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Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need
Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said. "This assistance allows program participants to provide for themselves and their families and establishes a clear pathway to financial stability and independence."

The money given to Goodwill of North Georgia covers services for up to four years. This includes three months of implementation, two years for enrollment and 12 to 21 months of activity for 500 participants.

Goodwill of North Georgia is one of seven U.S. organizations to receive a portion of the $39.7 million in grants from the Department of Labor. At least $15 million of the funding will help ex-offenders get back on their feet.

The participating organizations will partner with local employers and agencies for child support enforcement and criminal justice to leverage the specialized expertise that will allow their programs to succeed. They will also participate in random assignment impact evaluations to assess the effectiveness of their programs.

Get more information on Department of Labor training programs here.