SPC's GSVOTC Hosts Innovative USO Transition Event
Two organizations dedicated to helping service members and their families make the connection between transitioning and opportunities in the private sector after military service are partners in an event next week where guests will find a bevy of free new services exclusively for them.
The organizations are St. Philip’s College and the USO. Located less than three miles apart, the college reached out to partner with one of the five original USO business units co-located within USO locations nationwide to help GIs, their care-givers and their family members win the future in a critical 24-month period identified by the USO---12 months before discharge and 12 months after discharge from their commitments to serve with the U.S. military that is the nation’s largest employer. The St. Philip’s College Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center team of experts in military-to-private sector transition has hosted USO Pathfinder Transition Program Newcomer's Orientation programs with both outreach and transition service since the partnership began in 2016, and is now fully integrated with the USO’s growing transition services mission in the college’s service area, said center director William Moseley.
St. Philip’s College is traditionally one of the top three colleges for enrolling service members in the San Antonio area, and for decades has been one of the few area colleges with campuses or operating locations that serve the military within a few miles of all five USO locations in the city. Established as a business unit in 2011 to extend the St. Philip’s College experience for veterans beyond the traditional campus and online classroom services, the center that is a city and college partnership is located within the college's Norris Technical Building at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive (http://alamo.edu/spc/VOTC/). Situated nine minutes by car from the USO San Antonio Downtown-RP/6 offices in downtown San Antonio, the center team has provided a one-stop-shop of best-in-class personalized services to eligible veterans and their families in the interim years, with the expected 2017 transition to the stand-alone facility grand opening forecast for Aug. 9. At the new center property, these consumers should expect to find a supportive environment for a bevy of referral services, job training, financial counseling, health and wellness, legal services, business start-up, and consultation on their educational options. As guests discover and connect with services, all of those services will be provided at no cost to the guest. This information will be part of the update that center director William Moseley has been invited to share with the transitioning guests who attend the final USO Pathfinder Transition Program Newcomer's Orientation program before the center opens in August. All are welcome to attend the program with an expected 30 participants July 20 at 11 a.m. in the Heritage Room of the college's Campus Center building at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.
The college has hosted several of the monthly luncheon meetings with different agendas as an education partner since 2016. At many of these programs, the center and USO are partners in delivering the necessary services and referrals to active duty, veteran and service member families. At other meetings, center staff frequently introduced USO-RP/6 Alumni Honorary Mentors to as many as 80 guests. Those alumni were veterans who now volunteer their time to provide one-on-one guidance and a helpful ear to the issues facing members of the armed forces community today as they transition through the 24-month period. Along with other community partners in attendance, the center and USO together built relationships helpful in veteran’s reintegration within the Military City service area.
"However a person defines transition during their military career, St. Philip's College is historically there among a group of partners as diverse---and innovative---as those we have the pleasure of serving. We bring together top organizations to help a person plan their future, pursue a new career, and strengthen their family," said Moseley. "We help persons and their families create or refine sustainable plans for life after military service. Our St. Philip's College team connects our heroes with all the local and national resources a hero needs to succeed. We work independently and with other organizations to accomplish our passion, helping the heroes. Community colleges were created, or in St. Philip's College's case, expanded, with federal assistance in large part to help the transition of veterans of the Greatest Generation in World War 2, including a Tuskegee Airman or two. The services we offer have changed ahead of the times, and our passion to serve as a provider of premiere outreach and transition services for heroes remains intact, however a person defines transition," Moseley said. “USO is an innovative partner with a trusted brand that helps people. We are proud to continue our relationship with all heroes we serve through our USO transition team partnership in San Antonio,” said Moseley.
For details on the St. Philip’s College Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center operations, contact center director William Moseley at (210) 486-2506, firstname.lastname@example.org - email@example.com. For details on the July 20 USO Pathfinder Transition Program Newcomer's Orientation, contact USO San Antonio Transition Coordinator Berdella Nuñez at (210) 227-9373, ext. 1007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.