LANSING, MI- Peckham, Inc. has been certified as a gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer and designated as an official Michigan Veteran Connector company by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. MVAA recognizes organizations based on their commitment to recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining veteran talent. This is the second time Peckham has been recognized at the gold-level.
“To be certified as a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer and a Michigan Veteran Connector truly highlights Peckham’s commitment to serving past and present service members,” said employment analyst Joe Saur. “We are lucky to have Peckham among the ranks of our VFE program. The work they do to support veterans in every step of the employment process speaks volumes and I look forward to our continued partnership with Peckham and other employers to make Michigan the top state for veterans to find great job opportunities.”
Employers must meet certain requirements to be recognized as gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employers. There must be a 75 percent retention rate among employed veterans over a 12-month period as well as multiple veteran-specific programs or hiring initiatives.
Peckham has strategic relationships with government agencies and community service providers, including Department of Veteran Affairs, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, as well as many contracts with the Department of Defense.
“At Peckham we work to create a supportive environment for veterans, offering job opportunities in IT Help Desk Services, warehousing, and manufacturing,” said James Caleb Adams, Chief Human Services Officer. “These positions provide an opportunity for veterans to gain transferable job skills, while connecting with fellow veterans who offer support and insight as they transition into civilian life.”
“It is an honor to receive both the gold certification and designation as a Michigan Veteran connector,” said Matthew Urhammer, Veteran Services Specialist. “It validates the intentionality we put in providing supportive services and job opportunities to enable veterans to reintegrate back into civilian life successfully.”
About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
Created by Executive Order in 2013, MVAA’s mission is to be the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. The agency works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state departments, county agencies, and community and veterans service organizations throughout the state. The agency operates the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center, a 24/7/365 call center in partnership with Michigan 211. By calling 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) veterans, family members and service providers can get information and access a comprehensive network of resources and services. Learn more at Michigan.gov/MVAA.
Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit community vocational rehabilitation organization that values quality, diversity, and performance. The mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons with disabilities who are striving for greater independence and self- sufficiency. Peckham has operations through five locations in Michigan including Lansing, Flint, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and Charlotte. Peckham also has operations in Phoenix, Arizona, and London, Kentucky. To learn more about Peckham, visit www.peckham.org.