For Immediate Release:

August 23, 2017


NCIA and Alliance: Opening Doors for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Labor has recently awarded a grant to Alliance the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), the Homeless Female Veterans’ and Homeless Veterans’ with Families (HFVVWF). The purpose of this program is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.


The training in this program will be completed by the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA). For the past 40 years, NCIA Co-Founder and CEO Herbert Hoelter has dedicated his career to help create a society where all individuals are provided with the care necessary to live their lives to the best of their abilities. “We are excited about our partnership with Alliance and the opportunity to provide our country’s veterans with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful and gainful employment” said Mr. Hoelter.


This grant will allow NCIA and Alliance to begin working with homeless veterans beginning September 11th. The program that has been created will be held at the brand new Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center in East Baltimore. Veterans will enter a 13 week program where they will be taught automotive, CDL, and construction skills.


“In my years working with homeless veterans, connecting them to gainful employment has been a challenge. I’m confident this new program will change that,” said John Hill, Executive Director of Alliance, part of Sheppard Pratt Health System. “I look forward to Alliance partnering with NCIA to connect these veterans to job training and employment opportunities so they can get back on their feet, supporting themselves and their families.”


“Sheppard Pratt is grateful for the support this grant will provide,” said Sheppard Pratt Health System President and CEO Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA. “Our organization works diligently to provide mental health, substance use, and social services for homeless veterans across Maryland. This funding will allow us to have an even greater impact to help those who have served our nation.”


This program will train approximately 178 individuals.