HomeFirst’s New Start Program assists clients who demonstrate a strong interest in becoming employed, helping them achieve self-sufficiency and housing stability. New Start provides a shelter stay for up to six months, job training and employment workshops, and supportive services to 30 homeless individuals. Applicants accepted into the program volunteer a minimum of 24 hours a week at the Boccardo Reception Center performing janitorial or kitchen services.
New Start allows clients to sharpen and add skills through their volunteer work experience. They will be trained on their position and will attend workshops that help them become more employable. Workshops cover a variety of topics such as resume building, interview skills, communicating with co-workers, problem solving, and team-building. Clients also have access to an Employment Specialist who will provide an individualized plan of action and one-on-one job coaching.
HomeFirst staff works proactively with the clients to establish a plan to make sure that goals are being met. Clients have the opportunity to gain a positive reference from program staff when their time in the program is over. As they progress through the program, their participation, work ethic, and abilities will be assessed and included in their reference. HomeFirst’s employment program will facilitate interaction with potential employers and actively pursue employers to consider our clients for employment. Clients will also be provided referrals to various agencies and as needed for additional supportive services.
Interviews are held every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Boccardo Reception Center. Prospective clients must fill out the application in person. Acceptance into the program will depend on space availability.