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From job training to ongoing education, The WorkPlace reaches well beyond the basic requirements of workforce development, seeking state and federal competitive grants and funding from foundations and corporations to help “fill-the-gap” in training to serve more people in-need across the region, the state, and the country.
As a national leader in the field of workforce development, we regularly share best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around the country. The factors that have contributed to our success are regularly maximizing our relationships with community partners in a collaborative approach to solving workforce challenges.
In 2007, People’s United Bank established a $60 million charitable foundation, People’s United Community Foundation, to help improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods they served. The People’s United Community Foundation’s mission is to invest in programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents, promote the economic development and well-being of neighborhoods and support the educational and developmental needs of children and youth.
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The WorkPlace contacted Newman’s Own Foundation two years ago, seeking support for an innovative approach to addressing core issues of unemployed, homeless veterans; helping them to examine the thoughts and behaviors that hold them back and identify new choices and practices to move toward independent living.
Newman’s Own Foundation responded with funding for a pilot project of The Daring Way™, a highly interactive workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Dr. Brown’s work is the subject of a #1 New York Times Best Seller and has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The program provides a safe and supportive space to identify what’s holding veterans back from stepping more fully and bravely into the lives they really want. The grant funded the licensed workshops for staff and program participants led by certified Daring Way™ facilitators. Our participants learned new choices and practices that freed them to move forward more courageously and authentically in their day to day lives towards independent living.
Veterans reported feeling empowered seeing that they were not alone in their thoughts, feelings, and how through the support of community they can make positive choices. The resounding response was that the curriculum was relevant, applicable, benefited participants in their employment efforts.
Participants shared how they immediately implemented lessons into their daily lives. One participant, while preparing for a job interview, shared how learning about his physical responses to fear and shame caused him to be more aware of himself and how others saw him. Once realized, he moved past the fear and confidently into his interview with courage. Another participant reported understanding the difference between shame and guilt and how this awareness impacts his interactions with others.
Thanks to Newman’s Own Foundation homeless veterans in both the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and Supportive Services for Veteran Families learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The investment and encouragement the foundation has provided continues to help veterans thrive in the communities where they live.
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Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation Applauds $4.25 Million In Federal Grants To Give At-Risk Youth A Second Chance At Education, Career Training
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2) Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4) and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) on Monday applauded over $4.25 million in U.S....
New Haven Register | By Esteban L. Hernandez | September 26, 2016 | Photo Credit: New Haven Register NEW HAVEN >> A local organization known for its work with the city’s reentry population will receive a nearly $1 million federal grant to support a program...
Westfair Business Publications | By Kevin Zimmerman | September 26, 2016 The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has awarded a $1.1 million grant to The WorkPlace for a YouthBuild program in Bridgeport. Created by the USDOL in the 1990s, YouthBuild is a nonprofit...
The WorkPlace is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses, and we’d like to ask you to participate. We think it is an important survey because your answers will inform service providers...
CT Post. By Keila Torres Ocasio. September 22, 2016 The WorkPlace has been awarded its fourth major grant in as many months, this one aimed at helping at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in Bridgeport. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that the...
The WorkPlace Receives $400,000 Grant to Strengthen Retail Industry Career Services in Southwest Connecticut
Funding is part of a $10.9 million grant awarded to The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership from the Walmart Foundation. Bridgeport, Connecticut, September 7, 2016 – Today, the Walmart Foundation announced that The WorkPlace has been selected to receive a $400,000...
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