Pathways To Success It’s more than just getting a job, getting a paycheck or getting off Welfare…. It’s about changing your life! Shasta County Department of Social Services Eligibility and Employment Services Our Mission Statement: “ Working together to provide options and opportunities to individuals and families in need.”
W ELFARE TO W ORK
To help you find a new or better job
To help you learn how to keep your job
To help you become
self-sufficient and no
longer need welfare
To help you find a
better way of life
YOUR GUIDEBOOK: Explains what you can expect from the program
Cash Aid = Poverty Every Month
The 2009 poverty level is $1526.00 per month.
The maximum cash grant for a family of 3 is
The grant is less than half of the poverty level for this family!
Welfare is not meant to meet your needs. It is temporary assistance. $ 1526.00 $ 661.00
Did you know?...
Your time on cash aid is limited
You can get cash
assistance for only
60 months in your lifetime
The Way out for your family is through :
Even minimum wage is better than the grant alone!
If you have a full time job, you’ll earn about
$1385.00 per month ($8.00 state min. wage as of 2010 x 40 x 4.33 = $1385.00)
You may be eligible for a tax credit of up to
What would you do with all that extra money?
If you earn $500.00 dollars in a month, your cash aid grant would only be reduced by
The more you make, the more you will keep!!!
You will need to make progress toward your job goal.
We will ask that you give us proof that you are making satisfactory progress:
Such as: Pay stubs, report cards or other documents requested by your Employment & Training Worker (ETW).
ARE YOU MOTIVATED ? Find work at one of our
Staff is always on duty to assist you:
See current job listings
Access internet job listings
Write a resume
Put your resume online
Fax resumes to employers
Do career research
There are CHOICES and OPPORTUNITIES in Welfare to Work You CAN choose your own destiny.
You can use this program and reap all of its benefits.
Start your journey to a new career to provide a better way of life for you and your family. Find a job, or get a better job.
Do you have to participate ?
If you choose to receive cash aid then you are a mandatory participant unless you are exempt.
P A R T I C I P A T E
As a mandatory participant you MUST:
Keep appointments made with your Employment and Training Worker
Sign a Welfare to Work plan
which meets your needs
Meet the Welfare to Work
Not quit your job or reduce your earnings
Provide proof of satisfactory
progress in your assigned
Are under 16 or over 60 years of age
Are 16-18 and attend high school full time (unless you are a custodial parent)
Have a disability that keeps you from working
Are pregnant and the doctor says you can’t work
Must stay home to care for a disabled person
Are the parent or caretaker relative of a child 11 months of age or younger
Are a teen parent and required to participate in Cal-Learn
NEW TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS UNTIL JUNE 2011:
Are a parent with one child between 12 and 23 months of age or 2 children under the age of 6
YOU MUST VERIFY YOUR EXEMPT STATUS!
At your Appraisal Interview you will:
Meet with your Employment and Training Worker
Answer individual questions
and address your concerns
Discuss program options
and employment goals
Identify barriers to employment
such as lack of childcare,
transportation or possible
At your Appraisal appointment you will be offered a learning disabilities
You will be offered the option
of further evaluation if appropriate
If a disability is confirmed, you
may request reasonable
Accommodations will focus on
providing opportunities for success
in employment and training
What’s Next? S teps T oward E arnings P otential and S uccess (STEPS) Workshop
Troubleshoot your application
Learn how to look and feel
your best for interviews
Practice answering interview questions
Focus on potential employers
Find the hidden job market
If you go to Assessment…
Your employment goal
Activities needed to achieve your goal
Services you need to be successful
A vocational counselor and your ETW will work with you to develop a Welfare to Work Plan including:
How many hours of participation are required?
One parent family:
A minimum of
hours per week
Two parent family:
A minimum of
hours per week for you and/or the other parent
Your Welfare to Work Plan
How we will work together
Your rights and responsibilities
Your assigned activity
Will you have to participate in more than one activity at a time?
Remember the minimum number of hours required?
This means that you MAY have to participate in more than one activity at a time.
Are you already in school?
To use your SIP as participation hours:
You must be enrolled in the program prior to this orientation
The program must lead to a degree or certificate
The program must lead to a job in the local labor market
You must meet the 32 or 35 hour per week participation requirement
You may be eligible to have your school hours count toward your WTW participation hours. We call that the SELF- INITIATED PROGRAM (SIP)
Books and fees for approved classes
If you can use your car or the bus we may pay for it!
How can we help you
Bus tickets or passes
IF YOU ARE EMPLOYED:
Car repair, towing and diagnostics
What about my children? Who’s going to take care of them?
If you need child care, S.C.O.E. (Shasta County Office of Education) pays for the child care provider you hire up to the regional market rate.
If you don’t know how to find a provider, we can help you.
A fter you go to
You may be eligible to continue to receive cash aid while you work.
If you go off cash aid due to income or if you choose to go off aid to save your time, you may still be eligible for other services.
When Cash Aid Stops…
Child care can continue
Medi-Cal can continue
Food Stamps will continue with a few exceptions
Sounds good, but what if I don’t participate?
If I don’t sign my Welfare to Work Plan
If I don’t take part in an assigned activity
If I refuse a job offer
If I quit a job
If I voluntarily lower
If you don’t meet the requirements,
we will send you a notice. Then you have 20 calendar days to call or
come in and explain why
(remember the “exemptions”)
and to sign or agree to a
You will need to agree to activities that meet the requirements.
Good reasons for not participating:
We can’t pay the expenses you need to participate
You are the victim of domestic violence and participating would be harmful to you or your family
Child care isn’t reasonably available for your child age 13 or younger, your child on SSI, or for your foster child
More good reasons…
Discrimination at the job
Travel time to work or training is longer than 2 hours round trip
The job requires more hours than is normal or customary
Working conditions violate health and safety standards
The job doesn’t provide Workers Compensation Insurance
Financial Sanctions For Mandatory Participants
Your family’s cash aid will be lowered if you fail or refuse to meet the requirements without a good reason
and you don’t sign or complete
a new Compliance Plan.
Who gets the sanction?
If you are a single parent, you will be the only one who doesn’t receive a grant.
If you are in a two parent household, the parent who fails to participate will be removed from the grant. The second parent must then meet the entire 35 hour requirement or else he or she will be removed from the grant as well.
H ow long does this last?
Until you comply with the regulations….
Even if you go off cash aid!!!
How do I solve problems if I disagree with or feel my program isn’t working for me?
Call your Employment and Training Worker
If you can’t reach agreement, call the Supervisor
If you’ve done all that and you still can’t resolve the problem, you can file for a State Hearing
Shasta FACES F amily A ssistance through C ontracted
Ask your Employment & Training Worker at your Appraisal Interview for information about this program.
Earn money through subsidized employment and count the hours in your WTW plan. Gain experience in the local job market and the skills that enhance future employability. A Federally subsidized employment program E mployment S ervices
“ The County of Shasta does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its buildings, facilities, programs, services or activities. The County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.” Questions, complaints or requests for additional information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act may be forwarded to the County’s ADA Coordinator: Michelle Schafter, Director of Support Services County of Shasta 1450 Court Street, Room 348 Redding, CA 96001-1676 Phone: (530) 225-5515 California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2922 Fax: (530) 225-5345 Email – [email_address] Individuals who need auxiliary aids and/or services for effective communication in the County’s programs and services are invited to make their needs and preferences known to the affected department or the ADA Coordinator. This notice is available in accessible alternate formats from the affected department or the ADA Coordinator.
Our goal is to provide support for your
PATHWAY TO SUCCESS!
Prepared for Shasta County Welfare to Work Program Powerpoint presentation by Ron Shippers and Jacklyn Green 01/2010