“Work is the best way to break the cycle of poverty for families.”
WorkFirst is Washington's welfare reform program designed to help parents get what they need to prepare for and go to work. It is a partnership between state agencies and communities to work together to provide the necessary services and resources families need to be successful.
Community Jobs is a program developed to address the issues and impact of welfare reform. Since its inception in September 1999, the goals of the program have been consistent: increase motivation, resolve barriers and provide quality work experience to welfare recipients who have had little or no success in the workplace.
Each Community Jobs participant is scheduled to work 20 hours per week, for up to six months, in a nonprofit or governmental agency. Additionally, Community Jobs clients engage in another 20 hours of training and/or job search activities each week. Each participant receives case manager support, on-site job mentoring and job skills training. The main emphasis of this program is on development of work maturity skills such as completing assignments, understanding directions, problem solving and getting to work on time each day.
Community Jobs clients are referred to BMAC by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ WorkFirst program; they are paid minimum wage during their job placements.
Blue Mountain Action Council is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. WA Relay Service number 7-1-1