Harbor Homes receives grant for veteran employment program

NASHUA – Thanks to a generous $32,500 grant from the Bank of America Foundation, Harbor Homes will be able to expand its veteran employment services to help non-homeless veterans who are low-income, and therefore at risk of becoming homeless.

The agency believes in a person-centered, individualized, comprehensive approach to service delivery that includes outreach, assessment, referral, supportive services, case management, job training, job development and placement services, and retention services.

The grant will fund a brand new Veteran Reintegration Program designed by Harbor Homes, which will consist of a two-pronged approach: first, assessing the individual’s needs and developing a plan for any necessary supportive services and housing, and then developing a strategy for attaining and retaining meaningful employment, including training and economic development through job creation.

Through the VRP, Harbor Homes will provide job-driven employment and training services for veterans to enter into jobs that are in demand, have career growth potential and pay living wages. This approach is grounded in collaboration and community partnerships, and effectively addresses barriers to employment while contributing to the revitalization of our community.

The VRP is the newest addition to Harbor Homes’ Veterans First programs, which provide housing and services designed to reintegrate veterans into the community, spur community revitalization and eliminate veteran homelessness. Veterans First prevents foreclosures and evictions, providing local employers with access to a trained workforce, helping to ensure veterans are paid a living wage in jobs that recognize and value their military service training and experience, and preventing homelessness, all through a "veteran helping veteran" model of service delivery, saving the community hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in the process.

"We are so incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to develop this new program that will accommodate low-income veterans in our community," said Peter Kelleher, president and CEO of Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living.

"Thanks to the Bank of America Foundation, these veterans will be able to find sustainable employment, which in turn will afford them housing stability. We deeply value our community members who make it possible for us to provide services for our vulnerable veterans."

For more information about the VRP program, contact Andrea Reed at a.reed@nhpartnership.org or 882-3616, ext. 1111.

Harbor Homes serves low-income, vulnerable community members, with a focus on Greater Nashua, including Nashua, Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Mason, Manchester and Wilton.