VA Maryland Health Care System
Local Business Provides Job Opportunities for Homeless Veterans
|Pictured is Victor Rivera, a resident of the Perry Point VA Medical Center Domiciliary Care Program, who is now employed with Areas USA as the supervisor of Wendy’s, one of the newly added restaurants at the Chesapeake House travel plaza on I-95.|
(Perry Point, Md) -“It is so rejuvenating to know that there is a local business who appreciates the fact that I served in the military and is willing to provide me and my fellow Veterans with a second chance at employment,” said Victor Rivera, a homeless Veteran in the Domiciliary Care Program at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Rivera is among nine Veterans from the VA Domiciliary Care Program who recently attended a job fair held at the Cecil County Workforce Center in Elkton, Md., and were each hired to work in various hospitality positions with Areas USA. Areas USA is the company selected by the Maryland Transportation Authority to run the day-to-day operations of the Chesapeake House travel plaza located on I-95 in Cecil County.
“This recent hiring activity is wonderful news for the Perry Point VA Domiciliary Care Program, where a multidisciplinary team, consisting of a VA physician, nurses, social worker, vocational and occupational therapists, aim to rehabilitate and successfully reintegrate homeless Veterans into the community through treatment, counseling, job assistance and home placement,” said Janis Dellman, a social worker assigned to the Domiciliary who transported the Veterans to the local job fair.
A close association between the Perry Point VA Medical Center, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR), and Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., allows staff to exchange information about local hiring opportunities. “I am elated that each Veteran from the Perry Point VA Medical Center’s Domiciliary Care Program who attended the job fair was hired by Areas USA,” said Jack Charles, local Veterans employment representative with the Maryland DLLR.
According to Carlos DeJesus, director of operations for Areas USA, “We live in freedom, thanks to the men and women who defend our country. The least we can do is help them get integrated into the workforce of the nation they defended and we are proud and honored to employ them.”