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The Department of Human Services contracts with PROMISE JOBS to provide welfare reform services to mandatory participants who are receiving a monthly cash grant from the state. 


PROMISE JOBS, “Promoting Independence and Self Sufficiency through Employment,” is Iowa’s welfare reform program. Designed to assist Family Investment Program (FIP) recipients to become self-sufficient, PROMISE JOBS is a participation requirement for most FIP recipients. Participants develop an individualized Family Investment Agreement (FIA) that outlines what steps they will take to enable them to leave public assistance.  A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:

    ·        Assessment – Aptitudes and interests are evaluated to help participants determine their best route to self-sufficiency.

    ·        Life Skills – Workshop that covers money management, self-esteem, soft skills communication and effective problem solving.

    ·        Job Seeking and Skills Training – A workshop that covers proper interviewing techniques, résumés (content and lab), how to fill out a job application, and other work search information.

    ·        Job Search – Assistance with finding employment.

    ·        Monitored Employment – Full/part-time unsubsidized employment.

    ·        Basic Education – Includes assistance with high school completion, HiSED, adult basic education, and English-as-a-Second-Language.

    ·        Post-Secondary Classroom Training – Includes assistance with academic and vocational training, which prepares participants for a specific area of employment. Assistance is dependent on abilities and aptitudes, available funding, and other requirements. There is currently a 24-month supportive services funding limit on all approved post-secondary education.

    ·        Family Development Services – Help overcoming significant family barriers.

    ·        Family Planning Services – An option for everyone referred to PROMISE JOBS. Participants can find out how additional children can affect a family’s finances.

    ·        FaDSS- An option for all Promise Jobs participants, provides access to a family support worker that works with the individual on goals toward self-sufficiency.


Some financial assistance for transportation and childcare is available for PROMISE JOBS participants, depending on the activity. Limited funding for car repairs, work clothing, and other approvable costs is also available through Family Self-Sufficiency Grant (FSSG) to help participants who are job ready or already employed. Details of Family Self-Sufficiency Grant are outlined in regional plan.  To apply for FSSG PROMISE JOBS participant should contact their PROMISE JOBS worker, fill out the FSSG Application and provide items on FSSG Checklist.  For more information on PROMISE JOBS eligibility and participation requirements, contact the office nearest you:


In Cedar Rapids or Iowa City call (319) 365-9474 Extension 31197.


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