August Newsletter

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  • Warrior Metrics
     

Upcoming Events

8/16 Veterans Appreciation Event
2 - 6 p.m. @ New Horizon Family Health Service

8/18 Kayaking Day
1 - 4 p.m. @ Lake Robinson


8/23 Higher Ground Hikers
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. @ Hagood Mill Historic Site & Long Shoals Wayside Park


8/25 Family Hike
10am @ Crabtree Falls
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Featured Event-
Pebble Creek Golf Tournament

The 2018 Warrior Classic Golf Tournament is on September 24 at Pebble Creek Country Club! To register as a golfer in this year's tournament, please fill out the information at this link.
If you would like to be a sponsor for the event, please email Theresa Thompson: 

Leadership Update-
Fellowship Academy 

I hope everyone is having a great August. This month, we are pleased to introduce our 2018-19 Fellowship Academy cohort. We had a class of 12 new Fellows start their internships with us last month and are actively working at the following organizations until they graduate next July:
 
  • Upstate Warrior Solution offices in Clemson/Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg
  • Greenville Health System (Military and Government Liaison Office)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
  • VeteransASCEND
 
We have a very diverse cohort, comprised of men and women who have served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, with over 130 years of combined military service represented. After five cohorts of Fellows on six-month schedules, we have decided to pilot a year-long program. These Fellows will serve a two-fold mission of conducting operational support at their organizations, as well as building their personal skills and resource base in order to join the workforce after graduation.
 
You can read more about each Fellow below.  Please join me in welcoming our new Fellows when you see them over the coming months and in supporting their transition to careers in our Upstate community as they continue their service to our nation.
 
With gratitude,
Charlie Hall
President, UWS

Welcome Our 2018-19 Fellowship Academy!

Left to right: Rudy Ruediger, Shelly Waite, Theresa Totherow, Jordan Bolding, Cody Scott,
Doug Smith, Evan Cantrell, Andrew Ellis.
Senior Fellow
Michael Jacobs hails from the great Ohio valley: Moundaville, West Virginia. He is a retired Army Sergeant with 10 years of service. He has 3 children: two boys at 10 and 2 years and one girl at 4 years. He is a college student at Limestone College, pursing a Bachelor’s of Social Work. 
 
Greenville Team
Doug Smith, who was born in Syracuse, New York, lives in Spartanburg. He has been with his girlfriend Nikki, for 3 years. He has two boys Weston and Jared, who are 5 and 2 years, respectively.  He served 10 years in the Marine Corps as an Infantryman. He looks forward to growing and developing as a Fellow with UWS.
 
Jordan Bolding was born July 6, 1989 in Manhattan, NY. He moved to Taylors, SC at the age of 6. In 2011, he joined the Army in search of a better lifestyle for himself and his family. After discharge in 2014, he moved back to Taylors, where he struggled to find a niche in the community due to some mental health issues. Now, in 2018, he has overcome a lot of the complications which arose from his mental health. He has joined the UWS Fellowship Program and aspires to be a leader to whom others who have suffered from mental health issues can look up to and admire. He constantly seeks measurable success, and with the help of the leaders involved in his treatment, he is sure to find it. 
 
Spartanburg Team 
Alex Ng comes from a family of veterans and police officers who have a dedication to serve and protect the American people. He served for four and a half years in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst. He is currently a full-time student at USC Upstate, seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in business. 
 
Henry Vega served in the Navy for 10 years as a culinary specialist. He was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. As the second oldest of three boys and two girls, he always felt like he needed to set himself apart from his siblings. He developed a unique sense of humor and considers himself the funniest and most outgoing out of all his siblings. Straight out of high school, he decided to join the military with the intentions of joining the Army. He mistakenly walked into a Navy recruiting office and ended up joining on the spot. He is husband, a father of two beautiful kids, and hopefully, a good example to all veterans here in the Upstate. 
 
Tri-County Team 
Rudy Ruediger, who was born and raised in Eastern Washington, joined the US Army in 2003 and served seven years with the 82nd Airborne and three deployments.  After the Army, he graduated with honors, in December 2017, from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.
 
Cody Scott, who is from Anderson, South Carolina, joined the Army in 2010 and served as a Cavalry Scout. He was medically discharged in 2014 due to injuries on deployment in Afghanistan. He recently graduated from Clemson University in May 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in history and is presently working on a second degree in anthropology at Clemson.
 
Habitat For Humanity Team
Andrew Ellis, who is from Upstate, NY, joined the Marines in 2006, where he was stationed with 1/5 Alpha in Camp Pendleton, CA. He deployed twice with 1/5 (11th MEU - West Pac and Operation Khanjar in Helmand Province, Afghanistan). He lived in Orange County, CA, where he graduated Orange Coast College with two Associate’s Degrees. He pursued a couple career paths to include Google and D-Link for business development and account management. He moved to Greenville, SC in July 2018 to work for Upstate Warrior Solution, Habitat for Humanity, in their Warrior Fellowship Program, where he will also be pursuing a career in real estate. 
 
Tasha McClendon is originally from Killeen, Texas. She served in the Navy from 2004 to 2008.  She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Social Work at Limestone College. She will be working with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at the Wade Hampton location. She will be working diligently to connect veterans with Upstate Warrior Solution to help them find the resources to empower themselves. 

GHS Fellow
Theresa Totherow served in the United States Army on active duty for just under eight years. She was a combat medic and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She earned her MBA in project management and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She will earn her Project Management Professional Certification in the near future. Her three young kids are her top priority and focus in life. 
 
VeteransASCEND Fellow
Evan Cantrell, who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He lives with his son in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and is transitioning from self-employment. He is actively working towards a teaching certification.

Spartanburg Mission Report


We would like to introduce Kaitlan Morehouse as the new AmeriCorps VISTA through United Way of the Piedmont (UWP): Kaitlan is from Western North Carolina, specifically Transylvania County.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in professional writing, from Appalachian State University (App State) in May of 2016. As of July 2018, she has accepted an AmeriCorps Vista position with UWP, serving at UWS. She is excited to accept the position as the position description highlighted the skills she learned and hoped to continue from her undergraduate courses at App State. Additionally, she has a lot of family and friends who have served or are serving in the armed forces, so she is excited to have a better understanding of the opportunities and resources available to warriors.
Left to right: Carol Jones, Shai Dunbar-Smith, Kaitlan Morehouse.

Success Story

The Spartanburg office would like to congratulate Carol Jones for graduating from the AmeriCorps Member program with the United Way of the Piedmont (UWP). During her year of service, Carol worked with the Spartanburg office, assisting with client needs and supporting UWP during tax season. We would also like to congratulate Shai Dunbar-Smith on graduating from the AmeriCorps VISTA Program with UWP. During her year of service, Shai assisted in the organization of the Annual Spartanburg Luncheon, provided numerous marketing materials, and was instrumental in the design and completion of UWS Annual Report. Both Carol and Shai will be missed, and we thank them for their hard work and dedication this past year.

Looking Ahead

The Spartanburg office will be conducting its third-quarterly CAB meeting this month.

"I look forward to our gathering on the 16th as we have some marvelous updates on the successes of many of the veterans in our community who have availed themselves of the services of UWS, Spartanburg staff and volunteers. Also, we hope to introduce at least one, maybe two, new Board members as we expand our networking in Spartanburg and as we continue to discuss UWS, Spartanburg's goals and missions both short and long term and our part in helping to accomplish them."  - Craig Burnett, Spartanburg CAB Chair

Tri-County Mission Report

The Tri-County office conducted a veteran recreation hiking and camping trip to Burrell’s Ford on June 27, 2018. This was an opportunity for veterans to get together, have fellowship, and enjoy the great outdoor recreation the area has to offer.

Upstate Warrior Solution's Family Support programs had a successful month with Higher Ground Hikers and Crafts for Freedom. Last month, 20 warrior caregivers and spouses participated in these events. Any warrior caregivers or spouses interested in participating in future events should contact Christy at cellington@upstatewarriorsolution.org

Success Story

The Tri-County office was approached by Mark, a veteran who was in need of assistance in several aspects of his life. Our staff was able to request the veteran's military records and enroll him in the VA healthcare system. The Tri-County office assisted Mark with getting back into school, and he will begin attending classes in the coming weeks. This veteran now has a new job, a plan, and a path toward future success. 

Looking Ahead

Upstate Warrior Solution's Tri-County office will be supporting the operations of Spittoono on August 23-25 and has been named as one of the five charities to benefit from the proceeds.  Spittoono is an annual music festival in Central, SC which has been ongoing since 1981. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact us at (864) 520-2073 and choose option 2 to speak to our Tri-County Office. Email inquiries can be sent to the Tri-County Office Director at dpopham@upstatewarriorsolution.org. More information about Spittoono can be found at http://www.spittoono.com/.

Greenville Mission Report

The Greenville Veteran Treatment Court graduated another participant this month. The Army veteran was in the program for over a year, and now, he is stably housed, employed, and is supporting his family. All thanks to the dedication of the Greenville County Courts, the local VA, and Upstate Warrior Solution. 

Success Story

Congratulations to Michael Jacobs and Matt Edson for graduating from the Fellowship Academy last month! Michael will be staying with Upstate Warrior Solution as the Senior Fellow and Matt will begin his term as an AmeriCorps VISTA through United Way of Greenville County in late August. We are thrilled to continue working with both of you for another year!

Warrior Metrics

UWS had 90 new warriors receive assistance last month.
202 warrior concerns were resolved during the month of July.

Veterans Services Survey

The University of South Carolina School of Law is starting a Veterans Legal Clinic to provide free legal services to indigent veterans in South Carolina. They would like information from both service providers and veterans.

Veterans who complete this survey are eligible to receive a $7.99 Chick-fil-a gift card by mail.


Click here to take the Veteran Survey.

Click here to take the Provider Survey.

The information you provide will be extremely valuable for the clinic, as well as for the coordination of service provision throughout the state. Your responses will be confidential, and you will not be identified personally in any reports. Your participation is completely voluntary.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bennett Gore at 803-777-8904 or cbgore@law.sc.edu, or by mail at: 1525 Senate Street, Room 355, Columbia, SC 29208.

Career Development Tips

Are you looking for employment? A great place to start is the WIN test, which is the professional equivalent of ACT WorkKeys and measures workplace skills. WIN classes are free but require registration. Chris, a veteran who took the test, agreed to share his advice and experience: 

I took the KEYS/WIN test. The following are easy ways to succeed: 

1.  Contact the Sullivan Lifelong Learning Center in Greenville and ask for the practice WIN test. The test was [like] the practice one on the WIN website. 

2. Take the [23-question], "Locating" test first and take your time; you have 55 minutes. This is where most people score the lowest. I found it relatively easy. It requires reading and understanding graphs, diagrams, and information [from them]. 

3. Take the [33-question], math test next. Use the formula handout and calculator. The key is to move quickly [and know how to do fractions on a calculator and use formulas]. Most don't finish. I finished 30 of 33 questions, but I passed the test. 

4. Take the reading test last. I found it easy. [WIN Learning] underlines most of the words and wants the meaning from the context provided. 

I took the "Business Writing Test," [which isn't required and] was easy. You write five paragraphs in 30 minutes about a topic. 

The most difficult part about the test is showing up on test day at 8 a.m. and remembering not to bring your cellphone into the classroom.  

If you don't pass the test, you can take it again in a couple of weeks for free.  

If you pass the test, you are given a score of bronze, silver, or gold and a certificate. I was surprised to hear how many companies in SC use this. It's [your] responsibility to get the certificate to [your] potential employer.  

As I understand it, Mitsubishi, Michelin, and BMW all use these standards, depending on the job you're trying to earn. 

There were about 20 people, taking the test, who were applying to different industries [like] the Greenville County School System. It seemed like Greenville County Schools is looking for people [to fill] custodial, food service, and teacher aide jobs.

Chris W. 
Veteran

For more information on classes and test dates, call 864-355-6088 or click here

To see the list of 3,460 SC employers who hire based on NCRC certificates, click here

UWS Outdoor Adventures

UWS Outdoor Adventures continues to offer bike rides, rafting, zipline, hiking, and other exciting adventures for veterans at no cost. The only requirement to participate is to have completed UWS intake and include a copy of your VA ID. Please call ‭(864) 520-2073‬ to setup intake appointment and email Seargle@upstatewarriorsolution.org for more information. 

The view from last month's Grandfather Mountain hike.
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