The city of Omaha is teaming with the Salvation Army in offering a new employment program to help the homeless. Mayor Jean Stothert says “A Way To Work” provides training for long term success while earning money and learning skills.
Mayor Stothert says, “Participants in this program will be employed by the Salvation Army for 90 days. That includes two days a week working for the Omaha Parks Department. The hourly wage is $10 an hour. The city will provide transportation to and from the job site. Initial participants will be referred from the Siena Francis House, others will be recruited by the program coordinator or they can apply for the program.”
All applicants will be drug tested and screened through E-Verify.
The program starts on February 5th and the candidates will work in the city’s greenhouse to prepare for planting in parks. The program runs through September 30th. Following the 90 days, the Salvation Army will assist the workers with employment applications and a letter of recommendation. The pilot six month project based on one in Albuquerque, New Mexico will hopefully continue in years to come.
Funding will come from Omaha’s Community Service budget and the Salvation Army.