Hiring America, the first TV series dedicated to helping veterans find jobs, recently interviewed Executive Director Shari Krull of Grace Institute, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, and Tanya Thomas, the first graduate of Grace Institute’s training program for female veterans and their families
“The most meaningful part,” Ms. Thomas tells TV host, “is that anyone can start over.”
“After taking care of my disabled husband for eight years- meaning we were childhood sweethearts right out of high school…going from caring for a disabled American veteran — and we have 2 children — and then him passing away eight years later after brain surgery, becoming a single mom and having to put my life back together…
“Grace Institute was a beacon of light to find your way…someone who will help you with a hand up not a hand out.”
Grace Institute’s goal is to graduate women as a complete package, women who are ready to take on a ladder job that will lead to financial stability for herself, her family and her community. It provides six months of tuition-free job training for underserved women, placing 80% of its graduates into full-time job within one year.
Ms. Thomas was placed as a caseworker at Catholic Charities.
“I’ve walked in some of the shoes of people who are having difficulties,” she said. “It’s so empowering.”