The Road Home’s mission is to help individuals step out of homelessness and back into our community. A key component of empowerment is obtaining employment and a steady income. The Road Home has partnered with government and community agencies who specialize in job skills, job search, and job readiness. These partners include Department of Workforce Services (DWS), Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Advantage Services and Easter Seals Senior Community Service Employment Program. Each partner helps to provide our job seekers with the individualized tools they need to be successful.
DWS has onsite support at our Downtown Shelter, Community Winter Shelter in Midvale, the Weigand Center, and Palmer Court. They provide employment counselors and eligibility workers onsite to help meet their objective of “providing accessible employment related and support services responsive to the needs of employers, job seekers, and the community.” DWS is able to determine eligibility for programs such as Medicaid, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and financial assistance. DWS also provides employment counselors to help navigate finding a job that will fit their situation and skills. This onsite and individualized help is crucial to each person becoming successfully employed.
The DWS team also provides weekly workshops to help educate individuals about the ins-and-outs of applications, creating a job profile and how to use it to search and apply for jobs, navigation through the job searching process, and more. These workshops are priceless when it comes to helping an individual on the road back to self-reliance.
Some individuals need additional services to help them along their path to employment. The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation provides eligible individuals some deeper employment counseling and planning, including job readiness and how to make wise financial decisions once they re-enter the workforce. Easter Seals Senior Community Service Employment Program gives assistance to older individuals who are looking for jobs to fit where they are in life. Advantage Services help those struggling with disabilities to enter successfully into the workforce, in a job that empowers them to be successful.
Each of these partnerships is vital in helping individuals truly step back into our community. Individuals staying in our shelters and housing programs are able to find success in working in our community, and are supported by our case managers as well as these talented employment counselors. The Road Home is committed to helping connect individuals with the appropriate employment supports. This is truly a strong community collaboration.