People must have steady employment and decent wages to move out of poverty. Employers need skilled, consistent employees. Self-Sufficiency Services achieves both these goals by helping people with multiple barriers to employment find work. Partnerships with over 10 government agencies and 100 local businesses provide the following programs.
Job Search Center
The Job Search Center provides free help and tips for resume development, computer navigation, interview tips, financial guidance, and more.
Second Chance Renter Rehabilitation
Second Chance gives people with poor rental and/or credit history the tools they need to regain housing stability. The 10 week educational series is both an intervention and prevention program. In 2011, Second Chance helped 151 people. Learn more about Second Chance>
Supported Work Experience (SWEX)
SWEX participants are referred by the Department Of Health and Human Services SSP Division to gain work experience. To qualify, participants must currently be receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and involved in the JOBS program. Clients are placed at various St. Vincent de Paul worksites between six and twenty four hours per week. The services and components are structured to support effective and efficient progress to employment and self-sufficiency. In 2011, SWEX helped 384 people.
Veterans in Progress (VIP)
A new program serving homeless veterans through employment and training. Clients receive situational assessment, paid work experience, job search assistance and placement, case management, individual career planning and certifications. In 2011, VIP helped 167 people.
The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides skills assessment, training, job placement, and follow-up for adults with multiple barriers to employment. Learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation>
Oakridge Business Incubator
St. Vincent de Paul’s Oakridge Business Incubator provides an inexpensive home for small businesses, particularly those run by low-income people, during their start-up phase. These services are only available in Oakridge.