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
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
– Aptitudes and interests are evaluated to help participants determine
their best route to self-sufficiency.
– 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
– Assistance with finding employment.
– Full/part-time unsubsidized employment.
– 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.
An option for all Promise Jobs participants, provides access to a family
support worker that works with the individual on goals toward
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
To apply for FSSG PROMISE JOBS participant should contact their PROMISE
JOBS worker, fill out the
and provide items on
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.