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Grants Awarded to South Middlesex Opportunity Council

Grants Awarded to South Middlesex Opportunity Council$91,748
 
Ready, Willing & Able: Addressing the Workforce Development Gap (2012)$71,148
Ed's Place Vocational Training Program (2006)$20,600
 
Year:2012Amount: $71,148
Title:Ready, Willing & Able: Addressing the Workforce Development Gap
Grant Type: Activation Fund
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center (MLKJ-BEC) plan to establish SMOC's Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) program in Worcester. RWA is a staffing agency that works to provide homeless and chronically unemployed individuals with job readiness training through supported employment opportunities in day-labor jobs. The goal is for these individuals to transition to independent employment within three to six months which means that they would be able to afford housing and not become homeless again. The goal during the grant period is to have 120 of SMOC's Greater Worcester Housing Connection clients become part of RWA. Of those, 100 will receive a pre-employment assessment and get pre-employment skills training and 20 of them will receive additional training/skill building as needed (GED, ESOL, etc.). All of them will be provided temporary employment opportunities through RWA and 60 individuals will achieve private work placements with employers.

Project Director: Mr. Robert Thomas
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Year:2006Amount: $20,600
Title:Ed's Place Vocational Training Program
Grant Type: Activation Fund
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council, in partnership with Caledonia Farm, the UMass Extension Service and Heifer International, aims to establish a self-sustaining year-round vocational training program in woodworking and improve the efficiency of agricultural operations at Ed's Place, a farm-based, supportive housing program for chronically homeless men in recovery from substance abuse.  The Foundation grant will be used to purchase and install a wood furnace and equipment for the new woodworking shop and adjacent greenhouse, and a hay baler to reduce the expenses associated with grain production.

Project Director:  David McCloskey, South Middlesex Opportunity Council
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