May is Military Appreciation Month and Goodwill Manasota is determined to observe the occasion throughout the month – as well as all year long. On Friday, May 25, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Goodwill Manasota will present a Veterans Open House for veterans and their families at the Goodwill Veterans Services Center (8490 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota). Guests will enjoy a light lunch and hear from numerous community partners who serve veterans and their families.
The Veterans Open House will also offer a “first look” at the newly-renovated Veterans Services Center. The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation provided a generous grant of $50,000 to help spruce up the facility – including updates to the roof, plumbing and more – to enable Goodwill Manasota to expand its service offerings to the community.
Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program, which is staffed by veterans, provides full case management and vocational services that address barriers to employment, disabilities, mental health issues, housing, education and training. The program, which was created in 2013, also helps veterans navigate the wide array of available programs and to secure the benefits to which they are entitled. The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which is funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, helps to reintegrate homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that address the complex problems facing homeless veterans and their families. Goodwill also works with the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans who are seeking educational assistance.
“Since the program first began, we have served more than 1,000 area veterans and their families. Our Veterans Services Program exists because of a need in our community that we are determined to meet,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Thanks to creative partnerships, Goodwill has created a seamless case management system that supports each veteran’s unique strengths and needs regarding housing, family, education and other challenges while helping to develop more self-sufficient and productive members of society.”
The Veterans Open House is free and no RSVP is necessary – all area veterans and their families are invited to attend. For more about Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.
PHOTO ID: The Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program team is (from l-r) Chris Landis, Todd Hughes, Janet McBride, Eric Davis and Bryan Jacobs