Taking the First Step
assessment, site visit and orientation
Before making a commitment to the Ready To Work (RTW) program, prospective participants will go through an assessment process with a RTW case manager and tour the RTW campus to confirm that the program is a good fit. After the first 21 days of program, participants are eligible for paid work crew experience at minimum wage and a monthly program stipend soon after.
to change & renewal – Month 1
Making a commitment to enter the Ready To Work program is a decision that has positive, lifechanging results. From the very day participants take this step – their commitment to make change begins with the opportunity to start earning a paycheck through work assignments on campus. As they adjust to the program demands, they receive a 1-on-1orientation from RTW case managers. Together, they assess needs and set goals, such as selecting a training model which includes educational curriculum and occupational training. Evening classes and courses continue throughout the program and include life skills development such as financial management, parenting, and general education. In return, participants commit to getting their lives back on track and utilize their paycheck funds to begin paying any owed child support or fees.
into the Community – Months 1-4
Reentering the community and stepping back into the workforce – especially after homelessness and incarceration – can be difficult. Working in teams to beautify the streets, sidewalks and throughfares in San Joaquin County, the “Stepping Out” level of RTW introduces off-site work as participants begin earning and saving. Their social and soft-skill deficits are addressed as self-esteem and work ethic values are restored. As their life skills emerge, and their savings grow, so does their outlook on being a productive worker. After hours, to prepare for the modern workplace – our RTW teams engage in computer and educational classes.
a path to knowledge – Months 5-8
Moving beyond the street cleaning teams, this third phase offers participants to choose an occupational training track. Based on interests, ambitions, and abilities, these opportunities open up full-time training with RTW partners. Each level of accomplishment results in certification or professional license – providing long-term career placement and advancement. They are also working on understanding the importance of employer trust. During the evenings, important job search skills, such as resume writing, cover letters, and job interview preparation classes, are offered to create professional, confident participants. They are ready for success.
graduating with confidence and security – Months 9-12
As RTW participants begin to reach the final months of the program, they work closely with the RTW staff to secure full-time employment, as well as find permanent housing. Graduation requirements from the RTW program include supplement grants to ease their transition into permanent housing. Success is measured by sustaining employment, housing, reunification with family, transportation, maintaining sobriety and not returning to homelessness or incarceration. As our alumni thrive and grow, we continue our relationship with them, assisting with career development opportunities, employment and continued educational support for those who need it.