Understanding the Costs of the DOL Welfare-to-Work Grants Program. WtWProgram Profile: Yakima-OIC


WtW Operator/Program: Yakima Valley Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), Welfare-to-Work Program

Grant Administrator: Tri-County Workforce Development Council, Washington State

Provider Background:OIC is a community-based, nonprofit community action agency that is part of a national network of employment and training programs serving disadvantaged people and their communities.

Target Population: 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: 14 Cumulative by end of period: 154
Unsubsidized Job Placements Goal: Not available New: 46
Cumulative by end of period: 70

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: OIC 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.

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:OIC case managers provided individualized job search assistance and connected clients with Workforce Investment Act services for job referrals.

Postplacement Followup: Like the other WtW providers in the Yakima Valley, OIC provided postemployment services that focused on retention. OIC operated a mentoring program to help clients with issues they encountered in their transition from welfare to work. The mentors, who were volunteers, worked with OIC case managers to coordinate client services.

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

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

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