Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc.

VCI
727 Goucher St., Wing A
Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 255-0355
Fax: (814) 255-0356
Email: vciinfo@atlanticbbn.net

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Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. (VCI) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1993 to assist ALL veterans, their immediate family members, and displaced workers in their job searching efforts.

Our services have been developed with the unemployed and underemployed veteran in mind. We are not a placement agency, but do provide customized services including:

  • Vocational Counseling
  • Resume Preparation
  • Workshops
  • Job fairs
  • Library
  • Outreach
  • Assisted Job Placement/Networking
  • Informal Referrals
  • Client Thumbnail Sketches
  • Job Placement Follow-up
  • PTSD Readjustment Group Counseling
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

In addition VCI is the lead organization for the Laurel Highlands based Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans Rehabilitation/Vocational Retraining Project (PDVR/VRP). PDVR/VRP provides outreach, education, and awareness of comprehensive physiological, psychological, vocational, employment services for returning War on Terrorism (OIF/OEF) veterans.

Our part-time professional staff has extensive human resources, employment, career counseling, and human service backgrounds and we are active in many professional and community agencies.

Tom Caulfield, (vci@surfshop.net)VCI President/Director has over 25 years extensive human resources, employment, career counseling, and operations experience with such major corporations as Pennsylvania Electric Company, Niagara Mohawk Corporation and Pepperidge Farm Company. Tom has been active in the Cambria County Private Industry Council, Southern Alleghenies Steering Committee, Cambria-Somerset Human Resources Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and CAMCO Special Olympics. Tom's educational background includes a B.S. from Albany State University (NY) in Business Administration and M.B.A. from Pace University.

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Thomas M. Caulfield, President & CEO

Thomas Haberkorn, Vice President -Secretary

Craig Rolish, Vice President-Treasurer

CURRENT ADVISORY BOARD

John Brown John Hugya George Molnar
Ed Cernic, Sr. Chris Koop Sandy Schrum
William Cover John Kovac Patricia B. Serotkin
Patricia Crew Martin Kuhar Tim Susengill
Michael A. Dunn, MD FACP Wayne Langerholc Jr., Esquire Rev. Bill Thwing
KKaren Esaias Sandi McQuaide Ed Wojnaroski
Bob Eyer Mary Miller  

ADVISORY BOARD – EMERITUS

Jack Cavanaugh Judge John Driscoll Barney Pultz
Tom Coyne Vikki King Anna D. Weitz, D. ED.

WHAT DO I NEED TO QUALIFY?

VCI provides services to all veterans, including members of reserve and guard units. In addition, services are open to the immediate family members of veterans, as well as dislocated workers.

In order to qualify for certain of our services, you must provide proof of you, or your immediate family member's, veteran status. VCI accepts the DD-214 form and will assist clients with obtaining the form, if necessary.

PROGRAMS 

ALL services are provided free of charge to our clients.

Vocational Counseling: We assess skills, abilities, experience, and interests through one-on-one counseling with the client. We then develop and direct each client through an informal, individual job search plan.

Outreach: We develop and maintain relationships with the general public, employers, and related service organizations in order to enhance networking opportunities for our clients.

Resume Preparation: We design professional, skills, and accomplishment-oriented resumes that are credible and attention gathering.

Assisted Job Placement/Networking: We assist clients in networking within the employment community to develop job leads. We also work closely with area Job Centers, various agencies, and employers for client placements.

Workshops: We teach interviewing techniques, job search and networking tactics, cover letters writing, and the basic do's and don'ts of job searching.

Informal Referrals: We provide informal referrals to other agencies for clients seeking help to overcome any difficulty (drug & alcohol, psychological, financial) which impedes the employment process.

Job Fairs: We hold job fairs on a regular basis. Job leads and local contact personnel are available to enhance networking opportunities for our clients.

Client Thumbnail Sketches: We provide employers with updated background skill sketches enabling them to match their employment needs with our client's skills and training.
Library: We have an updated job book of openings, as well as publications and Internet access for job search purposes. A computer/printer is available for clients to create cover letters.

Job Placement Follow-up: We recognize the importance of post-placement follow-up. A follow-up discussion with the client can often eliminate potential problems and aid in employee retention at the job site.

Job Retraining Assistance: At times we have limited job training funding. If you meet the criteria, you may qualify for specific funding if it will result in obtaining a job, promotion, or full time employment from a part-time status.

Referral Assistance: For Veterans dealing with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), we are able to direct clients to specific professional and informal readjustment counseling programs.

EVENTS (Events are best views under EVENTS, not all Event links available on Text site.)

Upcoming Events

-Cambria County Veterans Court Press Conference and Mentor Training

*****New Training Dates: (If interested contact Tom Caulfield (814) 255-0355 or by email: Tom- vci@surfshop.net)*****

PREVIOUS: Peer Mentor Info/Flyer/Application

8th
Annual Developing a Community Response Symposium:

August 2013

Suicide Prevention & PTSD

See Previous Symposiums

Next VCI Advisory Board Meeting:
TBD

VLP/VCI Job Fair

VETERANS AND NON
VETERANS WELCOME!!!

SOON: Johnstown Job Fair


Call for details: 814-255-7209
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Hiram G. Andrews Center
(Seminar Theater)
727 Goucher St
Johnstown, PA 15905

 

Next Blair County Vet Net Job Fair


Call for details: 814-255-7209
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Blair County Career Link
Large Conference Room

 

JOB FAIRS ARE SIT DOWN AFFAIRS!!
SPEAKERS START AT 9AM.
THESE ARE NOT WALK AROUND EVENTS.
PLEASE DO NOT WALK IN AFTER 9AM.

* Employers will be Announced as they are Scheduled

VLP/VCI Workshop
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Hiram G. Andrews Center
VLP/VCI Offices
Dorm A; Room 141

727 Goucher St
Johnstown, PA 15905

 

Other Area Veteran's Agencies

Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA –
Pittsburg/Veterans Leadership Program - Johnstown

2417 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-8200
E-mail: VLP-info@vlpwpa.org

Pennsylvania Disabled Veterans Rehabilitation/Vocational Retraining Project (PDVR/VRP)
c/o VCI
727 Goucher Street
Johnstown, PA 15905

Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
c/o VVLP/VCI
Johnstown, PA 15905
(814) 255-7209

Governor's Veterans Outreach Assistance Center (GVOAC)
401 Washington St.
Johnstown, PA 15901
(814) 539-1984

James E. Van Zandt Veteran's Outpatient Clinic
108 College Park Plaza
Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 266-8696

Cambria County Veterans Affairs Office
Cambria County Courthouse

S. Center St.
Ebensburgh, PA 15931
(814) 472-1590

Somerset County Veterans Affairs Office
147 E. Union St. Suite 1501
Somerset, PA 15501-1418
(814) 445-1551

Indiana County Veterans Affairs Office
825 Philadelphia St.
2nd Floor -- Court House
Indiana, PA 15701
(724) 465-3815

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center
2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Altoona, PA 16602
(814) 943-8164

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 364
P.O. Box #5237
Johnstown, PA 15904
(814) 269-4427

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 587
P.O. Box #711
Somerset, PA 15501

Diabled American Veterans Association (DAV)
340 Strayer St.
Johnstown, PA 15906
(814) 536-5463

American Legion
114 Main St.
Johnstown, PA 15901
(814) 536-6540

A Veterans Representative is available at each of the following agencies:

Bedford County Careerlink
One Corporate Dr, Ste 103
Bedford, PA 15522
814-623-6107

Blair County Careerlink
3001 Fairway Drive
Altoona, PA 16602
814-940-6201

Cambria County Careerlink
200 Lincoln St.
Johnstown, PA 15901
(814) 533-2348

Somerset County Careerlink
218 N. Kimberly Ave.
Somerset, PA 15501
(814) 445-4161

Indiana County Careerlink
350 North 4th St.
Indiana, PA 15701-2061
(724) 357-3030

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


VCI would like to extend their thanks to the following organizations for their kind support and generosity in the development of this website.

Cambria County Department of Human Services
401 Candlelight Dr.
Ebensburgh, PA 15931

Charter Communications (Surfshop)
302 West Otterman St.
Greensburg, PA 15601
(814) 262-9820

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Internship Program
Central Park Complex
P.O. Box 68
Johnstown, PA 15907-0068
(814) 532-5300