Family Table Collaborative

For years CPO has wanted to help our clients with more than groceries and clothing--Finally the opportunity is here!

Thanks to a grant from United Way, Catholic Charities has hired a Family Care Coordinator to help CPO's unemployed clients who have children in their households to find employment. This coordinator meets with qualified clients to find out their career, medical, and child care needs. Then she facilitates their use of the services provided by organizations that are participating in the Family Table Collaborative, as shown in the diagram below.

 

Participating Agencies

In addition to Catholic Charities, the following agencies form the Family Table Collaborative, whose goal is to help CPO clients obtain employment:

StepUp Ministry provides job search and resume writing training via a one-week class. Then clients work with a job counselor who assists clients with job placement. For more information about this agency, click here.

Dress for Success provides long-term job training and career mentoring to help clients connect with potential employers. For more information about this agency, click here.

Alliance Medical Ministry provides medical care to the adults who lack insurance. For more information about this agency, click here.

Boys and Girls Club provides after-school care for school age children
(5 to 17 years old), so that parents are able to work. For more information about this agency, click here.

Child Care Services Association consults with clients to help with the care of pre-school children so that parents are able to work. For more information about this agency, click here.

Diagram of Family Table Collaborative

Qualifications For Clients

To use this service, you must:

- Be a CPO adult client
- Have minors living in your household
- Be unemployeed or underemployed
- Be seeking employment
- Speak English

 

Founding the Collaborative

As part of CPO's strategic planning process, CPO conducted client surveys and focus groups asking clients what services they most needed other than food and clothing. Apart from financial assistance, the most frequent response was help getting a job. Last calendar year, 11,364 adults who were served at CPO said they were unemployed.

This prompted Catholic Charities to create a collaborative aimed at helping CPO clients to obtain employment. Thanks to a grant from United Way, Catholic Charities hired a Family Care Coordinator to link CPO's clients to the services offered by organizations participating in the collaborative.

The Family Care Coordinator screens and assesses CPO clients to determine who will be best served by the services of the collaborating agencies. Then the coordinator works with the Care Coordinators of these agencies to ensure that our clients get easy access to services and to encourage them to overcome the barriers to their employment.

 

For More Information

Please contact our Family Care Coordinator. For contact information, click here.