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Picture of a happy family“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.

PROMISE JOBS staff are located in Creston.
Activities available to PROMISE JOBS participants include:

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.

  • Post-Secondary Classroom Training – Includes assistance with academic and vocational training, that 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 funding limit on all approved post-secondary education.

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.

For more information on PROMISE JOBS eligibility and participation requirements, contact the Creston Iowa Workforce Development office at (641) 782-2119 extension 513.


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