During 2014, the Homeless Management Information System Income Report indicated that only 16.81% of adult guests receiving emergency shelter services at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission were employed at exit from the mission. For those with limited skills or work experience, jobs that pay a living wage are limited. Members of the homeless population also have to combat such barriers as limited transportation and reduced access to education/training.
In effort to dramatically improve this unfavorable statistic, case managers from Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Saginaw and City Rescue Mission developed a program to prepare the homeless for the Great Lakes Bay job market.
Rescue Mission managers then met with representatives from Michigan Works, Education Training Connection (ETC), Trillium Staffing, Successful Corporation, Department of Human Services, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation to assess the employment needs of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Volunteers from Accenture helped to create life skills classes including: nutrition, household management, time management, and financial management.
This collaborative effort resulted in The Moving Forward Employment Readiness Program. Though there are other programs providing employment assistance, such programs do not address the entire spectrum involved.
Identifying Specific Needs
Each adult receiving emergency shelter at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission meets with a case manager to undergo a needs assessment. Most often education, vocational training, and employment placement are the greatest needs identified. The case manager then guides the guest toward enrollment in the best suited Certificate Training program or employment opportunity.
Three Levels of the Program
- Level One: Practical living skills and employment readiness training (communication skills, job interviewing, and resume building). These classes are taught by Rescue Mission staff and community volunteers. If the participant does not have a high school diploma, they complete classes to obtain their GED.
- Level Two: Vocational training or job placement. Each participant meets with a Job Coach for further assessment. Based on the results, the individual may be referred to ETC for vocational training or for employment placement with either Trillium Staffing or Successful Corporation.
- Level Three: Assisted transitional living. Once an individual obtains employment, they may move into assisted transitional living. Support services include case management and counseling, money management, food, and transportation. Participants may stay up to 18 months. This affords them opportunity to save funds for housing and transportation.
The ability to maintain a budget and long term housing.
As a result of the Moving Forward Program,
- Homeless guests will learn practical living skills of nutrition, household management, and financial management. Guests will be prepared for independent living.
- Homeless guests will learn communication skills, how to build a resume, and how to interview for a job. These skills will then be put to use as guests are introduced to employment opportunities coordinated through the program.
- Homeless guests that lack skills will learn advanced employment skills development including but not limited to building maintenance, landscaping, office professional, food service, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Guests will become marketable in the Great Lakes Bay Region job market.
The strength of the Moving Forward Employment Readiness Program is our partnerships within our community.
- Education and Training Connect (ETC) provides GED preparation and high school completion classes. They also assist participants with vocational training.
- Trillium Staffing and B.E.A.M. Industries both assist participants with job placement.
Director of Operations, Craig Laszlo
Email | Phone: 989.893.5973 ext 218