WORCESTER — In the years after John A. Doherty left the Air Force, he was diagnosed with chronic depression, worked a series of what he calls “meaningless jobs” and struck out at three job fairs.
No more, he claims. Mr. Doherty, 36, landed a bed at the Veterans Inc. shelter for homeless veterans in Worcester three months ago and, about three weeks ago, started a temporary full-time job at Eaton Corp. assembling computer server cabinets.
“That was my goal,” he said, “to get back on my feet.”
Mr. Doherty is one of about 85 homeless veterans living at the shelter, all of whom get assessed for job training and placement through the nonprofit agency Veterans Inc. with the support of federal grants aimed at integrating homeless veterans of the armed forces into the nation’s civilian labor force. It’s a task that requires agencies to address housing, mental and physical health issues, and sometimes substance abuse as they try to set a veteran on a better path.
By Lisa Eckelbecker TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF