VNB’S First Successful Transformed Veteran—PFC Mr. Ellar Gamble
There is a success story I want to share with you. This is Ellar Gamble. He came to Veterans New Beginnings because he was in a shelter “A Safe Haven Foundation”. He heard of us because we were out campaigning trying to find homeless veterans for our new building that we were in the process of building. Mr. Gamble went through the intake process, and he eventually was selected to reside in Veterans New Beginnings once it was open.
Since Mr. Gamble moved in, he set himself a goal to get a job and then get himself a two bedroom apartment. Mr. Gamble started working with his Feather Fist Case Manager that was assigned to him at Veterans New Beginnings. Once he and his case manager determined what Mr. Gamble wanted to do, he was referred to see Ms. Walker who is the Employment Coordinator for Veterans New Beginnings. Mr. Gamble and Ms. Walker started working together. Ms. Walker showed him how to prepare a resume and started looking for a job for Mr. Gamble. Once Ms. Walker found something for him, she shared that information with Mr. Gamble.
The job she found for him was with the Joan and Ray Kroc Center. Mr. Gamble was excited about the job. His Feather Fist Case Manager gave him a CTA Bus card so he can have transportation to his interview. Before his interview, Ms. Walker met with him and she held a practice interview with him to be sure he knew how to interview. Well, Mr. Gamble got the job!!
Mr. Gamble started working at the Kroc Center as a maintenance worker on June 4, 2015 and is currently still there. Mr. Gamble’s next mission was to obtain himself a larger apartment in hopes to re-connect with his estranged wife and child. He wanted his family back. He then worked with Mrs. Chance the Service Coordinator with her “Family Re-Integration Program”. As of February 3, 2016, Mr. Gamble has turned in his keys to Veterans New Beginnings because he now has a 2 bedroom apartment with subsidy. Mission accomplished Mr. Gamble!
Veterans New Beginnings is proud that we had a hand in helping Ellar, because that is our mission. “Learning to better serve *Those who have served”.
Airman David Brown Says………
Hello to all my friends at VNB (Veterans New Beginnings).
VNB took very good care of my needs when I needed it the most. I arrived from Safe Haven back in 2015. I was selected to become resident at Veterans New Beginning because I was a homeless veteran. I worked with my Case Manager (Ms. Clay), and My Service Coordinator (Mrs. Chance), until I was able to be transitioned into a senior Independent life style apartment this year, which is perfect for my needs and welfare. I want to thank everyone at both buildings (Veterans New Beginnings and New Pisgah Haven Homes), they are great people. I was asked the question “What is the one thing that has made my life better?” Being here and making new friends all the time was great. My YouTube food channel is another great hobby. But more than that, my son reached out to me for recipes and help etc., so I started a new journey. Hopefully, it will be of help for him. It has been a lot of fun as well for me, so check that out at Dave’s Skillet Click Here –> “Dave’s Skillet” . I am always adding new recipes and ways to make meals faster.
Your Grateful Veteran
PFC Julio Berrio Says……….
Feb 13, 2018 was the best day of my life. I moved into my own apartment. I was homeless for a while, and when I came to Veterans New Beginnings the staff there helped me obtain a job. Ms. Walker-Employment Coordinator, life skills with the Service Coordinator,Mrs. Chance, and guidance along the way with the help of Ms. Farr.
Veterans New beginnings helped me transition from homelessness to having my own 1 bedroom apartment. I want to thank everybody from Veterans New Beginnings for allowing me to stay for nearly 3 years and allowing me the tools I needed to move forward. I am eternally grateful, and appreciate your kindness.
Freeman Banks Salutes Veterans New Beginnings
My name is Freeman Banks. As a formerly homeless veteran, I was selected to go to Veterans New Beginnings. From the moment I walked in the door, I was treated with respect. The staff at VNB helped with housing, food, clothing, job searches, and anything else a veteran might need. But the most important thing the entire staff provides is a great environment and a smile every day. It’s a stress free environment that allows us to build confidence. The staff at VNB actually sat down with me and helped page by page as I applied for a home loan, and I’m currently due to close on my own home on August 27, 2018. Ms. Farr, Mrs. Chance, Ms. Walker, and Ms. Harris, thank you for all your help, I could have not done this without the support I have received from you guys. I love you all. If you ever need my assistance in helping other veterans, I’m just a phone call away.
Again, thank you all.