Earlier this month, the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) co-sponsored a hiring event in Dallas. The event featured more than 140 employers who were offering 14,000 open positions. Many of the organizations on site were prepared to conduct interviews and make direct hires right there at the event. Companies represented at the event included Dallas VA Medical Center, VA North Texas Health Care System. local law enforcement, U.S. Customs & Border Control, and other Dallas area corporations.
“We’re here to get Veterans out and get Veterans hired,” said Stephen B. Dillard, director of CFOI. “That’s our main mission today.” Hosted at Gilley’s event venue, the hiring fair received 756 job seekers who received 295 contingent offers and 16 direct hires.
Along with the job opportunities, a local mobile Vet center was parked out front to provide counseling to anyone who may have been experiencing emotional distress or other concern requiring attention. VA also hosted a series of breakout sessions that educated attendees on survivor benefits, Veteran homelessness, serving Women Veterans, eBenefits enrollment, tribal Veterans and memorial affairs.
VA’s CFOI cultivates and develops relationships with faith-based, nonprofit, and community/neighborhood organizations, working with them as partners to serve Veterans, their families, caregivers, survivors and other beneficiaries. The center educates, engages, and informs organizations about issues facing Veterans and the benefits, programs, and services VA provides. Through CFOI outreach efforts, opportunities are provided for external partners to expand their understanding of, and participation in, VA programs.
CFOI supported other events in November to include a Veterans month celebration in Miami and a regional outreach event in California, both including the breakout sessions that were featured in Dallas.