JF&CS partners with community organizations to form new WorkAble program

We’re excited to announce that JF&CS has partnered with North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) and South Hills Interfaith Ministry (SHIM) to create WorkAble, a county-wide employment and critical needs service for financially struggling adults.

Generously supported by the United Way of Allegheny County, WorkAble is designed to serve unemployed and underemployed individuals throughout Allegheny County-especially those newly struggling, those who are one event away from crisis and struggling single female households.

WorkAble is an expansion of JF&CS’s holistic, high-touch combination of employment and critical needs services, which has successfully helped thousands of people find work and return to self-sufficiency. It is unique in that the program serves both jobseekers ready to meet the challenges of a job search and employment, as well as those who need to overcome barriers before they can search, secure and maintain employment.

To address these needs across a larger landscape, WorkAble will service clients from all over Allegheny County at NHCO sites in Allison Park and Millvale, SHIM offices in Bethel Park and JF&CS offices in Squirrel Hill.

While all of the agencies will provide critical needs assistance, JF&CS’s Career Development Center counselors will work onsite at NHCO and SHIM locations to provide resume and cover letter help, teach interviewing, job search and computer skills and offer support and encouragement to job seekers. NHCO will leverage their expertise with volunteer job coaches to put into place a job coach program across all three agencies.

Through this collaboration, and the generous funding of the United Way, each agency’s individual strengths will be leveraged and maximized to ensure a convenient, consistent, high-quality approach to employment and critical needs counseling and services to help struggling individuals.

Throughout the past year, more than 17,000 clients in were served by all three agencies in a variety of programs, and through WorkAble, we can expect to help many more reach and maintain self-sufficiency. If you or someone you know is struggling with getting by and needs assistance, call the WorkAble hotline at 412-904-5993.

The work that we do would not be possible without the generosity of our funders, donors, supporters and volunteers. We hope this collaborative program inspires you to support the work of JF&CS and our partner agencies. To help us continue to address the growing and changing needs in our community, please consider donating to JF&CS or volunteering as a WorkAble coach. Volunteers are a tremendous part of the success of the WorkAble program and an opportunity for you to offer support and encouragement and share your skills to benefit the greater community.

For options on how you can volunteer or support JF&CS, visit www.jfcspgh.org or call 412-422-7200.

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