A new pilot program that will help people in Omaha with skills to live without social service programs was kicked off this week at the YWCA. Tulani Grundy is the Case Manager and Coach of the Basic Skills and Self Sufficiency Pilot Program and she says for many, it means going back to the basics. Many people that will take part in this program are not able to read or write or have interviewing or resume writing skills.
The goal of this program is to utilize what nine participating organizations have to offer so women and children living in poverty can take the steps to be self sufficient. Grundy says for many it is easier to remain on welfare because the challenges seem overwhelming to many. Those agencies will be able to bring together a team of professionals that will help remove barriers so people can focus on getting a job. This includes child care, proper housing, food and transportation.
The program is designed to assist developing healthy families buy working with health care agencies, to decrease the dependence on social services and encourage employment, to increase personal support systems and to teach the basic life skills needed for stable employment.