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Vocational rehabilitation, independent living resources available for veterans

This week’s episode of NPO Showcase features the Veteran Peer Supports program at Disability Advocates of Kent County.

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.

Christine Morse of Disability Advocates of Kent County

Christine Morse of Disability Advocates of Kent County /GRTV

In celebration of Veteran’s Day on November 11, this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase features the Veteran Peer Supports program at Disability Advocates of Kent County. DAKC’s Christine Morse discusses the program, eligibility requirements, and how veterans can apply for the program. You’ll also meet Catherine, a veteran who received services from DAKC and encourages other veterans to do the same.

The Veteran Peer Supports program provides job training and helps reduce barriers to employment for veterans who have a service-related disability. Veterans must apply for the program through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and then they’re matched with a peer to begin vocational rehabilitation. If it’s decided that employment goals are not currently feasible, an evaluation will occur to identify the veteran’s needs and services to address those needs. The goal is to help the veteran re-engage in their community and achieve employment.

DAKC works to create an accessible and welcoming community for all and to support individuals with disabilities in living full and exciting lives. Their programs encompass all aspects of life, including housing, transportation, employment, and education for the community.

Watch the NPO Showcase segment above to learn more about the Veteran Peer Supports program. You can also find more information, eligibility requirements, and a link to apply for the program on DAKC’s website.

Check back next Wednesday for a new segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, featuring Schools of Hope, a program of Heart of West Michigan United Way.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Julie Way, at 616-459-4788 x115 or email [email protected].

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