Central City Concern: Clean Start homeless to work program



Central City Concern: Clean Start homeless to work program

Central City Concern’s (CCC) Clean Start homelessto-work program offers an opportunity to formerly homeless individuals to become self-sufficient members of the community. The program’s primary goal is to help trainees transition to full-time employment. Often Clean Start’s trainees have not worked in many years, and some have never held a job. This program offers a place for trainees to get into a routine and start feeling more comfortable working. Clean Start provides a work environment that is compassionate and understanding of people’s backgrounds.

The majority of Clean Start’s trainees receive housing during their employment in one of CCC’s transitional or permanent housing facilities. Other CCC programs are also available to trainees, including CCC Recovery Center, Old Town Clinic, and Old Town Recovery Center. Trainees have access to a wide variety of wraparound services.

CCC also provides Clean Start trainees with access to the Employment Access Center (EAC), which provides case management services for the duration of their employment. Before they are hired, trainees work with an Employment Specialist who assesses an individual’s assets and barriers to employment. The assessment could include work experience, education, health, behavioral health, housing, substance abuse, and lack of support systems. The Employment Specialist meets periodically with trainees to explore career advancement and further education. The Employment Specialist provides individuals with job preparation services, such as résumé writing, interview skills, and placement services.