After 23 years as a chef in the hospitality industry, Charles LaFauce suddenly lost his restaurant job and eventually became homeless. The Army veteran received a lifeline from Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) grantee in Brockton, which provides housing, training, and employment support. LaFauce took computer classes and received career counseling through the grant’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. He eventually received a job offer as a chef in a Quincy seafood restaurant where LaFauce now prepares his signature salmon and snapper dishes. The Program “gave me a place to stay, food to eat and special classes to help me find work,” LaFauce said. Marine veteran William Jones received similar help from Father Bill’s & MainSpring after losing his surgical technologist job and becoming homeless. Jones received housing, updated his resume and found work at a New Hampshire healthcare company. “The program people never judged me. They treated me like a friend and not a client,” Jones said.
Reprinted from US Department of Labor News Brief, November 17, 2011