Career Advancement Working Group
The Career Advancement Working Group consists of job centers, work source centers, HR professionals, veteran employment training programs, corporations, VA vocational rehab representatives and individuals looking to hire veterans. This working group has sought to educate employers, develop best practices for service providers and work to identify veterans in need of meaningful employment.
Salvation Army Haven
|PETER (P.J.) STIGERS, MSW
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Care
LISA ANDERSON is the veterans employment services manager at The Salvation Army Haven. She has a background in management and education/counseling, and more than 20 years of leadership experience in human services with such skills as employee development and training, project management and occupational counseling. Anderson established the Veterans Employment Services Program at Salvation Army Haven that now assists more than 450 veterans every year.
PETER STIGERS is the manager of Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He previously worked on the HUD-VASH program helping chronically homeless veterans secure and maintain permanent housing. Stigers has helped more than 1,000 homeless veterans through leading the nation’s largest homeless veterans supported employment program initiative from June 2011 to October 2014.
- Employer Survey: Developed and conducted an employer survey that aimed to identify needs of employers that could inform better intervention strategies to fill gaps between service providers and veterans.
- Resource List: Identified and compiled a comprehensive list of employment resources within active working group members. This list established each organization, the number of veterans served, their geographical location, and the type of services provided to them.
- Employment Resource Factsheet: Created a factsheet that provides veterans in Los Angeles County with key information to find the correct employment resource for their skillset, education level and experience.
An action sheet is a record of each working group’s various goals and ongoing projects updated monthly.
Career Advancement’s overall goal is to use findings from the Los Angeles County Veterans Study to solve employment-related issues such as:
- Improving the image of veteran talent among employers,
- Providing veterans with access to career assistance services, and
- Identifying veteran talent residing in and transitioning to LA.