Secure Jobs. Secure Homes. Secure Families

Employment Support Services

Way Finders provides Employment Support services to eligible individuals living in Hampden and Hampshire counties. Our programs provide support, address barriers to employment, and include one-on-one career counseling, resume and cover letter writing, job search support, interview training, a Job Readiness Certificate program, and much more. 

We understand that obstacles to employment can come in many forms. In the past, Way Finders has offered Employment Support Services participants support and/or financial assistance to address the following:

•    Lack of childcare
•    Access to mental health services
•    CORI sealing 
•    Substance abuse issues
•    Transportation (car repairs, uber, taxies, bus passes)
•    Language barriers (ESL classes)
•    Education (GED/HiSET and Certifications)
•    Occupational skills and training
•    State licensing exams
•    Need for uniforms
•    Interview preparedness
•    And more…

Attend an Employment Support Public Information Session Webinar

Meet with our Employment Support Specialists to learn more and ask questions about the services we provide. These sessions are designed to provide and answer questions about what our employment services have to offer. Our public webinars are a great entrypoint for prospective participants and provider agencies. 

Contact us for more information
 

Our Employment Support Programs

The Secure Jobs Initiative

Are you currently living in transitional housing? Are you ready, willing and able to work? You'll need a referral from your housing case manager who will assess both your needs and your skills. Starting there, you'll have a chance to build up you job skills and get ready to find a job, including learning how to interview. Once you get a job, your Way Finders' Employment Specialist will help you make sure you have the things you'll need to keep your job: assistance with childcare, transportation to and from work, more training and certifications. Here's your opportunity to build a strong future thanks to your hard work.

To be eligible for the Secure Jobs Initiative

  1. You must be receiving assistance from ONE of the following programs: Emergency Assistance (EA), HomeBASE, or Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT).
  2. You must live in Hampden or Hampshire County

Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES)

Offering all the services and support of the Secure Jobs Initiative with the exception of 6 months of job retention services vs. 2 years. CIES is a program for families and individuals who are receiving TAFDC, also known as Cash Assistance through the Department of Transitional Assistance(DTA). Referrals to the program need to be made by a DTA Case Manager or DTA Full Engagement Worker.

To be eligible for CIES

  1. You must be receiving assistance TAFDC, Cash Assistance from the DTA. 
  2. You must live in Hampden or Hampshire County

SNAP Employment & Training

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program that provides financial assistance so that families can buy nutritious food each month. SNAP Path to Work provides job readiness trainging, job development skills, and job retention support. If you qualify for SNAP benefits, you are automatically eligible for this employment support program. 

Through SNAP Outreach, Way Finders helps you determine whether you're eligible to apply for SNAP programs and then helps you apply for and access these important benefits. You can depend on us to provide one-on-one assistance throughout the process. 

To be eligible for SNAP Employment & Training

  1. You must ONLY be receiving assistance in the form of SNAP benefits
  2. You must live in Hampden or Hampshire County

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If you do not qualify for our programs, we can refer you to one of our community parternships with One-Stop Career Center. There you will receive free access to job counseling, skills building workshops, and opportunities to interview with local employers. 

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