Weekly Roundup of the news on women and supportive services in job training programs.

By Asha DuMonthier

Job training can provide an entry into family-sustaining jobs and careers. Many women in job training programs, however, face obstacles to success. Wraparound services—such as child care assistance, access to public benefits, and transportation or housing assistance—can help adults, particularly those with caregiving responsibilities, to complete programs that will ultimately improve their economic standing.

May 31, 2016

Tuscon.com: Local chefs to cook up philanthropic feasts for Primavera

The foundation’s workforce development program, Primavera Works, provides job readiness training and job placement assistance. Salazar said it also offers a temporary staffing agency that serves as an alternative to predatory day labor practices by paying above-minimum wages in data entry and receptionist work, construction, custodial work, landscaping and manual labor positions.

Another program provides job training for veterans; Project Action for Veterans also offers wrap-around services and housing support for veterans and their families.

May 30, 2016

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Interfaith groups helps Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz

The Homeless Garden Project’s 3-acre organic farm near Shaffer and Delaware operates a community support agriculture program and other programs. Its leaders provide job training, short-term employment and support services to people who are homeless.

May 27, 2016

Lincoln Times-News: I-Care makes a difference through mentoring

Through job training, tutoring, education and a variety of support services, I-Care Inc. has been making a difference in the lives of people for more than 50 years.

[…] “Our focus is to utilize grant funding which is funded through Centralina Workforce Development Board for workforce development,” family support services director Shelton Moore said. “Skills training is the major focus and we complement that with work-based learning. The goal is to help people learn the skills they need that lead to sustained full-time employment.”

[…] “Transportation is one of the big ones. Many don’t have a vehicle and public transportation doesn’t even begin to touch the need. Many young people have a baby and that is a tremendous challenge. Many of them in the situation of trying to better themselves while raising a child are living on someone’s couch.”

May 26, 2016

Boston Globe: Multipronged approach is the only way to address homelessness

The administration’s plan to finance development of affordable housing and preserve existing affordable units couldn’t come at a better time, as Boston now has the fourth-highest number of people in homeless families of all cities in the United States.

The governor’s multifaceted approach demonstrates that this crisis must be addressed on several fronts In order to achieve real success and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. A safe place to live is the foundation, but customized support services, including job training, education, health care, and child care, are also essential.

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