Volunteers of America Releases Report on Employment and Services for Veterans
Report Finds High Employment Placement Rates but Low Employment Retention
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With President Obama announcing plans for a new Veterans Job Corps, Volunteers of America has released a new report, drafted in partnership with Wilder Research, which analyzes the success of programs helping homeless veterans rebuild their lives and find work. More than 40 programs nationwide submitted information about their client demographics, services or successes.
The results of Wilder’s data analysis are summarized in the report: http://voa.org/homelessveteranreport.
Among the key findings – while homeless veterans in job programs have been successful in finding placements, job retention remains a challenge. This demonstrates the need for veterans programs that address a variety of issues (education, mental health, addiction, family connections) in addition to employment.
“The breadth of services needed to assist these veterans is significant and typically ongoing for decades, if not their lifetimes,” said Volunteers of America President Mike King. “Our philosophy of support is based on a long-term, holistic approach that targets a variety of needs including education, mental health, addiction treatment and connections with family and friends. We have high rates of success getting veterans placed into good jobs; now we have to make sure we can keep them there.”
Survey results showcase the very high success rates Volunteers of America affiliates have with assisting veterans, as compared to similar programs:
- More than 90% of affiliates met or exceeded goals for increasing veteran skills or income.
- 99% of veterans who sought job training received it.
- Veterans in Volunteers of America programs were hired at higher rates than the national average (63% vs. 45% nationally), and earned wages higher than the national average.
- However, job retention remains a challenge: 64% of Volunteers of America program participants employed while in the program still had a job after 180 days.
The evaluated programs are funded by two federal programs: the Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem program, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program; and the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, part of the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.
Volunteers of America helps thousands veterans with housing, counseling, job training and medical assistance in 33 cities in 19 states. The organization is a leading partner with the Veterans’ Administration to help America’s armed services members build successful civilian lives.
About Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.
SOURCE Volunteers of America