ST. LOUIS – With a grant provided by Boeing, Connections to Success will provide employment support to 15 Veterans in the next year through their evidence-based Pathways to Success program. Pathways to Success has been independently evaluated (twice!) and has measurable impact such as 75% become employed and 82% increase their wages after just 6 months. Connections’ unique blend of experiential format coupled with life-long engagement includes in-depth job readiness training, cognitive skill building, soft skills training and other job related topics. The whole process is support by a Life Plan that each participant created. The Life Plan explores the segments of employment, education, finances, housing, transportation, health & wellness, and family & friends. The Life Plan is then supported by a comprehensive set of ongoing services coordinating several job and social programs so that the veterans and their families can address multiple barriers to self-sufficiency at once.
There are approximately 116,798 active duty military or veterans in the St. Louis area (St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County). Over 7,000 of these men and women live below the federal poverty level (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey). In 2015, Connections to Success partnered with local veteran agencies to launch a pilot program providing veterans with employment clothing and attire. Through this project, Connections to Success discovered that a high number of veterans were facing challenges gaining stable employment and were not receiving comprehensive assistance with job skills training, finance management, or access to employment opportunities.
With the support of Boeing, these 15 men and women will gain access to the family of our services and begin to move forward toward a life of financial stability and an improved quality of life for not only them, but also their families. They will be breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and for future generations.
About Connections to Success
Connections to Success was founded 18 years ago and today has two locations in the St. Louis Metro Area as well as two locations in the Kansas City Metro Area. The organization identifies adults who are committed to change and supports them with hope, resources, and a proven plan that helps them overcome barriers to employment and launch a new trajectory toward a whole life. Since 2000, Connections to Success has walked alongside more than 7,650 adults in their journey towards economic independence.
Visit http://www.connectionstosuccess.org to discover meaningful ways to invest your time, talent and treasure as a mentor, volunteer and/or donor.
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About The Boeing Company
The Boeing Company is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-