JOBS, or “Promoting Independence and Self Sufficiency through Employment,
Job Opportunities and Basic Skills,” 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” or FIA that outlines what steps they will take to leave public assistance. Persons 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 is located in the Mason City IowaWORKS office. The PROMISE JOBS staff serve residents of
Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth counties.
A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:
Life Skills – A workshop that covers
soft skills such as goal setting, good customer service, dealing
with difficult people and other skills that would be beneficial to
any job seeker to obtain and maintain their employment.
Job Seeking Skills – A
workshop that covers proper interviewing, resumes, how to fill out a
job application and other work search information.
Structured Job Search
Work Experience Program –
Full-time, non-paid employment for persons lacking work skills, with out-of-date skills, or demonstrated problems finding employment.
Monitored Employment – Full or part-time unsubsidized employment.
Basic Education – Includes assistance with high school completion, GED, 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 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.
Entrepreneurial Training – Training for participants interested in self-employment.
Job Coaching – Assistance to individuals to enhance job success.
Not everyone participates in all of the items listed above, but certain groups are required to complete certain activities in order to maintain FIP eligibility. 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 to help participants who are job ready or already employed.
For more information on PROMISE JOBS eligibility and participation requirements, contact the Mason City IowaWORKS PROMISE JOBS office at
(800) 392-2230, (641) 422-1504, or your county Department of Human Services office.
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