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Northville Firm Helps Veterans Trade Military Uniforms for Business Suits

Wells Fargo Advisors of Detroit, which has an office in Northville, is supporting the “Operation Good Jobs” program for veterans.

Credit: Patch file photo
Credit: Patch file photo

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit announces new support for its  “Operation Good Jobs” program for veterans. A donation from Wells Fargo Advisors will help outfit veterans and military family members to help them earn new jobs. From interview clothing to on-the-job attire, this support from Wells Fargo Advisors will help dress more than 50 of those who wore the military uniform in the uniform of business.

The donation will be used for male and female veterans and immediate family members enrolled in the Operation Good Jobs training program, focused on eliminating barriers to employment and facilitating self-sufficiency. The program offers career-planning, skills training and services that help translate military experience into civilian employment.

“Wells Fargo Advisors is committed to creating opportunities for and supporting military veterans as one of our top priorities of community support, here in the Detroit area. Outfitting veterans with attire to be successful in a new phase of their lives is one way to convey our gratitude for their service and ease the transition from military service to civilian life,” said Heather Hunt-Ruddy, Managing Director and Market Manager, Wells Fargo Advisors, Detroit, which has offices in Northville, said in a news release.

The donation will pay for business suits for interviews and professional work settings, men’s and women’s dress shoes, required uniforms and work boots  purchased from local clothing and department stores.

“Operation Good Jobs has already helped nearly 100 veterans in its first year of operation. The program addresses the comprehensive needs of veterans and military family members facing employment challenges - from resume building to long-term career counseling and transportation,” said Lorna G. Utley, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “We appreciate the financial support from Wells Fargo Advisors to elevate the level of assistance we are able to provide veterans and encourages preparedness and success in their new jobs,” she added.

“This partnership is a great example of the commitment Michigan’s private and non-profit sectors are making to the state’s veterans.  These collaborations are developing community based solutions and achieving results that support returning Michigan’sVeterans to the local workforce and helping them begin the next chapter of their lives,” said Jeff Barnes, Director, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. 

Veterans, spouses of active or retired service members and adult children (ages 18 -25) interested in learning more or participating in the Operation Good Jobs program can contact David Williams, Veteran Family Strengthening Coordinator at (313) 557-8627or dwilliams2@goodwilldetroit.org. Additional information is available at http://www.goodwilldetroit.org.

Source: news release

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