Chad Chappelle enrolled in our Portland HVRP at the end of June 2017. While he was employed part-time in Nutritional Services with the school system, the end of the school year meant his job was ending, too. Chad hoped to find an opportunity in social services, in order to put his extensive volunteer experience to good use. He decided to go back to school to finish his bachelor's degree at PSU and thought that being a student would make him ineligible to participate in the program. But this was not the case. Our HVRP team continued to serve and help him accomplish his stated goals of finding work in social services.
Using our network, a former HVRP Coordinator shared with us a position with Transition Projects as a Veterans Peer Health Navigator. Chad applied and was offered the job within a week. We regularly use our connections to identify new job openings and connect participants and employers. The result: participants find success in meaningful employment and employers find the skilled workers they need to support their organizations.
Fast forward to a month later, at the Portland Stand Down on September 11, 2017: Chad was in action helping veterans navigating the services and different stations at the event that day.