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New pathways to success

  1. 1. 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.”
  2. 2. W ELFARE TO W ORK <ul><li>Our Purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>To help you find a new or better job </li></ul><ul><li>To help you learn how to keep your job </li></ul><ul><li>To help you become </li></ul><ul><li>self-sufficient and no </li></ul><ul><li>longer need welfare </li></ul><ul><li>To help you find a </li></ul><ul><li>better way of life </li></ul>YOUR GUIDEBOOK: Explains what you can expect from the program
  3. 3. Cash Aid = Poverty Every Month <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>The 2009 poverty level is $1526.00 per month. </li></ul><ul><li>The maximum cash grant for a family of 3 is </li></ul><ul><li>$661.00 </li></ul><ul><li>The grant is less than half of the poverty level for this family! </li></ul>Welfare is not meant to meet your needs. It is temporary assistance. $ 1526.00 $ 661.00
  4. 4. Did you know?... <ul><li>Your time on cash aid is limited </li></ul><ul><li>You can get cash </li></ul><ul><li>assistance for only </li></ul><ul><li>60 months in your lifetime </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>EMPLOYMENT! </li></ul>The Way out for your family is through :
  6. 6. Even minimum wage is better than the grant alone! <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a full time job, you’ll earn about </li></ul><ul><li>$1385.00 per month ($8.00 state min. wage as of 2010 x 40 x 4.33 = $1385.00) </li></ul><ul><li>You may be eligible for a tax credit of up to </li></ul><ul><li>$5,657.00 </li></ul>What would you do with all that extra money?
  7. 7. Work Pays!!! <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>If you earn $500.00 dollars in a month, your cash aid grant would only be reduced by </li></ul><ul><li>$137.00 dollars. </li></ul>The more you make, the more you will keep!!!
  8. 8. You will need to make progress toward your job goal. <ul><li>We will ask that you give us proof that you are making satisfactory progress: </li></ul>Such as: Pay stubs, report cards or other documents requested by your Employment & Training Worker (ETW).
  9. 9. ARE YOU MOTIVATED ? Find work at one of our <ul><li>Staff is always on duty to assist you: </li></ul><ul><li>See current job listings </li></ul><ul><li>Access internet job listings </li></ul><ul><li>Write a resume </li></ul><ul><li>Put your resume online </li></ul><ul><li>Fax resumes to employers </li></ul><ul><li>Do career research </li></ul>JOB CENTERS
  10. 10. There are CHOICES and OPPORTUNITIES in Welfare to Work You CAN choose your own destiny. <ul><li>You can use this program and reap all of its benefits. </li></ul>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.
  11. 11. Do you have to participate ? <ul><li>If you choose to receive cash aid then you are a mandatory participant unless you are exempt. </li></ul>P A R T I C I P A T E
  12. 12. As a mandatory participant you MUST: <ul><li>Keep appointments made with your Employment and Training Worker </li></ul><ul><li>Sign a Welfare to Work plan </li></ul><ul><li>which meets your needs </li></ul><ul><li>Meet the Welfare to Work </li></ul><ul><li>requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Not quit your job or reduce your earnings </li></ul><ul><li>Provide proof of satisfactory </li></ul><ul><li>progress in your assigned </li></ul><ul><li>activity </li></ul>
  13. 13. EXEMPTIONS <ul><li>Are under 16 or over 60 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>Are 16-18 and attend high school full time (unless you are a custodial parent) </li></ul><ul><li>Have a disability that keeps you from working </li></ul><ul><li>Are pregnant and the doctor says you can’t work </li></ul><ul><li>Must stay home to care for a disabled person </li></ul><ul><li>Are the parent or caretaker relative of a child 11 months of age or younger </li></ul><ul><li>Are a teen parent and required to participate in Cal-Learn </li></ul><ul><li>NEW TEMPORARY EXEMPTIONS UNTIL JUNE 2011: </li></ul><ul><li>Are a parent with one child between 12 and 23 months of age or 2 children under the age of 6 </li></ul>YOU MUST VERIFY YOUR EXEMPT STATUS!
  14. 14. At your Appraisal Interview you will: <ul><li>Meet with your Employment and Training Worker </li></ul><ul><li>Answer individual questions </li></ul><ul><li>and address your concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss program options </li></ul><ul><li>and employment goals </li></ul><ul><li>Identify barriers to employment </li></ul><ul><li>such as lack of childcare, </li></ul><ul><li>transportation or possible </li></ul><ul><li>learning disabilities </li></ul>
  15. 15. Learning Disabilities: <ul><li>At your Appraisal appointment you will be offered a learning disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>screening </li></ul><ul><li>You will be offered the option </li></ul><ul><li>of further evaluation if appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>If a disability is confirmed, you </li></ul><ul><li>may request reasonable </li></ul><ul><li>accommodations </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodations will focus on </li></ul><ul><li>providing opportunities for success </li></ul><ul><li>in employment and training </li></ul><ul><li>settings </li></ul>
  16. 16. What’s Next? S teps T oward E arnings P otential and S uccess (STEPS) Workshop <ul><li>Troubleshoot your application </li></ul><ul><li>and resume </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>your best for interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Practice answering interview questions </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on potential employers </li></ul><ul><li>Find the hidden job market </li></ul>
  17. 17. If you go to Assessment… <ul><li>Your employment goal </li></ul><ul><li>Activities needed to achieve your goal </li></ul><ul><li>Services you need to be successful </li></ul>A vocational counselor and your ETW will work with you to develop a Welfare to Work Plan including:
  18. 18. How many hours of participation are required? <ul><li>One parent family: </li></ul><ul><li>A minimum of </li></ul><ul><li>hours per week </li></ul><ul><li>Two parent family: </li></ul><ul><li>A minimum of </li></ul><ul><li>hours per week for you and/or the other parent </li></ul>
  19. 19. Your Welfare to Work Plan <ul><li>Explains: </li></ul><ul><li>How we will work together </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive services </li></ul><ul><li>Your rights and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Your assigned activity </li></ul>
  20. 20. Will you have to participate in more than one activity at a time? <ul><li>Remember the minimum number of hours required? </li></ul>This means that you MAY have to participate in more than one activity at a time.
  21. 21. Are you already in school? <ul><li>To use your SIP as participation hours: </li></ul><ul><li>You must be enrolled in the program prior to this orientation </li></ul><ul><li>The program must lead to a degree or certificate </li></ul><ul><li>The program must lead to a job in the local labor market </li></ul><ul><li>You must meet the 32 or 35 hour per week participation requirement </li></ul>You may be eligible to have your school hours count toward your WTW participation hours. We call that the SELF- INITIATED PROGRAM (SIP)
  22. 22. Supportive Services <ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Child care </li></ul><ul><li>Books and fees for approved classes </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing </li></ul>
  23. 23. Transportation <ul><li>If you can use your car or the bus we may pay for it! </li></ul>
  24. 24. How can we help you <ul><li>Mileage reimbursement </li></ul><ul><li>Bus tickets or passes </li></ul><ul><li>IF YOU ARE EMPLOYED: </li></ul>? <ul><li>Car repair, towing and diagnostics </li></ul><ul><li>Car registration </li></ul><ul><li>Car insurance </li></ul><ul><li>A bicycle </li></ul>
  25. 25. What about my children? Who’s going to take care of them? <ul><li>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. </li></ul>If you don’t know how to find a provider, we can help you.
  26. 26. A fter you go to <ul><li>You may be eligible to continue to receive cash aid while you work. </li></ul>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.
  27. 27. When Cash Aid Stops… <ul><li>Child care can continue </li></ul><ul><li>Medi-Cal can continue </li></ul><ul><li>Food Stamps will continue with a few exceptions </li></ul>
  28. 28. Sounds good, but what if I don’t participate? <ul><li>If I don’t sign my Welfare to Work Plan </li></ul><ul><li>If I don’t take part in an assigned activity </li></ul><ul><li>If I refuse a job offer </li></ul><ul><li>or referral </li></ul><ul><li>If I quit a job </li></ul><ul><li>If I voluntarily lower </li></ul><ul><li>my earnings? </li></ul>
  29. 29. COMPLIANCE PROCESS <ul><li>Cause determination: </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t meet the requirements, </li></ul><ul><li>we will send you a notice. Then you have 20 calendar days to call or </li></ul><ul><li>come in and explain why </li></ul><ul><li>(remember the “exemptions”) </li></ul><ul><li>and to sign or agree to a </li></ul><ul><li>new plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance plan: </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to agree to activities that meet the requirements. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Good reasons for not participating: <ul><li>We can’t pay the expenses you need to participate </li></ul><ul><li>You are the victim of domestic violence and participating would be harmful to you or your family </li></ul><ul><li>Child care isn’t reasonably available for your child age 13 or younger, your child on SSI, or for your foster child </li></ul>
  31. 31. More good reasons… <ul><li>Discrimination at the job </li></ul><ul><li>Travel time to work or training is longer than 2 hours round trip </li></ul><ul><li>The job requires more hours than is normal or customary </li></ul><ul><li>Working conditions violate health and safety standards </li></ul><ul><li>The job doesn’t provide Workers Compensation Insurance </li></ul>
  32. 32. Financial Sanctions For Mandatory Participants <ul><li>Your family’s cash aid will be lowered if you fail or refuse to meet the requirements without a good reason </li></ul><ul><li>and you don’t sign or complete </li></ul><ul><li>a new Compliance Plan. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Who gets the sanction? <ul><li>If you are a single parent, you will be the only one who doesn’t receive a grant. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  34. 34. H ow long does this last? <ul><li>Until you comply with the regulations…. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you go off cash aid!!! </li></ul>
  35. 35. How do I solve problems if I disagree with or feel my program isn’t working for me? <ul><li>Call your Employment and Training Worker </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t reach agreement, call the Supervisor </li></ul><ul><li>If you’ve done all that and you still can’t resolve the problem, you can file for a State Hearing </li></ul>
  36. 36. Shasta FACES F amily A ssistance through C ontracted <ul><li>Ask your Employment & Training Worker at your Appraisal Interview for information about this program. </li></ul>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
  37. 37. “ 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.
  38. 38. <ul><li>Our goal is to provide support for your </li></ul><ul><li>PATHWAY TO SUCCESS! </li></ul>
  39. 39. Prepared for Shasta County Welfare to Work Program Powerpoint presentation by Ron Shippers and Jacklyn Green 01/2010