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Volunteers of America Texas officially celebrated the opening of its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program in Fort Worth with a ribbon cutting.

Two days shy of Veterans’ Day, Volunteers of America Texas officially celebrated the opening of its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program in Fort Worth. The Fort Chamber of Commerce officiated the ribbon cutting at Park Meadows Apartments, a senior housing site operated by VOA Texas, to mark the milestone for the organization.

In July, VOA Texas was awarded more than $464,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor VETS division to expand its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to Fort Worth. The organization currently offers the program in Houston.

The three-year grant from the Veterans’ Administration will help homeless veterans gain access to competitive employment, housing and find other resources they need to live a better quality of life.

The program is expected to serve 180 veterans each year throughout the life of the grant and will employ up to five staff members, most likely veterans. VOA Texas currently provides employment services and other support to veterans through the HVRP program in Houston and rapid re-housing and other support through the Supportive Service for Veteran Families program in San Antonio. The organization served more than 200 veterans in Texas last year.

Nearly two dozen people showed for the event. Veterans who call Park Meadows home were recognized and stories about the veterans helped through the new Fort Worth program, so far, were shared.