Ready to Work Goals:
- To provide a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless individuals through paid work
- Change perception of homeless individuals in the community and with employers
- Address persistent barriers impacting the ability of homeless individuals to work and find housing
- Develop a sustainable transitional employment business model
- 16 trainees selected based on an application, intake and orientation process
- 20 hours a week paid transitional work in supplemental sanitation and landscaping or culinary arts social enterprise
- Up to 5 hours per week of support services including case management, drug-testing, life skills training, and financial management to prepare trainees for independent living
- After 6 to 9 months working, trainees will seek full-time, mainstream employment
Projected program outcomes:
- Employment – 80% of trainees who enter will obtain full-time mainstream employment after participation in Ready to Work.
- Savings – 100% of trainees will save 30% of their income, approximately $1,000 after 6 months.
- Sobriety – Trainees will remain clean and sober and set standard for other Bridge House clients.
- Identification – 100% of Ready to Work participants will have proper ID.
- Clean up work barriers – 100% will improve employability by working with case management to address barriers such as criminal background and child support.
- Create culture of work for homeless individuals ready to work.
- Increase financial support of Bridge House from community members who prioritize employment as a solution for homelessness.
Progress to date - as of Dec 2014
- Job Placement– 19 Trainees have found mainstream work
- Earned Revenue– $232,915 secured in contracts
- New industry-specific training – culinary arts
Click here for more information about our Community Table catering and our culinary arts program.
Does your company want to hire a Ready to Work graduate?
Or for more information, contact
Tim Arnold: Employment Specialist
HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED
- Say hello to the men and women of Ready to Work when you see them working hard in City parks and business districts – thank them for their work and congratulate them on accepting the opportunity to change their lives.
- Educate your friends, colleagues and neighbors about Ready to Work – encourage them to learn more about this win/win solution to help the homeless help themselves while keeping our community clean.
- If someone on the street approaches you for money and says they need a job, refer them to Ready to Work.
- Consider contracting with Ready to Work for your company’s maintenance, custodial, landscaping or catering needs.
- Consider hiring a graduate of Ready to Work as a full-time employee in your business.
If you have specific inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org