A homeless veteran, Mr. Joe Kimes reached out to his community
for help, at his most venerable state. Through his plea for help, Joe
was connected with Community Action Agency to receive
assistance from the Veterans and Families (SSVF) program. With
strong community support behind him, Joe connected with
Michigan Works! Southeast for assistance with obtaining
After working closely with Michigan Works! Southeast, Joe was
introduced to Mick Albig, the resident Veterans Career Advisor with
the Talent Investment Agency. Joe completed a comprehensive
assessment of his situation, goals, and needs and agreed on a plan
to reach his goals. “During this process, we outlined goal oriented
action plans geared towards helping Mr. Kimes overcome his
challenges” said Mr. Albig. During this process, Joe prepared his
resume and developed a job search plan.
Even though he relied on a bicycle or rides from others for his
transportation needs, Joe continued to improve his job search skills
by working with his career advisor. Eventually, Joe was hired in
March through U.S. Staffing to work at Martinrea in Jonesville as a
painter with a starting wage over $10.50 per hour.
Through collaboration, networking and partnership, the community
of Hillsdale, MI was able to give back to a local hero. The workforce
development system speeds veterans’ transition to a productive
civilian life, translating their skills to an immediate payoff.