Job seekers should not have to choose between being cold or having appropriate clothing for work. With this in mind, Goodwill’s Back to Work program is distributing 400 winter coats among its participants, both public assistance applicants and recipients, today Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m. at its Bronx site (369 E 148 St., 10455; phone 646-308-6300).
New York Cares has donated coats to the Back to Work program the last three years. Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey operates the Back to Work program in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.
Sharmaine Jones, Vice President of Goodwill’s Back to Work program, Bronx site, says, “Stabilizing the lives of program participants is our first priority. Once their basic needs such as housing, food, legal issues, and even professional clothing are met, our staff helps welfare applicants and recipients find employment.”
The Back to Work program is a one-stop employment center that provides job readiness training, placement services and vocational training to New Yorkers applying for or receiving public assistance. Referral by the New York City Human Resources Administration is required. Employment services are shaped according to the background, interests and skills of each individual. They include short-term job search assistance, vocational training, work experience or basic education, offered in a structured and professional environment.
For information on Goodwill Back to Work in the Bronx, please call 646-308-6300. For Goodwill’s other two Back to Work sites, please call (718) 246-4905 for Elm Place in Brooklyn and (718) 433-1695 for Long Island City, Queens.