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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.
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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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Johnston Sunrise | October 27, 2016 | By John Howell Nathan Bonds came to Rhode Island from Indiana in 2013 to take a job as a quality manager for Quality Spray Technologies. He found a house in Cranston, and he, his wife, and five daughters settled into the...
Rhode Island NPR | October 28, 2016 Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line. Mark is off this week. This week, Dave speaks with Scott Jensen, director of Rhode Island’s...
By Alexander Soule Updated 2:16 pm, Monday, October 24, 2016 The U.S. Department of Labor awarded The WorkPlace $5.1 million to provide job training and employment services statewide through the Senior Community Service Employment Program, with DOL expected to make...
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....
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...
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