The Boots to Shoes mission is to augment veterans’ support services for 21st century Veterans’ successful transition into civilian jobs. It serves as an example for going forward by giving back.
Boots to Shoes (BTS) accomplishes its mission by engaging and training volunteers from the business community to be mentors for transitioning veterans. BTS mentors are trained to provide coaching for resumes, job search plans, interview skills and echo the bottom line: appreciation for the veterans’ service to country. Serving Washington state greater Puget Sound area since 2010 Boots to Shoes Foundation seeks to honor the veteran’s service to their country by helping close the unemployment gap currently experienced by post 9/11 veterans.
Men and women defend our nation through a rigor, discipline and language that may seem foreign to the nation they defend. That’s where we come in. Boots to Shoes understands the military/private sector divide and the bridge by which our warriors cross it.
After 9 years and helping thousands of veterans through interview and networking workshops, training 250 mentors, and awarding over 500 mentorships, Boots to Shoes found an opportunity to merge its program with a larger, national organization: Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Regions Veterans and Military Services.
Goodwill’s Veterans services are nationally recognized for providing effective case management and job placement services for transitioning military veterans, their spouses and families. Their program is funded by a national grant administered through Goodwill Industries International and by other support, including, corporation, private foundations, and Goodwill’s thrift social enterprise. Goodwill Veteran’s services believes that Boots to Shoes is a good fit, adding a needed mentoring component.
Before the end of 2019, Goodwill Veteran’s services would become the new administer of the BTS program, maintaining the name Boots to Shoes, its mission, procedures and educational workshops. BTS donations will continue to be limited to BTS operations and services. An exciting merger of services for the BTS post 9/11 military veterans!