The People Concern does everything possible to assist our program participants to increase their incomes in order to become as self-sufficient as possible. Since many of our program participants have medical or physical disabilities, our staff begins working with program participants from the first point of engagement to assist them in applying for any benefits to which they are entitled. These benefits are crucial to their ability to pay their rent as they obtain housing.
Once benefits are secured, the agency provides a full service Money Management program for program participants and individuals who have chosen to deposit their government benefits and other income with the agency. As part of its service offering, program participants receive personal banking services including financial counseling, budgeting and bill payment services, and financial literacy support groups - all geared toward helping these vulnerable adults take control of their finances.
In addition to benefit assistance and money management, The People Concern offers other avenues for program participants to earn income including:
Micro-enterprising: Daybreak Designs, a creative goods microbusiness run by Cloverfield Services Center program participants. Proceeds from sales go to the program participants and to fund operating expenses. Art work created in conjunction with the agency’s Arts Program, an arts studio and creativity center for the Skid Row neighborhood, is made available for purchase with proceeds going to program participants and to fund program expenses.
Job Training: The agency refers program participants to Chrysalis, a local non-profit employment agency, for job training and skill-building opportunities.
Stipends: The People Concern’s Stipend Program offers program participants an opportunity to assume a meaningful work role within The People Concern, in exchange for a monthly stipend. Roles available to program participants include gardening, meal preparation, operating the “Clothes Closet”, and assisting with program participants’ move-in. The program has been linked with increased self-esteem, decreased substance abuse and greater social interaction.