Ontario, Calif., Oct. 31, 2019 – JVS SoCal Veteran Services has partnered with the Ontario City Library through the Veterans Connect program to serve Veterans in San Bernardino County. This new partnership will expand the resources currently available at the Library’s Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC), offering Veterans access to comprehensive job placement and training resources to help them reintegrate into the workforce. To celebrate this new partnership, JVS SoCal Veteran Services and the Ontario City Library will host an open house for the community at the VRC on November 6, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  The VRC is located at the Ovitt Family Community Library, at 215 E. C Street, Ontario.

“The biggest obstacle facing an estimated 94,000 Veterans living in San Bernardino County is physically getting to one of the JVS SoCal offices to get help,” said John Gutierrez, Deputy Director of Veteran Services for JVS SoCal. “Our goal is to remove that barrier and bring services to Veterans in the communities where they live. The is a wonderful partnership that will enable our team to provide direct service where the need is the greatest.”

The Ontario City Library established the VRC in January 2016 to assist Veterans in obtaining benefits for housing, employment, education, health and Veterans Administration claims. This VRC, one of 61 throughout California, was funded through a joint partnership between the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CALVET) and the California State Library with a two year grant. To date, the Ontario City Library VRC has helped over 1,220 Veterans and families obtain benefits.

“We are tremendously proud of what we have been able to do in the past few years,” said Helen McAlary, Executive Director Community Life & Culture. “We’ve witnessed a number of successful outcomes and heartwarming stories such as when we helped a family get a home loan because our VRC was able to assist the lender in getting information about VA and CALVET home loans. The family now has a new home and are grateful for our help.”

A member of the JVS SoCal Veteran Services team will be at the Ontario City Library VRC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Altogether, JVS SoCal has directly served over 500 Veterans through the Veterans First program in 2018 with a combined total of over 3,000 Veterans coming through the doors at our various sites including the Veterans America’s Job Center (AJCC) at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall as well as the additional AJCC sites operated by JVS SoCal in West L.A., Lancaster and Palmdale.