An Easterseals program launched in San Diego County to provide services to military veterans received a three-year, $750,000 grant Tuesday from the foundation of the late entertainer Bob Hope.
Easterseals Southern California will use the funding to further support the development and expansion of the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program, which has grown into Orange County.
“Since its founding in 2014, the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program has grown quickly to become an effective and celebrated provider of employment transition services for local veterans,” said Miranda Hope, vice president of the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation. “This program is a great tribute to the legacy of my grandfather, Bob Hope, who cared deeply about veterans and their families for six decades.”
The program was initially funded with a $1.1 million grant from the foundation. The additional funds will allow the program to increase coverage in the two counties and extend services throughout Southern California.
“To date more than 700 veterans have gone through the program,” Miranda Hope said.
“We are thrilled to support an organization that empowers veterans with access to the tools, support and resources they need to gain meaningful employment and thrive,” she said. “I know my grandfather would be proud to have his name and foundation’s funds tied to such an effective and meaningful program.”
The program will receive $250,000 per year for the next three years, according to Easterseals.
The money will be used to hire more employment specialists who can give veterans one-on-one coaching. They can also point veterans toward other resources like ongoing education, Veterans Affairs benefits, physical and mental health support, and housing and financial assistance to smooth the transition to civilian life.
Veterans or potential employers interested in learning more about the Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program can call (760) 737-3990, or visit www.easterseals.com/southerncal/our-programs/military-veterans-services.
—City News Service
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