Supporting their families through work is a common goal for many young parents. We’re here to help make this goal a reality.
Finding a job can be tough for anyone, but it’s especially difficult if you have incomplete education or lack work experience. What’s more, managing the needs of a young family makes it challenging to look for a job, pursue a training program, or finish your education.
Reach Up, the State of Vermont’s welfare-to-work program, may be able to help you. Reach Up helps families with children by providing services that support work, cash assistance for basic necessities, and health insurance. Eligibility depends on your income, resources, living expenses, who lives with you, your ability to work, and other factors.
As a parent-child center, Lund provides Reach Up case management services to pregnant and parenting women under the age of 24 in the towns of Burlington, South Burlington, Williston, Richmond, Huntington, Hinesburg, St. George, and Bolton.
Reach Up offers help with:
- A case manager to help you find your place in the work world
- Identifying your skills, abilities, interests, training or education needs
- Preparing for work
- Finding and affording quality childcare
- Securing and funding transportation
- Work-related costs such as clothing, tools, and supplies
How does Reach Up work?
If you are eligible, we will assess your readiness for work by looking at your skills and abilities, job interests, and training or education. We’ll address any challenges that make it difficult for you to work, such as childcare, transportation, health needs, or personal issues.
To find out if you are eligible for Reach Up, please visit the state of Vermont’s Economic Services Division page.
To learn more about Reach Up at Lund call Tammy Santamore at (802) 861-2588.
At Lund, we know that a lack of relevant experience can be a barrier to employment. Our job training program, Workforce Development, helps women to overcome this problem.
Community members and women who are enrolled in any of Lund’s programs may participate in Workforce Development. This program provides opportunities to gain valuable on the job experience and learn skills that will be useful in the workplace.
Built on an apprenticeship and shared-learning model, Workforce Development allows participants to engage in job training with an employee in a specific position at Lund or at another community organization or business. Participants receive a small stipend and, on occasion, receive larger financial incentives for completing work goals and achieving favorable evaluations.
To learn more about Workforce Development, call Tammy Santamore at (802) 861-2588.