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Little girl“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. 

PROMISE JOBS staff are located in the IowaWORKS Centers. The PROMISE JOBS staff serve residents of Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie and Sac counties.

A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants, including:

  • Assessment – 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, GED, 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 Carroll Iowa Workforce Development PROMISE JOBS office at (712) 792-9812 or your county Department of Human Services office.

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