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Community Spotlight: Goodwill Manasota Names Christopher Davis To Spearhead New Veterans Program
$25,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase helps kick-start the American Veterans and Their Families Initiative
BRADENTON – Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc., recently named Christopher Davis to spearhead the organization's new American Veterans and Their Families Initiative.
According to Bob Rosinsky, president of Goodwill Manasota, the program is enjoying a strong launch, thanks to a recent $25,000 grant from JP Morgan Chase, as well as support from other area businesses and foundations.
“The local community has been extremely supportive of this program," says Rosinsky. "With their help, we can create a seamless case management system that will support each veteran’s unique strengths and needs regarding housing, family, education and other challenges.”
Christopher Davis served as a senior intelligence analyst in the Army for 14 years. "Christopher's experience will be essential in helping veterans navigate the confusing array of programs available to them as they return to the civilian sector," says Rosinsky.
The American Veterans and Their Families Initiative was designed to expand Goodwill Manasota’s services to respond to the multitude of challenges faced by veterans, their families, and the families of those who serve on active duty.
“We're developing alliances with community partners to maximize resources and avoid duplication of services in order to help transition our veterans into employment aligned with their vocational goals," said Rosinsky. "The American Veterans and Their Families Initiative helps eliminate barriers to employment and will provide opportunities for higher paying positions for veterans and their families."
Davis says that he looks forward to getting started. "This is something I'm personally passionate about," he says.
Interested veterans are invited to visit Goodwill Manasota’s Job Connection centers for free assistance. For more information about the American Veterans and Their Families Initiative and to find locations of Job Connection centers, visit EXPERIENCEGOODWILL.ORG or call 941-355-2721 or 888-230-8820.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Industries Manasota, Inc., is an industry-leading, not-for-profit business that turns donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. We accomplish our mission through a network of GoodNeighbor Centers in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and DeSoto counties and our Mission Development Services (MDS) around North America.
For more than 100 years, Goodwill has provided opportunities through such programs as Donated Goods Employment Services, Job Connection, JobsPlus, Supported JobsPlus, GoodHomes, the HomeBuyer’s Club, Mission Development Services, White Glove Services, GoodNeighbor Program and Ambassadors Program. Goodwill continues to assist people with disabilities and barriers to opportunity by providing good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. Individual tax-deductible donations to Goodwill Foundation can be made at www.ExperienceGoodwill.org.