“Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’- By World,” a collaborative program of the Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS) and Talbot Family Network (TFN), enters its third year with new community sessions starting September 16 and running through December 9, 2019. The program allows participants to explore the impact that poverty and low wages have and what it takes to move from just getting by, to getting ahead and realizing the future that they really want.
According to Cawaina Friend, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World Facilitator, “Life can present us with trials – job losses, illnesses, and unforeseen events. The program helps participants network with community resources and develop relationships with one another to gain financial stability and to advance their careers. Getting Ahead is internationally recognized for its interactive small group format. No one “teaches” you what you need to know – you discover what is the best for you.”
Individuals can sign up on their own or be referred by one of the programs community partners, like Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Talbot Interfaith Shelter, DORS, DLLR, Chesapeake Voyagers, B & J Health Services, the Talbot County Department of Social Services, or the Talbot County Detention Center.
A 34-year old female who was referred to the program from Talbot Interfaith Shelter (TIS) comments, “After spending eight months at TIS and then being in their transitional apartments for three years, I decided to participate in the program. It has helped me a lot and given me confidence. I learned interviewing skills which have helped me progress to the next step in the interviewing process for a job. I am also looking forward to attending Chesapeake College.” She adds, “The money management information was also very impactful to me.”
Participants take part in a 13-week workshop, meeting two hours a week in small groups where they have problem-solving discussions and investigations. Weekly stipends, childcare, dinner, and transportation assistance are offered to participants in the program.
The “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’- By World” program meets at the Easton Family YMCA in Easton at 202 Peachblossom Road in Easton on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning on September 16. Persons interested in participating in this program or individuals or organizations wishing to refer individuals to the program should contact Mary Robey, Workforce Specialist, at 410-770-5185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.