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Goodwill Industries, Century Housing and Salvation Army Host Media Tour of Programs Serving America's Veterans.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2000

Goodwill Industries of Southern California (GISC), Century Housing and The Salvation Army will host a media bus tour during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 15 of the agencies' housing, training and job placement facilities for homeless veterans.

The bus will arrive at 8:30 a.m. at the media headquarters at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, at 333 S. Figueroa. Journalists will tour The Salvation Army's The Haven, located at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, and Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, the newest partnership between Century Housing and U.S. Vets. Three graduates from GISC's veterans program will ride on the bus with the media and be available for interviews. The bus will return to the Marriott by 1 p.m.

More than 27,000 homeless veterans sleep on the streets of Los Angeles every night, and the national figure is nearly 10 times that amount. GISC, Century Housing and The Salvation Army provide various programs to veterans and their families, such as transitional housing, substance abuse treatment programs, skills training and job placement services.

GISC's work acclimation training program is specifically designed to develop effective work attitudes and habits, while assisting the participant to work through problem behaviors. Last year and through the first half of 2000, GISC has served 64 veterans and placed 46 in mainstream employment.

Participants are placed in various work environments utilizing their existing and transferable skills. They are also involved in group activities and workshops such as anger management, sobriety support, responsible citizenship and job readiness. The work acclimation training program provides real-world training and work experience.

Century Housing has partnered with U.S. Vets in the rehabilitation of the former U.S. Naval base in the city of Long Beach, to develop Century Villages at Cabrillo. Century committed $8 million to this effort to form one of the nation's largest social-services-oriented transitional-housing facilities, which will serve thousands of veterans and their families.

Among the many social amenities offered are: family and senior transitional housing; a veterans residential treatment program; an on-site career center; and counseling and child care. Century's first partnership with U.S. Vets, the Westside Residence Hall in Inglewood, has assisted more than 2,500 veterans transition back into society.

Started in 1994, the Salvation Army's Haven is a joint venture with the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center (VAHC). The program was established to ensure that homeless and or at-risk veterans receive housing and support services in addition to the medical care offered by the VAHC.

Located on the grounds of the VAHC campus, the Haven provides the first step for many veterans as they move from the hospitalization to self-sufficiency. Over the years, the Haven has grown from providing emergency housing for 29 veterans to one that now has four components (with a fifth scheduled to open this fall) and provides services for more than 200 veterans at time.

Founded in 1919, Goodwill Industries of Southern California provides education, job training and job placement services for people who have disabilities and other vocational disadvantages.

Century Housing Corporation began as the Century Freeway Housing Program in 1979 and has since privatized into a private nonprofit organization committed to providing social services it calls "More Than ShelterTM". Century also provides financing for the creation of quality affordable housing for working-class families throughout Southern California. Century also provides services for working parents, at-risk youth, and women seeking employment in construction trades.

Founded by William Booth in London in 1865, The Salvation Army is an international organization that sees to the needs of people in 107 countries around the globe and nearly 1,400 communities across the United States.
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