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ESC Annual Report 2018

ECONOMIC & FAMILY

ECONOMIC & FAMILY SOLUTIONS Promoting a Life of Quality and Wellness for our Neighbors Many homeless people lack life skills or soft skills. What are soft skills: self-confidence, self-awareness and the ability to structure a day. Most people who have a support network of friends, family and work take these skills for granted. But without them, sustaining employment would be difficult. Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area (ESC) believes these are skills that we need to Our neighbors living in our communities deserve quality jobs which provide economic stability. Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area (ESC) is doing its part to increase soft skills of our workforce through a variety of job training and education opportunities based upon an individual’s needs. In addition, help the most vulnerable in our community access: • help job seekers and the employer negotiate employment • customize the job placement to meet both participant and employer needs • offer person-centered services • help participants take the lead in their employment placements • foster exploration and discovery of employment options some of the most vulnerable need other types of resources to assist those unable to work due to being a senior, children or persons with a disability to promote quality of life and universal wellness. Our agency can navigate our neighbors through a mix of available community and agency resources. Working Smarter to End Homelessness Where We Live • provide a range of supportive services that includes benefits and counseling • seek customized opportunities with potential for advancement CHANCE has partners that are extremely helpful and for whom we owe a debt of gratitude for helping CHANCE impact our community. These partners include: Ozark Center, Veteran’s Administration, Joplin Job Center, OF THE 60 CHANCE GRADUATES IN 2017 • 68% obtained full time employment. • 97% obtained full-time employment and maintained it for 90 days. • 45% of the CHANCE graduates obtained permanent housing. 24

ECONOMIC & FAMILY SOLUTIONS Workforce Investment staff, Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation and Compass Quest. Many low income people have barriers to finding work. When a person is homeless those barriers can be even greater. Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area’s (ESC) Comprehensive Homeless Assistance for New Career Employment (CHANCE) program offers a comprehensive approach to helping homeless individuals overcome some of these barriers and obtain full time employment and permanent housing. This program has three The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Housing Choice Voucher’s (HCV), Family Self Sufficiency (FSS), Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area and Jasper County Public Housing phases; the first phase is an 80-hour life skills employment workshop that covers all aspects of how to look for a job to obtaining work. Some of the skills that are learned include filling out paper and on-line job applications correctly, building skills for a resume and mock interviewing. The CHANCE program’s case manager is also a job developer and housing specialist, who work with several employers, landlord and resource providers and/or individuals in the community who are guest speakers who work with the class covering areas such as success in the workplace, mental Is It Time For A New Beginning? Agency all work together to give working families who are currently receiving HCV rental assistance an additional boost to reduce their dependence on outside resources to make ends meet. Those enrolled health awareness and how to access community resources. in the program work with FSS staff to set achievable goals toward their family’s self-sufficiency. For some, those goals may be employment related and for others it may be educational or housing. It may even be all three of these and something else uniquely identified by the family’s circumstances. Whatever goals are developed, FSS staff stays in touch with periodic followup meetings to encourage and support the family to meet their targeted goals. In addition, the Family Self- Sufficiency program would not be successful without its community business partners: U.S. Bank, Crowder College’s TRIO Opportunity, Workforce Investment Board, Consumer Credit Counseling and Head Start to name a few. They assist the families with improving their credit scores, setting and keeping a budget, improving employment skills and increasing education. 25

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