Helping Veterans Reach Goals

In the Spring, AFN launched digital literacy classes as a partner with Front Step’s Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The program provides short-term rehousing assistance to very low-income Veteran families to obtain stable permanent housing. AFN teaches participants basic computer skills and provides job readiness training to help Veterans achieve their employment goals. Verlon Dilley III, is one of the many Veterans, who has participated in Austin Free-Net’s computer classes and quickly found employment.

Referred by a Front Steps Case Manager, Verlon, visited AFN’s new satellite computer lab. He served the country in the U.S. Air Force and was eager to get assistance job searching online. Verlon had minimal experience using a computer. Our Trainer helped Verlon create a targeted resume to apply for warehouse and moving positions. He was excited about learning how to attach his resume and cover letter to a new Google Drive account. During his second class, he used his new skills to apply for ten positions and received a call back within the hour for a warehouse position.

In the AFN SSVF class, participants learn how to use the internet, create an email, and increase their overall computer literacy. While Verlon participated in the program he enjoyed discovering new functions and tools on the computer and how to utilize them for his own needs.

If you would like to read more information about the SSVF program, click here.