A partnership of five funders, led by Liberty Bank Foundation, met today with an alliance of local agencies who are working to bring the Massachusetts “Secure Jobs” model to southeastern Connecticut. Calling themselves “INTERSECT” (Integrated Network to Employment and Rehousing of Southeastern Connecticut), the coalition of agencies presented its plan for a two-year pilot program that will provide employment supports to families transitioning out of homelessness.
Secure Jobs is a model that was created in Massachusetts two years ago by the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation. It brings together agencies that provide services to the homeless, workforce investment boards, transportation agencies, educational institutions, childcare providers, and others to provide a support system that will help homeless parents gain and maintain jobs that will sustain their families and prevent a return to homelessness.
The INTERSECT partners include Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA), which is acting as the lead agency; the Economic Security Workgroup of the Partnership to End Homelessness in Southeastern Connecticut; Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality; Thames River Community Service; the Southeastern Mental Health Authority; United Way of Southeastern Connecticut; Norwich Human Services; and the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
Liberty has assembled a coalition of potential funders for INTERSECT’s Secure Jobs pilot: the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Dime Bank Foundation, Dominion Resources, and the Edward and Mary Lord Foundation. Among all five funders, we hope to raise $35,000 for INTERSECT, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Melville Charitable Trust. We’re delighted to report that Dime Bank Foundation has already approved a $5,000 grant. Over the coming months, the remaining funders will review the request, with the goal of having sufficient funding committed by June 30 to allow the program to launch July 1. Stop back here for updates!