Work Ready serves those who are able to engage in full-time employment and those who want to but can’t. The Homes First Employment and Pre-Employment Programs provide the resources that residents need to find and maintain employment and improves the lives of residents who are under-employed.
The “in-house” services accommodate the unique needs of people who are homeless in a way that many other community employment services do not. People living at a shelter have limited access to phones, voice mail, computers and printers. They have few clothes and no privacy.
For those who are able to work we offer access to a work station (phone, fax, computer & internet), staff support, clothing for work, first month subsidy through tokens and a bag lunch, volunteer experience and employer facilitation.
The pre-employment program assists clients who have multiple barriers, like mental health and addictions issues, to be ready and able to work. In addition to being homeless residents may also have low self-confidence, a lack of experience and training, low literacy skills, a lack of life and social skills (culturally appropriate behaviours) and low daily living skills, (i.e. proper hygiene). The goal of the pre-employment program is to help residents graduate to the Homes First Employment Program and community resources.