Full-Time Employment Preparation
Our program has an outline of curriculum activities with a maximum value that can be associated with each item per week. The program requirement is to have each client meet a total of 40 hours minimum per week of combined program curriculum activities and work. Clients who are working 40+ hours a week at a job are required to meet a minimum of 10 hours a week of items directly from the program. Our clients, with the guidance and support of their mentors, will be responsible for scheduling and completing their individualized program requirements.
Our Intended Outcome
Our program is designed to help each client successfully transition into becoming self-reliant, contributing members of the community through the implementation of an individualized program of life skills, education, and work experience targeted to meet their specific needs and goals.
The benefits from our program are based on each individual’s needs, but our intention for all our clients is to improve the likelihood of independence and self-sustainability by increasing employment, income, formal & informal education, and savings, and by decreasing debt.
To date, some of the benefits our clients have achieved by participating in our program have included: paying off debt, getting rid of unnecessary debt by purging and organizing belongings, attaining employment, improving salary, improving credit score, improving transportation by repairing personal car or getting a car, paying for and attending required classes to clear driving record, learning new parenting skills by attending parenting classes, learning how to budget money, saving money, and becoming stably housed.
All our clients are provided the opportunity to attain knowledge and improve their lives, but ultimately each client has free will, so it is up to them to accept, use, and/or apply what we have taught them.
Doing Life With Our Clients
Even before we accept a client, we have an idea of their long-term goals—goals that, when achieved, will lead to independence and long-term self-sustainability. When a client first comes in, we get to know them, and then together, we determine the goals that need to be achieved by the end of their six-month program with us. We then meet and work with each client every week to develop weekly goals. The Client Administrator (CA) focuses on the attainment of these goals with the client.
Every week the previous goals are reviewed and progress is documented, and then new goals are established for the next week. The CA helps to put volunteers in place, if necessary, to help the client achieve their goals. The CA collaborates with the Mentor every week to discuss progress, needs, and strategies to help the client succeed. The Mentor meets with the client every week to “do life” together; he or she is the client’s guide, cheerleader, encourager, supporter—friend. The Mentor can maintain the friendship and support, even if and when the CA has to be critical and/or deliver the negative consequences of not following our program guidelines. To be honest, we didn’t start off this way; our mentor used to set and review the weekly goals, but after a strong-willed client, we realized that a separate person needed to be in charge of the goals instead of the client’s “friend”. Two clients later—this method is proving to work.