Johnson City

New business creates jobs for veterans

Funding offered in Facebook contest

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Second Harvest Food Bank and Good Samaritan Ministries finished second in the nationwide contest from Wal-Mart a couple of months ago.

Now Good Samaritan is using part of their prize money on a new business venture. "We want to provide self sufficient way to make money," said Jerry Tunnel of Good Samaritan Ministries.

Good Samaritan Ministries has received more than $60,000 from Wal-Mart, who sponsored the Facebook voting contest earlier this year.

Part of that money is now going to open a car detailing business in north Johnson City.

The business is designed to employ veterans. "It's not just helping veterans go to work. Not just training to write a resume, but also establish employment opportunities for them," said Sarah Wells.

Clayton Turkett served in the Navy during the 1970s. Since coming home he's struggled to find a long term job.

The program targets veterans like him. "Jobs are hard to find anywhere, especially for us older veterans," says Turkett.

Good Samaritan Ministries hope to expand beyond car detailing they would like to expand to a small engine repair shop and a gift store.

All of the workers will be trained and certified. The hope is the program will give veterans a place to work while looking for a permanent job.

They hope to have the business open in a little over a month.

Good Samaritan announced Tuesday they are part of another online Facebook contest. This contest is sponsored by Chase Credit Cards and the top place finisher takes home $250,000.

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