JOBS, or "Promoting Independence and Self Sufficiency through
Employment," is Iowa's welfare reform program. The program is
designed to assist people who receive benefits from the Family
Investment Program (FIP) become self-sufficient.
Participation in PROMISE JOBS is required for most FIP recipients.
Participants develop a Family Investment Agreement (FIA) that
outlines what steps they will take to leave public assistance.
Each FIA is individualized to a participant's needs. Persons who
fail to participate or fail to comply with their FIA are considered
to have chosen a Limited Benefit Plan (LBP), and lose their FIP
some of the activities available to PROMISE JOBS participants.
Seeking Skills Training - A workshop that covers skills
identification, proper interviewing techniques, résumés, how to
complete a job application, job retention skills and other work
Search - Intensive activities for finding employment.
Monitored Employment - Full-or part-time unsubsidized
Experience or Unpaid Community Service - Unpaid on-the-job
training for participants with minimal skills, outdated work
history, or problems securing employment. Work experience also has a
weekly work search requirement.
Education - Involves assistance with high school completion,
GED, adult basic education, and English-as-a-second-language.
Post-Secondary Classroom Training - Assists participants with
vocational and academic training, preparing participants for
specific occupations. Participants must demonstrate aptitude and
ability in the vocational or academic area. There is currently a
24-month funding limit on all approved training programs. All
post-secondary classroom training is subject to funding availability
and other requirements.
Parenting Skills - Training that helps participants become a
Development Services - Assists families in overcoming
significant barriers to self-sufficiency.
Skills - A workshop that covers money management, nutrition,
parenting information, community resources, etc.
Planning Services - An option for everyone referred to PROMISE
JOBS. Assists participants with resources on how additional
children can affect a family's finances.
financial assistance for transportation and childcare is available
for PROMISE JOBS participation, depending on the activity and
JOBS staff are located in
Ottumwa at the IowaWORKS center.
information on PROMISE JOBS eligibility and participation
requirements, you may contact a PROMISE JOBS staff member at
641-684-5401 or your
county Department of Human Services office.
Iowa Workforce Development Region