Helping Individuals Re-enter Employment (HIRE)
The HIRE Program is an innovative program designed to provide homeless participants from the Santa Clara County General Assistance (GA) program with accelerated job readiness and skills training and access to employment opportunities. Once referred and enrolled at work2future, participants are assigned to a Career Advisor and an Employment Specialist to provide career coaching and access to job leads. The HIRE program provides 60 hours of training with subjects including:
- National Retail Federation Customer Service Certification
- ServSafe Food Handler Certification
- Resume and Cover Letter Development
- Interviewing Techniques
- Networking Skills
- Financial Literacy
In addition to the courses listed above, participants have access to onsite job recruitments. Our Employment Specialist works with local employers to provide employment opportunities for the program. Upon completion of the training program, participants have standing weekly appointments with both the Career Advisors and Employment Specialists in addition to attending a weekly job club held each Friday. The HIRE Program also provides each participant with supportive services funds via its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding. These funds can be used to purchase bus passes, gas cards, interview clothing, uniforms, tools, eyeglasses, some toiletries, and other items that can be used to obtain or retain employment.
Through the work2future Foundation’s network of partners, HIRE participants can access homeless services throughout the County. The work2future Foundation staff is available to help the participant navigate through the various programs available to them. To learn more about how you can support the HIRE Program, contact Madelyn Crawford at 408.794.1201.