Program Enhances Career Outlooks for Individuals on Food Assistance

Michigan Works! Southwest is now offering training opportunities and job placement assistance through the Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T) program, which enhances career outlooks for individuals currently receiving food assistance.

The FAE&T program helps individuals connect with employment and training activities — job search, job search training, workfare, work readiness, basic literacy and vocational training — that will improve their ability to obtain and retain regular employment and increase self-sufficiency.

Additionally, FAE&T offers many supportive services and can assist participants with resources from work clothing, Michigan ID and transportation assistance.

Eligible individuals must meet the following criteria:

Interested individuals can contact Jim Hollis at 269-716-2840 or Jamar Johnson at 269-330-1381 to begin the referral process and attend a virtual orientation to learn more. Upon enrollment, individuals are assigned a career coach who will work closely with participants.

Career Coach Jim Hollis sees the benefits of the program every day. “We’re here to offer you training, resume assistance, individualized coaching – all the good stuff,” he says.

Once enrolled in FAE&T, participants will engage in some or all of the following activities: workfare/work experience (community service) for a mandated number of hours determined by DHHS, job search, employability skills workshops, training and employment.