Through our affiliates, we create locally owned and operated expressions of Cara via partners in new markets who see workforce development as a key component to advance self-sufficiency. We want to leverage the trust these organizations have already built within their communities and offer a different way of looking at workforce development based on their ecosystem.
We help existing organizations setup locally-owned and operated expressions of Cara based on their communities’ context, opportunities, and needs. Successful partners typically serve adults who are affected by poverty and face barriers to employment, and have a demonstrated track record of success in their communities. We work with these partners for 10 to 12 months to co-design a program specific to their model, vision, and population needs. After the first year, we provide ongoing assistance and learning opportunities so we can all continue to grow and learn from one another.
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
In 2015, Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI) decided to augment its social service offerings with a workforce development program to help its participants find gainful employment in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2016, LSSI launched LSSI Works, a job training program based on Cara’s service delivery model designed to help individuals get and keep good jobs. Today, more than 100 people and has seen average wages increase to more than $12 per hour for individuals who entered jobs following completion of the program.
Click here to watch a video showing LSSI Works participants celebrating one-year on the job.
Atlanta Mission is a multi-facility nonprofit organization that annually serves more than 8,000 members of Metro Atlanta’s homeless population by providing emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing. In 2019, Atlanta Mission launched their workforce development program, Atlanta Mission @Work, based off of Cara’s service delivery model. They aim to serve more than 100 people their first year of operation.
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