PROMISE JOBS, or “Promoting
Independence and Self-Sufficiency through Employment,” 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 (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.
A number of activities are available to PROMISE JOBS participants,
– A workshop that covers money management, home repair, car repair,
housing information, nutrition, parenting information, etc.
Seeking and Skills Training – A workshop that covers
proper interviewing techniques, résumés, how to fill out a job
application, and other work search information.
Searching – Skills for finding employment.
Employment – Full-time or part-time unsubsidized
Education – Includes assistance with high school
completion, GED, adult basic education, and English-as-a-Second
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
Skills – Training that helps participants become a better
Development Services – Help overcoming significant family
Planning Services – An option for everyone referred to
PROMISE JOBS. Participants can find out how additional children
can affect a family’s finances.
Training – Training for participants interested in
Not all centers provide 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.
902 W. Kimberly
Davenport, IA 52801
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