Understanding the Costs of the DOL Welfare-to-Work Grants Program. WtW Program Profile: Yakima-FWC


WtW Operator/Program: Northwest Community Action Center (NCAC), Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (FWC), Welfare-to-Work Program

Grant Administrator: Tri-County Workforce Development Council

Provider Background:The NCAC is an affiliate of FWC and is located next to the boundary of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Indian Nation. FWC operates workforce development programs.

Target Population: Migrant farmworkers and other WtW-eligible people

Statistics for the WtW Program Overall Vs. The Cost Analysis

  WtW Program Overall Cost Analysis Period
Period of Operations

8/1/98 to 12/31/01

7/1/00 to 6/30/01

Funding/Costs $991,393
(WtW grant/contract amount)
(total estimated costs for one year)
Enrollments Goal: 150 New: 56
Cumulative by end of period: 161
Unsubsidized Job Placements Goal: Not available New: 53
Cumulative by end of period: 81

Welfare-to-Work Program Services

Outreach and Recruitment:The primary source of referrals was the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Job Readiness and Case Management: FWC provided employability assessment and ongoing case management services. The case managers monitored the progress of their clients, helping them with problems as they arose, ensuring supportive service needs were met, and keeping DSHS case managers informed of client progress. FWC assigned cases with special needs such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse to a special case manager who gave them the support they needed to continue their efforts to become economically self-sufficient.

Paid Temporary Employment:WtW clients could be placed in two types of paid work experience positions. Clients could be placed in paid work experience positions at nonprofit or community-based organizations to obtain work experience and work maturity skills. In addition, DSHS case managers could place clients in community jobs where they earned minimum wage and worked 20 hours a week. Clients were placed in the community jobs positions for up to nine months and received paid sick leave and vacation benefits.

Job Development and Placement:FWC case managers provided individualized job search assistance and also connected clients with Workforce Investment Act services for referrals.

Postplacement Followup: Like the other WtW providers in the Yakima Valley, FWC provided postemployment services that focused on retention.

Support Services: FWC provided support services after the participant had exhausted the services available through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The support services FWC provided included transportation, child care, and work-related supplies and clothing.

Other:Clients could access state-supported preemployment training, which lasted up to 22 weeks.

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