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The Families First Program

Workforce • Social Services • Adult Education

Mission:

To provide ladders of opportunity that help low-income individuals and families break the cycle of poverty and become self-sustaining

Program Description:

The Families First Program takes a comprehensive approach to adult education, job training, placement, and retention by fully supporting the individual struggling with chronic under- or unemployment, lack of education, or issues surrounding the English language barrier. As a part of this unique program, our clients have access to a wide range of vital wraparound services designed to foster a pathway to self-sufficiency and support them on their journey to sustainable employment, including case management, childcare, education, and housing support.

The Families First Program employs a Case Manager and Social Worker who help clients struggling to access basic and immediate needs.

Services

Case Management

  • Individual client needs/risk assessments
  • Ensure immediate needs are met
  • Resources/referrals in cases of domestic violence, homelessness, other crisis situations
  • Help applying for public assistance programs (SNAP, HEAP, PIPP, WEP, SSI, etc.)
  • Assistance accessing basic/immediate needs (escort trips to furniture bank, food bank, etc.)
  • Client advocacy, especially for Spanish-only speaking clients

Workforce Development Services

  • Bilingual job-readiness and soft skills training
  • Individual career counseling
  • Job matching and placement services
  • Biweekly job fairs
  • Resume-writing and mock interview sessions
  • Comprehensive follow-up and retention services

Educational Opportunities

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes – currently hosted through partnership Cuyahoga County Library ASPIRE
  • GED Program – the only Spanish-language GED Program in Ohio

Other

  • Weekly on-site domestic violence counseling in partnership with the Domestic Violence Center
  • On-site immigration and legal services every Wednesday morning
  • Translation services