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The WorkPlace is a company of ideas and actions, resources and initiatives — all designed to strengthen the workforce. “Think it forward” is our corporate culture. Every discipline within our organization is encouraged to innovate and put ideas into motion for the greater good of the workforce…and society as a whole.

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.

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People’s United Community Foundation has been a generous supporter of The WorkPlace’s Platform to Employment since its inception in 2011. This support enabled P2E to be recognized by Allstate and Atlantic Media as one of the most innovative programs in the nation over the past year for developing path-breaking solutions to one of the most pressing problems facing the U.S.

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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.

In 2011, People’s United Community Foundation was a founding supporter of an ambitious and innovative pilot program of The WorkPlace called Platform to Employment (P2E) which addresses the unique challenges of long-term unemployment. With the backing of People’s United Community Foundation, P2E went on to become a national model for how best to help this population return to work. In the years since, the Foundation also funded two additional P2E pilots leading to involvement by other community partners.

Most recently the foundation stepped forward to support the 21st Century Job Skills program which was created to fill the job training gap and provide job training and education funds for low-income people. These individuals require training but cannot access public training funds nor can they afford to pay for training on their own. Through its financial commitments, People’s United Community Foundation continues to help make the community stronger, more vibrant and sustainable. The WorkPlace recently presented its 2016 Philanthropic Leadership Award to People’s United Community Foundation.

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Newman’s Own Foundation supports efforts to combat veteran homelessness. Providing access to safe, stable housing is an essential building block to success in education and training programs leading to promising career opportunities.
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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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Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard!

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...

The WorkPlace Gets Federal Grant Aimed at Helping Youth

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...

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