Iowa Workforce Development - Work With Us®
“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. People who fail to participate or comply
with their FIA are considered to have chosen a limited benefit plan (LBP),
and lose their FIP benefits.
Assessments– Aptitudes and interests are evaluated to help participants determine their best route to self-sufficiency.
Workshops are offered covering money management, home repair, car repair, housing information, nutrition, parenting information, lifeskills, etc.
Job Seeking and Skills Training – Workshops that cover proper interviewing techniques, résumés, 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, HiSET, adult basic education, and English-as-a-second-language.
Parenting Skills – Training that helps participants become better parents.
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.
Certain groups are required to
complete certain activities to maintain FIP eligibility. Some
financial assistance for transportation and childcare may be available for
PROMISE JOBS participants, depending on the activity. Limited funding
for car repairs, work clothing, and other approvable costs may be available to help participants who are job ready or already employed.
Iowa Workforce Development Region 14
An Equal Opportunity