Genesee County Department of Social Services Employment Program is a collaborative effort between the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA), Genesee County Career Center and Social Services (DSS). Genesee County DSS utilizes a pro-active, employment based, front-door philosophy stressing self-sufficiency. The Intake Unit and Employment Program Assistants promote job searches, job referrals and supportive services to divert applicants from the need of ongoing cash assistance. They work closely with local businesses to match current job openings with an individual’s skills for applicants/recipients of Temporary Assistance. An intensive assessment is completed by our Employment Program Assistants to help identify potential barriers to self-sufficiency and assist families to overcome these barriers.
Genesee County DSS contracts with the Career Center to provide applicants/recipients of Temporary Assistance with job readiness training and other employment-related services. These services include a skills assessment, a goal-oriented employment plan, resume writing, interviewing skills and techniques, appropriate inner personal behavior for success in the workplace, and coping skills to successfully coordinate employment and family responsibilities.
Once employment is obtained, DSS and the Career Center provide supportive services to assist in maintaining/retaining employment. If cost effective, employment-related supportive services such as car repairs or insurance, transportation assistance, work clothes, etc. can be approved by DSS on a case-by-case basis. The goal of the Employment Program is to provide the needed resources and support to restore an individual to self-sufficiency.