Nature and Purpose
The mission of Project Place is to promote hope and opportunity for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the skills, education and resources needed to obtain stable employment and housing. Students who volunteer at Project Place can expect to gain a new perspective on the magnitude of the challenges homeless adults face beyond their financial need. Whether those challenges are language barriers, learning disabilities, lack of education, mental health issues or criminal records, Project Place is prepared to help clients find a way to meet all of their needs.
Job Training at Project Place:
- Work Ready: A 4-week job-readiness training program focused on the basics of preparing clients for a successful job search. Clients will learn to develop resumes, write cover letters, perform a job search, and prepare for the interview process. In addition, clients will attend computer classes. Upon completion of either program, clients will be assigned a career coach/case manager to assist with the job search and provide ongoing support & resources. Classes are held Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
- Project 90 (P90): A 12-week classroom based training designed to meet the unique challenges faced by motivated job seekers who are homeless or low-income. P90 begins with clients completing the Work Ready class. The second phase of P90 is a 4-week customer service training resulting in the opportunity for clients to obtain a Professional Certification in Customer Service from the National Retail Federation Foundation. The final phase of the programming is focused on daily guided job search with the goal of job placement within 60 days of completion of the program.
PULSE students work with instructors in the Education Department to support Workforce Development training and credentialing. Students work to support clients to develop a resume, write cover letters, and apply for jobs. Project Place staff and instructors rely on PULSE students to work directly with clients who need additional support in all aspects of the training. Students also collaborate with instructors to support classroom activities.