VISIT WITH THE HONORABLE ERIC SHINSEKI, FORMER SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

2012 I met the Honorable Shinseki , former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, on his visit in Jacksonville, FL.  He visited the mission, where I provided my environmental service program for homeless veterans.  An amazing opportunity and unforgettable, having him tell me thank you for what I was doing for the veterans.

Ms. Newby,

Thank you for your interest and ongoing  assistance  for homeless Veterans.  Eliminating Veteran homelessness by 2015  is  one of Secretary Shinseki highest priorities. I have attached a copy of VA’s Homeless Veteran fact sheet to this message.  The Homeless Veteran website provides an overview of VA’s initiatives and programs offered to homeless Veterans and their families. You can access the website at www.va.gov/homeless.

I am happy to pass your regards to Secretary Shinseki. Thank you for your daughters military  service to our country.  You must be very proud of their achievements. While as Federal Employees we cannot participate in political campaigns thank you for getting into this campaign I am sure the voters of the 9th District of the State Senate will benefit from your involvement.  Please contact Mary Rooney in my office should you require additional information. She can be reached at 202-461-1874 or by email at mary.rooney@va.gov.

Sincerely,

Pete Dougherty

Associate Executive Director, Senior Policy Advisor

Homeless Veterans Initiatives Office [075 D]

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

1722 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20420

New Opportunity

At the ACT event at Cedar Valley College, it was announced that COVINGTON’S CONSULTING & SERVICES, LLC has been chosen as the OSHA Instructor for Cedar Valley College.  They  have just started a partnership with SKILLs Development Fund.  This funding allows small businesses to obtain training for their employees at no cost to them.

Thank you Ms. Raynor and Cedar Valley College.

 

A big fan of yours

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This letter is in regards to Cherron Covington (CC).  Cherron did many things while living in Jacksonville, FL.  I met her when she was running her cleaning company. She hired homeless veterans and ex-offenders, providing transportation and a meal while they worked.  Cherron worked with the shelters in the city and hired many individuals to work. Her specialty was construction final cleaning. When construction came to a halt, she took the time to become the authorized OSHA trainer and created an environmental service program.

Cherron began teaching her program to the same individuals, homeless veterans and ex-offenders.  Cherron began teaching her program in 2008, by 2012 she had graduated 10 classes, 150 individuals; 60% went to work, 10% went for more schooling and 3% became business owners.  One of her graduates wanted to work with juveniles to keep them from going to prison like he had.  Cherrron introduced him to the public defender and he is still employed today, working with juveniles, appearing in court on their behalf and speaking to groups and audiences in Jacksonville.

Cherron permitted a non-profit organization to continue using her program while she ran for a State Senate seat.  She felt she could make a bigger difference for the district that most of her previous employees and past training participants lived.  She didn’t win, but the margin was very close.  Cherron was honored by the Duval County City Council for her dedication, commitment, and hard-work the Jacksonville communities. She was also appointed by two mayors to various boards for the city.

I know Cherron will make a difference in Dallas, as she really has a heart for the people she serves.  She has a servant’s heart and the people feel it coming from her.  Cherron will be a great asset to the city of Dallas.

If more information is needed, please contact me via the information below.

Respectfully,

Glorious J. Johnson

Former City Council Member, At-Large Group 5