Federal grant to help homeless Michigan veterans

file0002076316124Veterans in the Bay Region could get a little extra help with jobs thanks to a federal grant.

A $199,996 grant will be used to help homeless veterans find and keep jobs.

Volunteers of America – Michigan received the grant. They will be working with veterans in Bay, Genesee, Saginaw and Shiawassee counties.

Darin Estep is the organization’s Director of Community Engagement.

“Our goal is meaningful work, not simply just a paycheck, but meaningful work. It’s an essential part of leading a fulfilled life, knowing that you’re making a difference and contributing to the society as a whole, rather than being a burden.”

The grant is part of the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

Estep said the program will help homeless veterans in the Flint area find work and get into more sustainable housing.

“These veterans are people who put their lives on hold for us to serve their country and it’s a responsibility that we have to make sure that they can return to their civilian life and not suffer for the sacrifice that they’ve already put in.”

Volunteers for America – Michigan already works to place homeless veterans in jobs in Detroit, Lansing and west Michigan. This grant allows them to extend the program.