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Employment,
Education & Training

Employment Readiness

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Residents of Housing Hope and partner agencies receive employment readiness coaching, including job search assistance and guidance in building both soft and hard skills. Employment Specialists work closely with individuals experiencing homelessness or with low incomes to explore their options and create realistic career plans through job searches, connecting with internship opportunities, accessing higher education, or participating in the HopeWorks Job Training Program. Participants typically meet weekly with Employment Specialists and receive one-on-one coaching to build and shape their own individualized employment/educational plans.

 

For more information, or if you are interested in accessing these services, please contact Charley at CharleyBielawski@housinghope.org.

Education

Education Access

Residents of Housing Hope and partner agencies interested higher education are assigned an Education Coordinator they work with individually to address any barriers in accessing higher education. This may include completing a GED, applying for college and financial aid, providing books and other tools required to be successful in school, and navigating the college system to acquire a certificate or degree.

For more information or if interested in accessing these services, please contact Alyssa at alyssalopez@housinghope.org.

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EduPloyment

The EduPloyment Program facilitates career pathways for individuals in households experiencing homelessness or poverty through a model of education, employment readiness training, work experience, and employment. The goal is to encourage students to choose a pathway for certification by completing required coursework while participating in on-the-job training, gaining experience necessary to quickly find employment upon graduation. Our flagship field of study in 2015 was focused on property management. Current fields include Business Management, IT and Welding.

 

Please contact us for more information at 

eduployment@housinghope.org

On-Site Degree Programs

Mt. Baker View is a 21-unit apartment complex that creates a special “college-going environment” for 10 homeless or at-risk low-income families who are assisted in the completion of degree programs on their pathway to family stability and success.

 

Within a learning community model, an education coordinator helps families secure financial aid, master study habits, gain computer literacy skills and overcome obstacles to their success. A Learning Center in the building provides space for study, tutoring, support groups, and space for children while their parents study. Mt. Baker View is conveniently located across from Jackson Park, close to bus lines and Everett Community College.

 

The program is also offered to five units at Park Place Townhomes in Marysville.

 

Contact Amy at amysmith@voaww.org for more information. 

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Training Through HopeWorks Social Enterprises

HopeWorks

Housing Hope affiliate HopeWorks Social Enterprises runs three social enterprise businesses and hosts an on-the-job training program designed to train and support community members with little experience or employment gaps who may be experiencing homelessness or have low-incomes.

Trainees enroll in Housing Hope’s employment program and work with an Employment Specialist to identify their desired career path, their level of “employment readiness,” and provide support throughout. After completing the Solid Foundations course, trainees start their on-the-job training at Ground Works Landscaping, Kindred Kitchen, or Renew Home and Decor.

 

Each enterprise has a dedicated Trainer to work directly with trainees and guide them through the program and finding employment. Our Employment Specialists continue to work with the participant after graduation until they have found secure employment and up to six months after that.

 

Throughout the entire program, a trainee is eligible for monetary incentives to celebrate progression and accomplishments towards employability.

For more information on HopeWorks Social Enterprises or the job training program, visit www.hopewrks.org or contact Jerron at JobTraining@housinghope.org.

Solid Foundations

Housing Hope, in partnership with Edmonds Community College, teaches a two-week course to prepare participants for employment, educational opportunities, and meeting their life goals. In fact, as a prerequisite to complete Solid Foundation, participation in the HopeWorks Job Training Program is required.

 

The first week is taught by a behaviorist through ECC who covers topics such as dealing with change, self-awareness, managing fear, and exploring your hidden strength. The second week is taught by a Housing Hope life-skills coach and aims to teach the soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and grow flourishing relationships.

 

If you are interested in attending these classes or know anyone that would benefit from these classes, please contact

CollegeOfHope@housinghope.org.

 

Interested in an employment, education or training program? 

Housing Hope offers a variety of Employment, Education and Training services and opportunities for community members who are experiencing homelessness, with low-incomes and in need of support in education or employment.

 

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