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Mother and babyPROMISE 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 benefits.

Below are some of the activities available to PROMISE JOBS participants.

  • Job 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 information. 

  • Job Search - Intensive activities for finding employment.

  • Monitored Employment - Full-or part-time unsubsidized employment.

  • Work Experience or Unpaid Community Service - Unpaid on-the-job training for participants with minimal skills, outdated work history, or problems securing employment.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.

  • Basic 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 better parent.

  • Family Development Services - Assists families in overcoming significant barriers to self-sufficiency.

  • Life Skills - A workshop that covers money management, nutrition, parenting information, community resources, etc.

  • Family Planning Services - An option for everyone referred to PROMISE JOBS.  Assists participants with resources on how additional children can affect a family's finances.

Some financial assistance for transportation and childcare is available for PROMISE JOBS participation, depending on the activity and available funding.

PROMISE JOBS staff are located in Ottumwa at the IowaWORKS center.

For more 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.

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