Job Readiness & Stability Program
Mobility requires stability.
Better Tomorrows works to help residents develop new capabilities and move towards economic self-sufficiency by facilitating training opportunities to enhance residents’ job readiness, technical and employment skills. Through job search and application completion, resume –building, interview and employment skills, and computer literacy training, residents receive assistance from Better Tomorrows staff and community partners that prepare economically vulnerable workers enter, re-enter or improve their position in the workforce with the tools necessary to acquire and maintain employment. For seniors no longer in the workforce, there is a special focus on continuing education and opportunities for volunteerism.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation lays out the case for the need for programs that increase work, educational and job training opportunities leading to stable careers for youth and adults.
Millions of Americans struggle to find jobs or are stuck in low-wage positions with little chance for advancement. Too many adults and youth lack the skills or training they need to get jobs that pay a family-supporting income.
- About one-third of children live in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment, limiting their access to health care and other resources critical to their healthy development.
- Family income, assets and educational attainment have a direct impact on child development.
- During the economic recovery, the fastest growth has been in lower-paying jobs in such areas as retail sales and food preparation, resulting in greater inequality.
- Millions of workers don’t get paid sick leave and are unable to care for their kids without putting their jobs and financial stability in jeopardy.
- Many families face challenges in navigating the complex landscape of programs and resources to help supplement their income and build financial security.
- Almost 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor working, lacking the skills and education that well-paying jobs require.
Ms. Pitts resides at Bethel Villa Apartments. She is a single mother of four children ages 14, 8, 6, and 4. Ms. Pitts was unemployed and would often voice that she was “bored at home doing nothing.” She decided that she would volunteer with Better Tomorrows’ in 2018. She engaged and assisted with all programming 5 days a week. Ms. Pitts learned about and completed a course at Del Tech, receiving a Paraprofessional Certificate. Now, she is not only employed at a Small Wonder Daycare Center where she works with toddlers in the day time, she is also employed as a receptionist at Kutz Nursing Home in the evening hours. Ms. Pitts recently reported that her credit has improved and that she was considering purchasing a house for her family.