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by Kara Eppel, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern

When I walk outside of my home, work, or school, there is one common thing I see: the American flag. While our veterans have fought hard for this flag, when they end their service some experience issues re-entering the workforce, finding housing, and accessing physical and mental healthcare.

The Baltimore County Homefront Work Group gathers resources to assure that these men and women receive the assistance they deserve.

Baltimore County Homefront provides case management for healthcare and housing services as well as career counseling to veterans. The work group includes representatives from Baltimore County and federal agencies, veterans organizations, community based organizations and government agencies from surrounding counties. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss housing, healthcare, advocacy, employment and benefits for veterans. Veterans are invited to attend these meetings and add vital input on policy, strategies and services.

Larry Simmons, Special Assistant to the County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Co-Chair of the Baltimore County Homefront Work Group says “this is one of the most rewarding responsibilities I have with county government. The Homefront Work Group has so much to offer our veterans.”

Baltimore County Homefront has sponsored veterans housing and health fairs, Flag Day celebrations, and annual veterans employment fairs at the Baby Boomer-Senior Expo. The group also holds food and clothing drives for veterans as well as provides people living in homeless veteran camps with meals, clothes, and medical assistance.

Sergeant First Class Greg Wood says that “organizations like this are a godsend. It’s amazing how many military providers there are for veterans, and how expedient and eager they are to help.”

Homefront Services for veterans and their families

What can the Homefront Work Group do for a veteran or the family of a veteran? Do you need affordable housing, subsidized healthcare, or financial assistance? Have you dreamed of going to college but never had the ability to afford the tuition? Do you need help finding employment or are you looking for legal help?

Contact the Baltimore County Homefront Work Group through Maryland’s Veteran Hotline at 1-877-770-4801.

Veterans have served us well. Now it is our turn to serve them.


by Todd Dolbin, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Malik was a resident at the Westside Men’s shelter in Catonsville. After long unemployment, he was ready to find a good job, move out of the shelter and move on with his life. His goal: start fresh and pursue a commercial driver’s license.

So where did Malik start? How could Baltimore County help? The first step was a visit to Baltimore County’s Hunt Valley American Job Center, one of three centers serving the County.

With Malik’s career goal in mind, counselors connected him to a commercial driver’s license information session. As with any job, there were deadlines, documentation and applications for the All-State Career program. Malik also needed a current Maryland driver’s license. The pieces were not in place and the deadline for the session passed. But Malik didn’t give up and neither did Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development.  

County career counselors stayed in contact with Malik and encouraged him to compile the required eligibility documents and resolve his driver’s license issue. With the County’s training and career connections, support and coaching, Malik did the work and was accepted into the CDL program, where he completed the written and driving training and received resume and interviewing assistance.

Today, Malik holds a CDL diploma from All-State Career, has passed the Maryland CDL certification exam, and now holds a Maryland Class B license with a passenger endorsement. He is currently pursuing several job leads and looks forward to starting work soon. 

Help with the job of finding a job                                         

So, how about you?  Interested in a career move or jumping back into the workforce?  Has it been a few too many years since you’ve written your resume and interviewed for a job? Not sure where to begin?   

Baltimore County provides guided employment and support resources to help you achieve your own employment goals. Eligible job seekers meet with professional consultants to explore career paths, get referrals to training programs, job fairs and comprehensive online job boards. Join workshops to enhance job seeking skills and work readiness. Take your job search to a convenient American Job Center where you can use computers and printers with on-line access, individual work spaces with telephones, and a variety of job search resource materials to speed your success.

Free workshops for job seekers

Every month, Baltimore County’s American Job Centers in Hunt Valley, Liberty Center and Eastpoint offer free boot camp-style workshops for eligible job seekers.

  • Job Readiness Strategies
  • Basic Computer Strategies
  • Résumé and Cover Letter Strategies
  • Interviewing Strategies
  • Social Media Strategies 

Training scholarships in high demand fields

Get training in the fields where Baltimore County companies are hiring. Occupational training scholarships in these high demand fields are available for eligible job seekers. A Baltimore County career counselor can help you decide if one of these skills enhancement training programs is right for you:  

  • Healthcare
  • Transportation, distribution and logistics
  • Information technology
  • Corporate operations center
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Business, financial and educational services

Baltimore County stands ready to help you with the job of finding a job. Let’s get to work!


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017