Here’s a story to make you smile. It began with a request from an employee with Veterans at the Haven, an assistance program of the VA in West Los Angeles. This is what she wrote: “Kevin came to us. He was homeless, unemployed, and needed to stabilize and prepare to return to work. We were able to put him through a residential program, and when he was ready, he enrolled in our Back to Work program. Through Vets First at a local Worksource, he was able to attend a six-week class in wind turbine technology and received multiple certifications. He is now ready to return to work.
“After interviewing with some companies, he was hired by Patterson UTI Drilling in Midland, Texas. They will pay for his housing when he arrives, but he is lacking any funds to get him there. Unfortunately, we do not have the funding to cover his transportation either. They want him to begin working on May 6. Is there any way you can help? I would love to see him working at something that will actually be a career, and it will help him to prevent another homeless episode.”
ACV was only too happy to provide Kevin with an airline ticket through our good partner, American Airlines. We appreciate the devoted efforts of those who work for Veterans at the Haven and the Back to Work program. I marvel to see the many human hands that came together to help one man find a new beginning. I know Whose hand was behind it all.