Head of Veterans Bridge Home talks hot job market and more

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just as vaccines make it safer for people to come together, Veterans Bridge Home plans to do that at its new Veterans Transition Center.

The organization, founded in 2011 to support veterans returning from active duty, has relocated from the Elizabeth neighborhood to the Billy Graham Parkway corridor, in space near the South Charlotte VA Clinic and nearby National Guard headquarters. With a major financial boost from Lowe’s Cos. Inc. (NYSE: LOW) and the NFL Carolina Panthers, VBH will celebrate a Memorial Day opening at 5260 Parkway Plaza Blvd.

“It is hard to believe that after what has been such a tough year, to be in such a beautiful space and have the resources come at a time when connecting and bringing people back together will be so important,” says Blake Bourne, Veterans Bridge Home executive director and a former U.S. Army captain. “We couldn’t ask for a better place and better timing.”

Bourne spoke with the Charlotte Business Journal about how the pandemic affected the organization’s mission over the past year, including the current hot job market and shifting needs. Read the full story here

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