Grant To Improve Employment Outcomes for Vulnerable NH Populations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michele Talwani.(603) 641-1143 ext. 322
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION RECEIVES $19,000 FROM LINCOLN FINANCIAL FOUNDATION TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Employment Learning Collaborative To Be Established
MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT) has received a $19,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation. The money will be used to hire a consultant to create an Employment Learning Collaborative made up of key workforce training and employment stakeholders. The Collaborative will work together to improve employment outcomes for clients served by FIT, as well as other homeless, low income, and vulnerable populations.
In 2014, with previous grant support from Lincoln Financial Foundation, FIT led a project to determine employment barriers faced by adults on TANF, single parents, under-educated, and/or under-employed people in the state. They were able to identify new strategies to better assist low wage workers to gain a foothold and advance in the labor market. As a result of the initial work, a report, “Addressing Structural and Individual Barriers to Employment Readiness in New Hampshire” was published and is located at www.fitnh.org/publications. The report identifies several structural improvements to the employment system in New Hampshire as well as the need to create a statewide learning collaborative to work on the barriers identified.
Through this second Lincoln Financial Foundation grant, FIT has hired Jessica Santos, Research Associate at Brandeis University, to help lead 12-15 people from five to seven different organizations to form the collaborative. They will work together to focus on employment and workforce innovation to enhance the state’s current landscape of employment programs. Final outcomes from the collaborative are anticipated near the end of 2015.
“We recognize that our program participants face many challenges obtaining and retaining quality jobs that pay a living wage,” said Maureen Beauregard, President and Founder of Families in Transition. “We’re incredibly appreciative of Lincoln Financial Foundation for recognizing the issue and helping us bring together a core group of knowledgeable stakeholders in the field of employment services to help make needed improvement to reduce barriers to employment for low-income people.”
“Our hope is that by supporting an intentional, systemic approach to employment and workforce innovation we can help make long-term inroads in providing employment opportunity for low-income workers,” said Byron Champlin, program officer for Lincoln Financial Foundation.
Families in Transition (FIT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide safe, affordable housing and supportive services to at risk and homeless individuals enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. Since its inception in 1991, FIT has grown from administering one transitional housing program to becoming a leader in the development of supportive housing, owning and operating over 200 residential housing units, including transitional and permanent supportive housing programs as well as a specialty emergency shelter. In addition, FIT owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a commercial cleaning company, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for the services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT and its related entities visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.