Employment & Financial Empowerment

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Employment and Financial Empowerment

Assists in finding job opportunities for adults with multiple barriers—especially new immigrants with low English language proficiency. The program also provides a thorough assessment as well as job coaching and placement assistance.

  • Adult Employment Program: Assists in finding job opportunities for adults who have employment barriers—particularly new immigrants with low English language proficiency. We offer career assessments of individuals, employment coaching and classes, a resource center, job placement assistance, and employment retention support.
  • Title V Senior Employment Program: Promotes effective part-time opportunities for unemployed, low-income people age 55 or older with limited employment prospects. The goal is to help participants enter or re-enter the workforce via any career.
  • Culinary Training Program: Western cooking instruction and vocational English as Second Language—equipping students with knowledge and skills for entry-level positions with major hotels, institutions, and restaurants.
  • Financial Literacy Program: Helps individuals and families achieve their financial goals through coaching and education on budgeting, banking, credit, identity theft, loans, purchases, and financial planning.
  • Housing Counseling: Assists individuals and families with preliminary home-buying protocol, post-purchase protocol, foreclosure prevention and intervention, and rental counseling. This program is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS): Helps seniors make their home more accessible and safer so they can continue living with dignity.

*Funding for these programs is made possible through a grant provided by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is a non-profit agency created by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  The Partnership administers federal and private funding to a network of more than 50 delegate agencies, including 10 American Job Centers.  In collaboration with The Partnership, these agencies promote comprehensive workforce development initiatives addressing the training and career placement needs of job-seekers and businesses and economic growth throughout Chicago and Cook County.