeter,
In anticipation of the April 13, 2010 hearing on Motion to Modify Child Support Order, please find attached the following documents: Financial disclosure form and Child Support Payment Journal. I would appreciate it if the court would accept these documents as exhibits. These documents will serve to verify my steady child support payments, and my current income level.
I am submitting the Child Support Payment Journal to verify that I was not in arrears from May 20, 2008 until October 5, 2009. As of June 10, 2008 the Department of Workforce and Development placed a lien on my driver’s license for failure to pay child support. This caused the Department of Transportation to suspend my license for 5 years. I request that you please revisit the suspension.
I verify that the above-mentioned information is true to the best of my knowledge, and I request that this information be made available in the above-mentioned hearing.
Job Search Checklist
- Contact Workforce Development on a regular schedule.
- Attend Opening Doors, possibly every other Friday.
- Develop or update resume with Workforce Development staff.
- Check/apply for positions at Goodwill.
- Apply for/complete Goodwill Work Experience program.
- Ask supervisor (current and past) for reference letter.
- Contact/meet with Job Center staff-ask for help in writing a “letter of explanation.”
- Obtain/review Workforce Development workshop schedule.
- Select and attend workshops at Workforce Development.
- Work with FSET (can obtain bus passes, gas cards, work clothes, etc.).
- Use job search log (where and when applied, what was response, follow-up dates).
- Apply at temp agencies, and follow-up after applications submitted.
- Evaluate physical appearance. If necessary, identify ways to maximize positive first impressions.
- Brush up on interview skills; workshop at Workforce Development.
- Approach team leaders or supervisors at current work site for feedback on job performance or other available positions.
Job Search Websites
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs
WIA Services Offered
- Career Center Services
- Career Assessments
- Case Management
- Career Planning
- Job Seeker Workshops
- Resume/Cover Letter Assistance
- Mock Interviewing
- Tuition and Book Assistance*
- On-the-Job Training
- Supportive Services
*May vary by program and area
- WIA Dislocated Worker Program
- WIA Adult Program
- WIA Youth Program
Dislocated Worker Program
- Must have received notification of a layoff or had a permanent layoff with no recall date within the last five years OR
- Have been self-employed, and are in the process of or have already gone out of business OR
- Have been providing unpaid services to family members in the home, and due to death, legal separation or divorce and are no longer able to depend on that income.
- Must be 18 year of age or older
- Gross household income in the last six months below 200% of the federal poverty level
Youth between the ages of 14-21 and meet at least one of the following:
- High School Dropout
- Pregnant or Parenting
- Basic Skills Deficient
- Poor English Skills, Work History and/or education
- Homeless, Runaway, or Foster child
- AND Have little or no income (requirement)
Contact information for area of residence
Resources for Housing Assistance
Subsidized Housing For Low-Income Families
Pay rent based upon income while residing in rental unit
37 Tayco St.
Menasha, WI 54952
Edge O’Town Apartments
504 & 506 Burdick St.
Black Creek, WI
115 Professional Plaza
Neenah, WI 54956
Scattered Sites Duplexes
(Tri County Area)
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Maplewood Meadows I & II
Maple St. & Byrd Ave.
Neenah, WI 54956
Lakeside Commons Mgmt.
2 & 3 BR Units
1820 Chain Dr.
Menasha, WI 54952
Neenah, WI 54956
2 & 3 BR Units
2820 Kernan Ave.
Appleton, WI 54915
2 &3 BR Units
Neenah, WI 54956
500 E Eagle Flats Parkway
Wolf River Terrace
105 E. Elm St.
Shiocton, WI 54170
Menasha, WI 54952
Lakeside Commons Mgnt.
1 & 2 Br Units
3040 Green Meadow Dr.
Appleton, WI 54914
Section 42: Affordable housing to people with fixed or lower income
Fox Valley Meadows
300-304 Schindler Place
1610-1640 Holland Rd.
Subsidized Housing-Low Income Elderly
Neenah, WI 54956
N247 Marie Claire Dr.
Appleton, WI 54949
Chilton Housing Authority
312 Bonk St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Country View Apartments
7229 County S
515 W First St.
Kimberly, WI 54136
37 Tayco St.
Menasha, WI 54952
Elizabeth Court Apartments
936 Sixth St.
Menasha, WI 54952
115 Professional Plaza
Neenah, WI 54956
210 Haylett St.
Neenah, WI 54956
Oshkosh, WI 54901
526 W Factory St.
Seymour, WI 54165
John Rischer Manor
330 E. First Ave.
Appleton, WI 54911
Golden Venture Apartments
125 W. Tenth St.
Kaukauna, WI 54130
211 Fifth St.
Neenah & Menasha
North Manor Apartments
Outagamie County Housing
Randall Court Apts.
218 E Randall St.
Appleton, WI 54911
525 N Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54911
Outagamie County Housing Authority-Pinewood
125 John St.
Hortonville, WI 54915
431 E. Eagle Flats
Appleton, WI 54915
Round House Manor
300 Bicentenial Ct.
Kaukauna, WI 54130
St. Paul Manor Assisted Living
Kaukauna, WI 54130
2600 S. Heritage Woods Dr.
49 Main St.
334 Wallace St.
Combined Locks, WI
Wolf River Terrace
3040 Green Meadow Dr.
Appleton, WI 54914
Zion Lutheran Church
PARTIAL LIST OF OWNERS WHO ACCEPT
SECTION 8 VOUCHERS
Owner Name Phone
Appleton Court Apartments………………………………………………………………………….. 920-738-0446
Best Real Estate Management, LLC……………………………………………………………….. 920-749-4902
Chateau Townhomes (3 BR only)…………………………………………………………………… 920-378-4158
Coldwell Banker…………………………………………………………………………………………… 920-993-8282
Colony Oaks Apartments………………………………………………………………………………. 920-830-1885
David Viaene……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 920-378-3211
Ed Manske………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 920-725-0986
Fox Valley Meadows……………………………………………………………………………………. 920-830-3361
Housing Partnership (no So)………………………………………………………………………….. 920-731-6644
Holland Place Apartments…………………………………………………………………………….. 920-904-0435
Judy Enz @ Winsome Rentals, LLC………………………………………………………………… 920-475-8956
Marquette Highland Apartments…………………………………………………………………… 920-733-0044
Oakwood Manor………………………………………………………………………………………….. 920-652-4594
Premier Real Estate…………………………………………………………………………………….. 920-969-0594
Veterans’ Mentor Group
Helping Veterans get back to where they want and need to be.
Who we are:
Veterans’ Mentor Group, Inc. is a group of Veteran Mentors, Veterans, and partners from within our communities who share and understand the unique experience of military service, military life, and the distinctive needs that may arise from that experience. We are brought together with the singular purpose to support the Outagamie County Veteran’s Treatment Court and to fill the gap in resources to make certain that our Veterans gain the assistance they need and have earned. Veterans’ Mentor Group, Inc. has been recognized as a Charitable Organization with the State of Wisconsin and have received our Tax Exempt status with the IRS as a 501 c (3).
What we do:
Each of us has experienced personally, known someone or have encountered a Veteran in need and who was unable to be assisted due to their own unique circumstances or was denied due to the provisions of the organization or program. We do not intend to duplicate the existing services provided by Local, State, Federal or National organizations or programs. There are many programs, groups and supportive elements within reach to apply to. Our intent is to ensure the Veteran is aware of and has applied to these resources. If they are denied assistance, we will work to assist as best we can and within reason, to alleviate the specific issues.
We will actively and strategically partner with other entities within our communities to ensure we do not duplicate services. We will support each by utilizing all resources as a first step. We will actively seek out and partner with State and Federal organizations and Agencies to ensure we are utilizing all resources and tools at our disposal.
Areas of need for our Veterans go beyond the basic needs. Socialization, reintegration back to their community and becoming involved in activities that are positive and have an impact on their well-being as well as supportive elements not able to be gleaned through other means and resources, are some areas we find are needed.
The ultimate objective is to introduce our Veterans to resources they may not know were in existence, provide them a means to become self-sustaining, allow them to become a productive member of society as best they can and to develop a lasting set of skills that will be of use to them for their lifetime.
In support of our partner, Riverview Gardens, our mentors and participants have collected more than 6,600 pounds of donated produce from the Farmer’s Market vendors for the Shared Harvest program since June 27, 2015. This produce is then transported to the Freedom House Food Pantry to be disbursed to those in need within our community.
Local Veterans Resources
- For local assistance in applying to State and Federal VA benefits: http://wicvso.org/
- For referral to local resources: 211.org
- Veteran Employment Assistance: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/veterans/
- For assistance with transportation: Friends of Veterans, Inc
- o Serving the Fox Valley and offering transportation assistance to Veterans and spouses in need. Call 920-687-8806 or visit rides4vets.com
- For OIF/OEF Veterans needing assistance: USACares.org
- For current Service Members and recently separated Veterans within the past six months: MilitaryOneSource
- For assistance with Basic Needs: Fox Valley Veterans Council
- SCORE(national) / SCORE (Fox Valley Chapter)
- o SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.
- Veterans Crisis Line
- o Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Center for Suicide Awareness
- o Text “HOPELINE” to 741741. Because sometimes you just need someone to talk to. HOPELINE is the first Emotional Support Text Line in the State of Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state. HOPELINE’s purpose is to offer emotional support and resources before situations rise to crisis level. Texts received reflect struggles with breakups, job loss, bullying, LGBTQ issues, parental issues, school, friends, relationship issues or any struggle a person is experiencing.
- o HOPELINE Text Line serves anyone in any type of situation, providing them access to free, 24/7 emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text.
Someone texts into HOPELINE — 741741 — anywhere, anytime, about any type of challenge or struggle. A live, trained specialist receives the text and responds quickly. Each person that texts is important to us and we care about what they are dealing with. Contact: Mike Crum, Veterans Services Coordinator; 920-475-4748 or [email protected]
Mesothelioma Veterans Center – Helping Veterans with Mesothelioma: United States Military veterans make up over 30% of all patients with malignant mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos. Learn more about your benefit options with our VA-accredited claims agents, all free of charge.
AM Vets: AM Vets endeavors to provide fellow veterans with the type of support they truly deserve. This outreach effort takes many forms, from the professional advice our service officers offer on earned veterans benefits, to our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill, to the work done by our hospital volunteers. AMVETS is the nation’s most-inclusive major veterans’ group, with membership open to anyone who has served honorably since WWII, including members of the Guard and Reserve.
DAV: DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. The vans are driven by volunteers, and the rides coordinated by almost 200 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country. DAV Hospital Service Coordinator Directory can be found here.
American Legion: A patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Lone Survivor Foundation: The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded warriors and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers: County Veterans Service Officers have a compassionate understanding of the problems that confront veterans, widows, widowers, and children. The officers know the extent, the meaning and the application of laws that have been passed in the interests of veterans and their dependents. They also know the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to clarify and implement those laws.
Vietnam Veterans of America: VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
Virginia Wounded Warrior Program: The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, part of the Department of Veteran Services, assists families of veterans with combat stress, stress relating to military service, and traumatic brain injuries, by providing necessary resources, support groups, community events, and access to familyofheroes.com. We meet with families at their homes or in the community to discuss their personal needs and what our program can offer them. VWWP has five regions throughout the state of Virginia.
Annuity.org: Veterans and their families under the Veterans Pension and Survivors Pension benefit programs often do not know what options are available to them due to the complexity of annuities. Our site has information on the different types of annuities, the tax implications involved in owning one and how to handle a structured settlement.
Army Emergency Relief: AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.” AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers
Coast Guard Foundation: A national nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of the men and women of the Coast Guard and their families. Founded more than 40 years ago, the Coast Guard Foundation provides education, support and relief for the brave men and women, who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland and preserve the environment.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA): The official relief society of the U.S. Coast Guard. CGMA is a non-profit charitable organization established to provide financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family. While CGMA works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, it is an independent corporation. Its mission is to promote the financial stability and general well-being of Coast Guard people through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling.
Hope For The Warriors: The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Luke’s Wings: Provides families of wounded warriors the means to visit their service member during hospitalization and rehabilitation. Luke’s Wings purchases the plane tickets and plans the trips, then Luke’s Wings partners with other non profit who can provide other services including, but not limited to, free or discounted accommodations, meals, entertainment, local travel vouchers, city tours, etc.
Making Home Affordable: To meet the various needs of homeowners across the country, Making Home Affordable ® programs offer a range of solutions that may be able to help you take action before it’s too late: Refinance and take advantage of today’s low mortgage interest rates, reduce your monthly mortgage payments, get mortgage relief while searching for re-employment, get help when you owe more than your home is worth, avoid foreclosure when homeownership is no longer affordable or desirable.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: Provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the US Navy, eligible family members, and survivors when in need. The Society provides assistance in the form of Interest-free loans and grants, scholarships, financial counseling, visiting nurses, and thrift stores.
Operation First Response: The mission of Operation First Response, Inc. (OFR) is to serve all branches of our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injuries or illness, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life to the civilian world.
Operation Homefront: Assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery by providing emergency financial assistance to service members and their families as they take corrective action to resolve their financial situations.
Rebuild Hope: Rebuild Hope helps the families of severely disabled U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan overcome short term financial problems and build healthier, more stable lives. Rebuild Hope provides grants and no-interest loans, helps veterans develop realistic annual budgets, and offers complementary counseling and referral services.
Semper Fi Fund: The SFF provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. Our program provides support in a variety of ways including Service Member and Family Support, Specialized & Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance, PTSD and TBI Support, Team Semper Fi, and America’s Fund: a self-funded program administered by the Semper Fi Fund that currently assists those service members with catastrophic injuries in intensive care units at our nation’s military hospitals, regardless of what military branch they serve in.
Unmet Needs – by VFW: Unmet Needs assists with basic life needs such as: mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food and clothing. Unmet Needs helps meet unanticipated financial demands on our service members’ families that can’t be remedied through existing means and provides our service members with the security of knowing that their families have additional support here at home.
US Soldiers Foundation: The mission of the USSF is to provide additional services to our soldiers, veterans and their families which are not currently being provided. Support will include assistance for the housing needs of returning veterans. This aid will be in the form of low-cost mortgages. In addition, insurance, medical, dental, psychological, spiritual, and financial assistance, job placement and education/training. The United States Soldiers Foundation will also employ many veterans in projects around the country.
VeteransPlus: Designed by Veterans and are delivered by Veterans to provide practical financial solutions geared to real life circumstances of current and former military personnel. Our counselors and educators have been where you are and they are dedicated to your success. In the often confusing atmosphere of stressful financial situations, our Veteran counselors can help break down communication barriers that might exist when Veterans discuss personnel finances with nonVeterans.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to people who make $51,000 or less. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located throughout the community and on many military installations. Check with your base legal office or family support center for more info.
VA Loan Center.net has relationships with VA Loan Specialists at approved VA lenders who can originate home loans in all 50 states. These VA Loan Specialists are available in order to help eligible Veterans obtain VA Home Loan financing for the purchase or re-financing of their home. (This is not part of the VA, but it is a great service.)
Department of Veterans Affairs: Homelessness: There are many reasons Veterans can become homeless, including poverty, lack of support from family or friends, substance use, or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen as a result of trauma they experience while serving. VA is committed to meeting the needs of every Veteran. Comprehensive, individualized care including health care, housing assistance, job training, and education can help Veterans secure safe, stable housing and achieve self-sufficiency.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Loan Guaranty Home Loan Program: Everything you wanted to know about the VA’s home loan program is here.
Home Depot Foundation: Offering to conduct work projects on military members’ personal homes. They will provide the materials, labor and contractors. Projects will include repairs and installations. Members with priority include: wounded warriors returning from combat and disabled veterans, members returning from deployment, members with special needs (either themselves or family members).
MilitaryVALoan.com: is a financial resource portal for active duty military personnel and non-active duty military veterans. We specialize in providing information for veterans who are in need of the following types of loan services: No Down-payment Mortgage Loans, Mortgage Refinance Loans, Home Equity Loans, Personal Non-Mortgage Backed Loan and Auto Loans. (This is not part of the VA, but it is a great service.)
US Soldier Foundation: The mission of the USSF is to provide additional services to our soldiers, veterans and their families which are not currently being provided. Support will include assistance for the housing needs of returning veterans. This aid will be in the form of low cost mortgages. In addition, insurance, medical, dental, psychological, spiritual, and financial assistance, job placement and education/training. The United States Soldiers Foundation will also employ many veterans in projects around the country.
United Veterans Beacon House: To provide temporary and permanent residence for U.S. Military Veterans. To provide emergency, temporary and permanent residence for men, women and women with children.
US Veterans Initiative: USVETS is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk veterans, providing vital services such as case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug- and alcohol-free housing.
VA Home Loan: VA offers a variety of home loan guaranty programs for Active Duty Service members, Veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members. Purchase Loans help you purchase a home at a competitive interest rate often without requiring a down-payment or private mortgage insurance. Cash Out Refinance loans allow you to take cash out of your home equity to take care of concerns like paying off debt, funding school, or making home improvements.
Victory Village Amador – Amador County Veterans Organization: Our duty is to serve those who have served our great nation. To facilitate Veterans Services for our service members, veterans, and families. To streamline access to Veterans housing, employment, healthcare and training. In support of our Military and Families, we are bridging the gap from military service to civilian life.
CareerOneStop – Veterans ReEmployed: Helps match your military skills to a civilian career with information about unemployment benefits, jobs, and transition assistance.
Department of Veteran Affairs: VetSuccess & Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services: VetSuccess.gov is a comprehensive one-stop site for Veteran and Service-member employment needs. Veterans can browse job listings, post resumes, and apply for positions directly on the site. Employers can post jobs, view Veteran resumes, and receive job applications
The VR&E is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
eBenefits Career Center: To equip service members in transition and veterans with opportunities to translate their military skills into careers in the public and private sectors.
Elevate America for Veterans: Elevate America, created by Microsoft, incorporates a number of online and in-person training programs to help veterans and their spouses successfully transition from the military to civilian employment.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veteran Families: The EBV-F program integrates training in small business management, with caregiver and family issues, positioning the family member to launch and grow a small business in a way that is complementary or enhancing to other family responsibilities.
The EBV offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.
F7 Group: An organization dedicated to securing and providing resources, training, support and mentoring to Female Veterans and Women in Military Service, both IN and BESIDE the uniform. F7 recognizes and believes in the courage, value and abilities of the women who serve our country in many different capacities. Some serve in uniform, and some are the support system for our military personnel.
Feds Hire Vets: In partnership with the Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other Federal agencies, our vision is that this website will be the preeminent source for Federal employment information for our Veterans, transitioning service members, their families, Federal HR professionals and hiring managers.
GI Jobs: G.I. Jobs magazine is the premier publication for military transitions. It provides education, transition assistance, and job opportunities for military transitioners looking for careers and employment.
Hero 2 Hired: We know that searching for a new job is a big undertaking. That’s why Hero2Hired (H2H) was created: to make it easy for Reserve Component service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies. H2H also offers career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources, as well as a mobile app. Support for H2H is provided through the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.
Honor Courage Commitment: HCC’s programs focus on entrepreneurship, education, social responsibility, community services, health and fitness, and job placement. HCC provides veterans with expert training and proper guidance as they work towards their goals.
Allied Barton-Hire Our Heroes: This company-wide military hiring program, Hire Our Heroes SM, … and the security services industry is an ideal career for transitioning military.
My Next Move: This interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.
National Resource Directory: The NRD hosts the Veterans Job Bank, a central resource for Veterans that provides quick and easy access to thousands of public and private sector job openings.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Profiles hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
TAOnline: The largest source of military transition assistance information and jobs for today’s veterans
Troops to Teachers: Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
USA JOBS: The U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.
VA for Vets: VA for Vets facilitates the reintegration, retention and hiring of Veteran employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We offer career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. VA for Vets is your gateway to a rewarding career serving our nation’s Veterans.
Veterans eMentor Program: This program leverages the internet to create a dynamic information sharing, learning and support community that extends far beyond the veteran’s current network. Protégés can receive personalized career guidance, advice, support and inspiration from more experienced veterans, career mentors and veteran-friendly employers.
Veteran Employment Center (Military.com): In 2004, Military.com joined forces with Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) to accelerate our growth and change the playing field for career and educational opportunities for service members, veterans and military spouses. Monster’s vision is bringing people together to advance their lives, which is a great fit with Military.com’s “members first” ethos and goal of connecting the military community to all the benefits of service.
Veteran Employment Toolkit: Our aim is to help employers, managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, and employee assistance program (EAP) providers relate to and support their employees who are Veterans and members of the Reserve and National Guard.
Veterans Fast Launch Initiative (SCORE): Providing veterans and active-duty military members — plus spouses and members of their immediately family — with FREE or significantly discounted resources for starting businesses, such as computer software and business services, training in how to start and how to grow a successful/profitable business, and SCORE’s mentoring program where Fast Launch participants will be assigned a knowledgeable and highly experienced mentor to guide them every step of the way.
Veteran Staffing Network: As a non-profit organization focusing on the individual needs of employers and veterans. Veteran Staffing provides the best personal match for each position and the support our nation’s veterans need to successfully transition back to the civilian world.
VetJobs: VetJobs is available to assist ALL members of “The United States Military Family”. This includes Officer and Enlisted, Active Duty, Transitioning Military, Reservists, Veterans, Retirees, of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine, National Guard, Navy, NOAA and Public Health Service along with Trailing Spouses, Eligible Former Spouses, Widows, Widowers and Dependents and DOD civilians.
VetLaunched: VetLaunched is helping veterans and transitioning military start and grow their businesses using the best tools and resources on any budget.
Department of Veterans Affairs: Caregiver Support: VA knows your focus as a Family Caregiver is taking care of the Veteran you love. It can be an incredibly demanding job, and we want you to know you don’t have to do it alone. Learn more about the support and services VA offers Family Caregivers by reading the descriptions and following the links on this page.
Department of Veterans Affairs: GI Bill: You are hard-working, but hard work alone is not always enough to succeed in today’s job market. To go with that hard work, you need a plan. Together, we can help by providing you with one-on-one vocational and personal counseling. Together we can determine what educational and career opportunities are best suited for you. Combining your hard work with an in-depth skill profile and up-to-date career path information will launch you towards success you want and deserve in your career.
Department of Veterans Affairs: Health Benefits: If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.
Department of Veterans Affairs: Pension Benefits: VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans. Generally, a Veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period to qualify for a VA Pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions), with at least one day during a wartime period.
Department of Veterans Affairs: Vet Centers: Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. Vet Center eligibility was extended to the family members of veterans. Vet Centers have been authorized to furnish bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.
Veterans Crisis Line: Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You may also stop at any branch of the Fox Communities Credit Union or Community First Credit Union and make a cash donation to Veterans’ Mentor Group, Inc. All donations are tax-deductible.