Despite yesterday's brief downpour, Military Veterans Resource Center's Open House event drew a crowd out to the new Chillicothe resource center. Previously serving veterans out of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, MVRC has moved to 1786 N. Bridge St., located north of the Chillicothe Mall Shopping Center.
"Our goal with the open house was to celebrate the opening of our new resource center and to share the career services we provide veterans," said Executive Director Len Proper. "We appreciate the community's support and are grateful for everyone who came out to visit with us."
The event started at 10:00 a.m. and throughout the day, MVRC staff members gave tours of the new center, served the attendees a picnic lunch and handed out promotional items. Radio host Christina Wolford from WKKJ 94. 3 also broadcasted live from the event, which enticed several interested listeners to stop by.
"So many people don't know about these resources, and they're free," said open house attendee Tim Wilson. Wilson first met MVRC career specialist Dennis Lambert, who runs the center, while he was a patient at the VA Medical Center. "Dennis goes above and beyond helping so many people. He helped me find my job at Kenworth [Truck Company]."
Now that MVRC has its own space, Lambert feels he'll be able to gain a wider outreach and provide more veterans with career services that fit their needs. "The first day we put up [MVRC's] new sign, I got three calls from people asking about us," says Lambert. However, he still makes time to drop by the VA twice a week to check up on his clients who currently live on campus.
At the new center, Lambert will continue to help clients with career assessment, resume and cover letter writing, obtaining licenses and certifications, interview techniques, finding job placements and more. Presently, the center has several computer stations veterans can use if they need to draft resumes, search for jobs, or submit job applications, but plans are in the works for adding a food bank and a clothing bank. If you're a veteran who is currently unemployed, or ready for a career change, MVRC can help. Call 614-230-0662 today.