Gainful employment is critical to a family’s ability to maintain housing stability. The Secure Jobs program helps people achieve the long term objective of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. Since its inception, the program has helped more than 1oo people with the steps needed to secure long-term employment.
The Secure Jobs Initiative was established in 2013 as a pilot program in partnership with the Fireman Foundation with funding through the Housing Stabilization and Preservation Trust Fund. Other partners in launching this program include the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) and Eastern Bank. This initiative provides job readiness skills training, eliminates barriers to employment and connects families with suitable employers in jobs with defined career paths. The program provides job training, job search services and a year of stabilization services for participants.
In addition to providing clients with personalized employment services, our Secure Jobs staff works with the client to remove barriers to success by linking participants with childcare resources, transportation to and from training programs, helping navigate options for people who have challenges with CORIs, and providing skills training, job readiness training, and job search services.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact the Financial Education (FEC) Office, 978.654.5673. Located at 165 Merrimack Street Lowell MA 01852.
There will be a 2nd DCU Call Center Job Fair at the Financial Literacy Center, 165 Merrimack Street, Lowell – sometime in March 2020. We will keep you posted. The first one is being held Wednesday, February 19th, 3-6pm, at DCU’s Chelmsford Operations Center, 297 Billerica Road, Chelmsford — see below.
As one example of a success story at Secure Jobs – On Monday July 31, four members of Community Teamwork’s Secure Job Program graduated from Middlesex Community College’s Phlebotomy Program. The training opportunity was a result of a shared grant with The International Institute and Middlesex Community College and represented the continuous effort that Community Teamwork puts forth in their collaboration with key community partners. Sovanny Phoeurk, Shannon MacNeil, Tina Loeur, and Susan Lazu received their training certificates in a graduation ceremony held at Middlesex’s Federal Building. The four participants were chosen based on their prior medical training via the Secure Jobs Program and tangible work history for over a year. Following the ceremony, the graduates attended a job fair at The Lowell Career Center and got an opportunity to market their newly acquired training and experience to a group of local medical organizations, including Lowell General, Wingate Healthcare and Genesis to mention a few. The young women did a remarkable job networking and with the continued supports of the secure job program will soon start interviewing and embracing the next stage in their medical careers. Watch the video:
July 2017 – CONGRATULATIONS!