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CareerSource Palm Beach County Offering Job Placement, Training Services to Homeless in John Prince Park; Announces $300,000 for Expanded Services to Homeless Countywide

West Palm Beach, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2020) – CareerSource Palm Beach County announced today that it will offer job placement and training services to the homeless population in John Prince Park. In addition, the organization is proposing to award $300,000 in funding for expanded services to the homeless and ex-offenders throughout the county.

West Palm Beach, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2020) – CareerSource Palm Beach County announced today that it will offer job placement and training services to the homeless population in John Prince Park. In addition, the organization is proposing to award $300,000 in funding for expanded services to the homeless and ex-offenders throughout the county.

 

“CareerSource is responding to the critical need to help end the cycle of homelessness and unemployment in our county,” said Julia Dattolo, interim president and CEO at CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in the county.  “We are working in collaboration with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, County Administrator Verdenia Baker and other key stakeholder agencies and officials to assist the homeless in overcoming barriers to obtaining and gaining meaningful employment.”

 

In addition to these services, CareerSource is proposing to award $300,000 in funding to The Lord’s Place for expanded services to the homeless and ex-offenders countywide. The new funding is part of a proposed contract with The Lord’s Place to be voted on at the CareerSource Palm Beach County board of directors meeting on Feb. 27. 

 

“CareerSource has provided $2 million in funding to The Lord’s Place over the last decade to help individuals who are homeless or previously incarcerated and we look forward to working with them to expand these efforts,” Ms. Dattolo said.

 

CareerSource Palm Beach County’s job placement and training services at John Prince Park can be similar to those provided by the organization in mid-2018 as part of the collaborative Parks to Work program. In that program, CareerSource worked with Palm Beach County Community Services and other agencies to help the homeless population find and retain employment. 

 

The following services can be provided onsite based on need and assessment:

  • Job readiness assessments
  • Registration in the EmployFlorida online state jobs database
  • Resume and job search assistance 
  • Soft skills and job interview training
  • Case management services to help find and maintain employment

 

CareerSource offers classes and facilities for job searches, grants for job skills training for those who qualify, career development and consulting – all at no cost. During the past five program years, CareerSource Palm Beach County assisted 80,500 residents find employment, with salaries from these jobs creating $1.85 billion in annual wages. CareerSource also awarded $23 million in grants to area businesses and employees for job training and educational assistance during that time.  

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