Workforce Development helps individuals who are unemployed connect with job resources, training programs and educational opportunities. The program works to improve family economic security by creating workforce pathways for returning citizens that include wraparound services and lead to employment opportunities.
When individuals are released from local correctional facilities, Cornerstone Builders Re-Entry 72 meets them at the gate and offers assistance in finding immediate work, housing and community connections. Once those elements are secured, participants, along with a Workforce Specialist, begin looking for full-time work that is both appropriate for and beneficial to the individual.
One aspect of Workforce Development is an AmeriCorps program. Catholic Charities AmeriCorps members, who were recruited from unemployed, previously incarcerated individuals, are serving in the Food for Families/Food for Seniors program delivering monthly food boxes to low-income elderly individuals. While performing this service, participants receive a modest living allowance, an educational award and workforce development services to help them find permanent employment.
Watch the video to learn more about the Catholic Charities AmeriCorp program.
Learn more about our AmeriCorps program supported by a grant from the Volunteer Louisiana Commission in the office of the Lieutenant Governor.