Veterans Employment Program
Provides job placement services to injured and wounded military veterans referred from the Bill Young VA Healthcare Center in Bay Pines and the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.
Abilities Guild Veterans Mall
The Veterans Mall is a huge storeroom of
coffeemakers, toasters, pots ‘n pans, kitchen utensils, dinnerware,
linens, blankets, bicycles, job-interview clothes, and more given for free to
wounded veterans transitioning from homelessness to apartment life. It is the
brainchild of Virginia Meyer, an 88 year-old member of the Abilities Guild who wanted to ensure
that disabled veterans have a safe and healthy place to call home. Veterans are referred and accompanied to
the Mall by peer-support counselors from the Bill Young and James Haley VA Hospitals. To date the Mall has served more than 1,675 formerly homeless veterans, greatly increasing the likelihood they will stay on
medications and therapies; maintain physical and mental health; avert
suicide; obtain and maintain employment; reduce dependence on
government; contribute to communities as productive wage-earners
and taxpayers; and best of all, avoid a return to homelessness.
Warrior Bridge is a rapidly emerging national initiative to help disabled servicemen and servicewomen successfully reintegrate into civilian life.
Case Management Home and Community Services: The Keys to Independence
ServiceSource provides case management and other key services needed for individuals with disabilities to return and remain as independent as possible and participate in their homes and communities.
Through ServiceSource's government and commercial contracts, individuals with disabilities provide quality services to our customers in supportive, community-based work environments.
Youth Transition Services
Transitions is a program funded by the Department of Education and Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation to assist with self-sufficiency and placement of
youth with disabilities ages 14-22 in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco
Counties. The High School/High Tech program is a community-based partnership
that provides high school students with all types of disabilities, ages 14-22,
the opportunity to explore jobs and post-secondary education leading to
technology-related careers. For information, contact Miranda Ray at 727-600-8920.
ServiceSource has received a three-year accreditation—the highest attainable—from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
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