Lynn Curtis is a success story not only for the Ohio JVS grant, but for all the Summit County Veteran Service providers who work together for her betterment. Lynn has had several felony drug convictions and upon her release and parole she was emotionally very fragile.
The first time I met Lynn and started working with her when I was working with the Summit County Veteran Service Commission for a job fair boot camp, which prepared Veterans for an upcoming job fair. The county service commission provided dress clothes, but since Lynn was the only female and there were no clothes she was provided a gist card to buy and outfit for an interview. Lynn was in tears, as she stated no one had ever been so kind to her. Lynn was also afforded the opportunity to be in the Summit County Veterans Valor Court. The Valor Court provided additional support and guidance ensuring Lynn could remain sober.
Although not required the court recommended doing community service, so Lynn gladly volunteered and help our homeless Veterans during the Summit County Stand Down. Lynn had an uphill fight to gain employment, and we also assisted and ensured she was aware of other services such as food banks that could help her. Regarding employment, we assisted Lynn in creating a resume and showing her how to use OhioMeansJobs, we would meet with her weekly to conduct job searches and I would assist her ensuring she was able to complete the applications.
During our recent Veteran fair, I assisted her with her 30 second elevator pitch so she would feel more comfortable telling employer what she had to offer. Due to the assistance of Mike Chastain (ODJFS Veteran Workforce Specialist) whom provided Lynn’s resume to a local employer, Lynn was provided a work interview where according to the HR Representative she did an amazing job and wanted to offer her a position. Even though the job that Lynn was offered is only part time, she is very eager to prove her worth to an employer and realizes that it is a great start.
Lynn Curtis has had some rough times, but the one thing she found out she was able to count on were her fellow Veterans and the Veteran support agencies. Lynn Curtis’ success is not only the success of the Veteran but of the Veteran Support groups within Summit County who work together for her betterment.
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