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“Promoting Independence and Self Sufficiency through
Employment” is Iowa’s welfare reform program designed to assist families with children who are receiving a monthly Family Investment Program (FIP) cash grant from the state. The Department of Human Services contracts with PROMISE JOBS to provide welfare reform services to mandatory participants to help them become financially self-sufficient. 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. There is now a federal law mandating a sixty-month maximum on receipt of cash grants (effective Jan. 1, 1997). Thus, PROMISE JOBS is concerned with providing assistance services on a timely basis.
JOBS staff are located in the IowaWORKS Centers. The PROMISE JOBS staff serve residents of Audubon, Carroll,
Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Sac counties.
of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:
Assessment – Aptitudes and interests
are evaluated to help participants determine their best route to
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
Monitored Employment – Full/part-time
Basic Education – Includes assistance
with high school completion, GED, adult basic education, and
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 Carroll Iowa Workforce Development PROMISE JOBS
office at (712) 792-9812 or your county Department of Human Services office.
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