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Volunteers of America Texas Abstract

Published: June 1, 2020
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grantee Abstracts

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Volunteers of America Texas

VOATX Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) 

Location: Houston, TX


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $1,122,976

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: City of Houston and Harris County in Texas

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients, low-income individuals, veterans, Latinos, refugees, immigrants, homeless individuals, and substance abuse treatment participants


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,125

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 675

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 1,000

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 950

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 925

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 750

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 625


VOATX provides opportunities for TANF recipients and other low-income persons in Houston and Conroe, Texas, to obtain education, vocational training, and living wage employment in high-demand positions in the healthcare industry. Participants in the training program receive supportive services (e.g., case management, financial literacy education, income support, mentoring, workplace readiness, mental and behavioral health referrals, housing, transportation assistance, childcare, legal services) to assist in overcoming barriers to sustainable employment. The HPOG program uses a career pathways model, and participants engage in a series of evidence-based educational and training programs. The program builds community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems that leverage public and private resources to improve the career-related services currently available to TANF beneficiaries. 

Occupational training includes: Certified Nursing Assistant, Community Health Worker, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, Surgical Technologist/Technician, Radiology Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant/Technician, Home Health Aide, Medical Insurance Coder/Biller, Medical Records and Health Information Technician, and Patient Care Technician. 

VOATX works with 19 Workforce Solutions offices across Houston. Solid referrals have been established with career coaches at agencies such as United Way, Goodwill Industries, and Baker Ripley. Through an ongoing partnership with the Workforce Solutions–Gulf Coast Workforce Board, HPOG participants are connected to abundant career readiness and employment resources. VOATX has continued work on employer-led training programs with Lone Star College, CHI St. Luke’s Hospital System, and Memorial Hermann Hospital System. Its first employer pilot with Texas Children’s Hospital was completed. VOATX is working with the Office of Apprenticeship and Houston Community College for Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeships at CVS Pharmacy. 

Last Reviewed: June 1, 2020