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SUPPORTING UNEMPLOYED AND HOMELESS VETERANS
Many of our national heroes find themselves unemployed, homeless and struggling to regain their dignity. This segment of our population needs our support. There are several reasons for unemployment that hinder job placement.
The Rand Corporation conducted a study of Massachusetts vets, and this is what they found: “For veterans and NG/R members who are currently unemployed and looking for work, the most commonly cited barriers in their job search were not having the right experience, skills, or education and being constrained by health limitations, child care responsibilities, or transportation. Many also reported that the available jobs did not pay enough or provide opportunities to do meaningful work.”
The unemployment rate of veterans in Massachusetts is 3.3% of the local workforce. There are 853 veterans included in the Chefs Table Foundation (CTF) focus and mission, and we invite these veterans to apply for the scholarship program for culinary arts that we offer. CTF has partnered with the culinary school at New England Center for Arts & Technology (NECAT) to achieve this goal. Upon completion of the curriculum, on-the-job training is the next step leading to job placement. We believe that this is a tremendous opportunity for veterans, and yet it remains a daunting challenge to find potential candidates
Chronic illnesses also affect the homeless population. These issues include PTSD and drug and/or alcohol abuse. The VA and other NGOs are supporting this population. Massachusetts is a national leader supporting veterans’ issues. The road to recovery, CTF believes, is a multidiscipline strategy that includes medical and psychological treatment. When a candidate reaches a point in recovery where he/she demonstrates a commitment to be responsible and a desire to move forward in life, a culinary scholarship will be offered. For more information, please contact Chefs Table Foundation
phone is 617-645-9043 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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