You've been offered a job but you need to buy a uniform in order to start. Or you need to pay the deposit to secure child care. Or you need to get your car fixed so you have reliable transportation to get you to work.
These are among the barriers that keep people from being able to find and keep a job.
A new initiative called The WorkPath Fund is designed to offer Connecticut parents with dependent children a solution: a small grant to cover basic job-related costs to help overcome these and other similar barriers to employment.
The tough economy, coupled with cuts in social services, lead a growing number of Connecticut residents to seek help through 2-1-1 last year.
According to a new analysis, United Way 2-1-1 specialists handled more than 1,200 calls a day last year from those needing referrals to health and human services resources. In addition to those calling the infoline, 211ct.org garnered 669,000 visits in 2013.
2-1-1 is a free, 24/7 information line supported by United Ways statewide. It connects people in urgent need with resources that can help them.
NEW HAVEN – United Way of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce that Jim Travers has joined its staff as vice president of development.