Jewish Family Services: Grant benefits employment, training

The Greenwich Department of Social Services’ (GDSS) Community Partnership Program recently awarded $5,000 to Jewish Family Services for workforce development services.

Like a similar grant from the United Way of Western CT for Stamford residents, these new funds establish the Employment Readiness Education Center/Greenwich (EREC/G) and will enable Jewish Family Services to enhance its existing employment and training services for those living in Greenwich.

EREC/G serves as a catalyst to facilitate re-entry or advancement in the workforce. It is designed to empower limited income, per federal Housing and Urban Development guidelines, people 45-years-old with the skills and resources needed to search for and find work. Each person in the program is assessed and evaluated in regards to interests, competencies and employability. After that an action plan, with realistic expectations, is developed and updated, as necessary.

Services vary, depending on individual needs, motivation and available resources. They include, but are not limited to: Basic job readiness/job search skills training such as resumes, job interviews, researching firms, job development, networking and social media, specific job skills training, internally and externally for computer, home companion and customer service, support services for housing, medical, counseling, nutrition, growing awareness of how to access available resources and get direct referrals to them and referrals to prospective employers.

Basic life skills training such as proper attire, etiquette, nutrition and medical issues are also integrated when appropriate. The grant is part of the ongoing program where the town’s Department of Social Services works with outside groups and agencies. According to a town press release, in recognizing that the municipal social services department cannot provide a complete range of the essential services that its clients require in meeting their basic needs, the department reaches out and partners with an agency network to strengthen the community capacity to offer the requisite assistance. Alan Barry, commissioner of the Greenwich Department of Social Services said it serves as a “bridge to the resources of the community.”

Jewish Family Services said the funding allows it to provide more intensive quality service to those who might otherwise, “fall through the cracks.”

For more information, call 203-921-4161 or e-mail [email protected]

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