ER Spends Week with Veterans at Working Wardrobes / VetNet
October 22, 2014
Your Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444 just spent a week with Veterans who are attending a transitional program called Power Up sponsored by Working Wardrobes/VetNet in Costa Mesa CA. The Elks are sponsoring lunch for the group each day this week as a small way to thank these Veterans for their service. Each of these Veterans is out of work and this program through VetNet is free to the Veterans and is designed to help Veterans transition from Military to Civilian life. The program includes speakers each day whom are also mostly Veterans who had many of the same issues migrating to civilian jobs. The program enhances job interview skills, has resume workshops, and also is a starting point to other training offered by VetNet. The Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge Charity Committee is funded by our weekly Open to the Public Bingo Game. Thanks for the support of our local community through bingo play, we are able to offer services to those in need.
Exalted Ruler Derek Randles attended the graduation ceremony where more than 100 men whom graduated through the 6 weeks of the Working Wardrobes career training program. VetNet Veteran graduates Lee and Anthony were taking part in the graduation day ceremony which included services provided by hair stylists, several masseuse therapists, and a shopping spree of dress to impress clothing. Each graduate was given a suit bag full of items needed to impress for their upcoming interviews.
The Mission Viejo Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge recently partnered with VetNet at the Orange County Stand Down which helps homeless Veterans obtain the services they deserve. The Elks Lodge received a $2000.00 Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation which they used to build more than 200 backpacks with toiletries and other health related items.