JobLink at Sacred Heart – Second Offering May 30th & 31st
Most of you are very familiar with Sacred Heart and the Essential Services program of providing food, clothing, and housing assistance. Hopefully, more and more of you are also becoming familiar with the successful JobLink program also at Sacred Heart. A large number of the volunteers in this program are parishioners of Holy Spirit! This program is a key component of Sacred Heart’s Self-sufficiency program. JobLink provides assistance to those customers who are seeking employment. This assistance includes: resumes, cover letters, setting up email addresses and help applying for jobs using the internet, mock interviews, classes on interviewing skills and being part of a team at work. Job Coaches provide individual assistance to JobLink’s customers as they endeavor and sometimes struggle to find work. Lastly, JobLink assists working customers that have difficulty meeting their financial obligations with classes, and financial coaches provide encouragement and guidance on how to budget and improve their credit scores, so they can get the most out of their paychecks.
After going through all of this training and obtaining a job, many of the customers don’t have reliable transportation to get to and from their new jobs. Lack of reliable transportation is a key inhibitor to customers keeping their jobs. Presently, Sacred Heart is part of a VTA program where $70 bus passes are sold to the new employees for $25. Unfortunately, each month JobLink has to turn away customers because the demand is greater than the supply. The key success factor for the Bus Pass Program has been the ability to sustain the program. Like most government programs, Bus Pass programs eventually get reduced or discontinued. In fact, VTA recently indicated the current program may be discontinued after this year.
The weekend of May 30th, there will be a second collection to raise money so bus passes are available to JobLink customers. Please support the people who are trying to help themselves out of poverty.