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6.2: Building Employment Capacity for Homeless Families

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6.2: Building Employment Capacity for Homeless Families

Presentation by Marianne Pelletier.

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6.2: Building Employment Capacity for Homeless Families

  1. 1. It Takes a Village<br />Strategies to assist families move toward economic self-sufficiency<br />Marianne Pelletier, Director of Workforce Development<br />Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office<br />100 Cambridge Street, Suite 1310<br />Boston, MA 02114<br />617-542-2911<br />
  2. 2. Brief History of MA Community College’s Work with Disadvantaged Populations<br />Department of Transitional Assistance Grant – 15th year<br />Pilot Program for residents of shelters 2008<br />COMPASS Community College Collaborative 2008<br />Heading Home, Inc. 2009<br />Dept. of Housing & Community Development 2009<br />
  3. 3. Outline of CCCC<br />Individualized<br />Incentives<br />Structured<br />Participant - active <br />Staff – supportive & positive, not judgmental or negative<br />Ultimate goal – economic self sufficiency<br />Time line - unique<br />
  4. 4. Issues/Barriers to Employment & How We Address These<br />Lack of education<br />Lack of training<br />Lack of role models<br />Childcare<br />Transportation<br />Health<br />Problem Solving<br />
  5. 5. Readying for Employment<br />Trainings – site differences<br />Job Readiness – interviewing, appropriate dress, resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, job search etc.<br />Internships/Mentoring<br />Follow-up<br />
  6. 6. Partnerships<br />Community Outreach<br />Funders<br />Strategy to Create Partnerships<br />Staff<br />Bartering<br />Sustaining these relationships<br />
  7. 7. What have we learned?<br />Success rate: over 70% long term employment<br />Follow-up/case management necessary<br />Encourage – don’t enable<br />Differences within our State: regions, common issues, ways of addressing differences<br />Replication <br />

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