The Journey to
AN EMPLOYMENT MODEL CONNECTING EMPLOYERS WITH WILLING AND ABLE JOB SEEKERS.
THE CW WAY
Crawford Works is being modeled after the proven and successful Cincinnati Works program that is transferable to communities “desiring to improve the placement and retention of their chronically unemployed citizens in a cost-effective manner”. The Cincinnati Works business model is scalable to local communities and has been recognized nationally for its “persuasive results” that measures job placements, retention, and tracks the number of members who reach self-sufficiency. In fact, the retention rate for members who stay employed continuous for one-year is an impressive 70 percent.
The Cincinnati Works business model used research and data to identify that traditional workforce development processes for unskilled entry-level workers is often ineffective at keeping the chronically unemployed, working.
Because the Cincinnati Works business model offers a scalable business model that is research based, accountable, outcome driven, and includes unique services that are both employer focused and holistic, the founders of Crawford Works have chosen to implement and adapt this business model in support of the citizens of Crawford County.
The Crawford Works approach offers support services to help Members successfully manage barriers to employment. These services include:
One-on-One Employment Coaching
Educational & Training Resources
Transportation & Housing Services
A Crawford Works membership is a lifetime membership. Moving from poverty to economic self-sufficiency is a process that often requires years to achieve and many obstacles to overcome.
WHO WE ARE
Crawford Works partners with all willing and capable people to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment. Using a holistic and collaborative approach, Crawford Works offers workforce development training and job placement opportunities through access to area employers, while providing comprehensive support services that will help to build a stronger and better prepared workforce.
Crawford Works is a new non-profit organization that has been created for the purpose of assisting all willing and capable individuals with advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment. Crawford Works, through a network of comprehensive employment services and employer partnerships, will serve two clients:
Job seekers who want to work their way out of poverty (Members)
Employers who pay a fair wage and offer health benefits (Employer Partners)
Job seekers in poverty face multiple barriers that prevent them from making a successful transition to steady and continuous employment. Barriers may include a pattern of broken commitments, mental health issues (often depression), lack of problem solving skills, unstable work history, lack of planning skills, lack of education, a criminal record, insufficient job skills, language barriers, legal barriers, poor financial literacy and money management, lack of transportation, or child care, or lack of confidence. Individuals and families that find themselves in a vicious cycle of poverty and dependency on public assistance do not usually have the ability to simply lift themselves out of their circumstances.
An effective approach to transitioning people into steady employment has to address the multiple barriers an individual faces and it must do so by addressing the whole person. This approach respects the dignity of the members while building them up to become responsible for themselves. Economically self-sufficient individuals are taxpayers, role models, and productive citizens who are able to provide for themselves and their families without public assistance.
By helping someone transition to steady employment, employers will benefit from a previously untapped source of entry- and mid-level workers; tapping into one of the largest labor pools available since women entered into the workplace during World War II. The community will benefit because there will be a decreased need for public resources and a solution-focused strategy to eliminate poverty in the county.
Poverty impacts individuals, families and communities. Cincinnati Works co-founder, Dave Phillips describes poverty in this way, “poverty is a cancer that keeps growing while killing our neighbors. Isn’t it time we come together to find a lasting cure for this disease?” In Crawford County, the economic and community impact of generational poverty is very real and apparent and the need to transition people into steady employment is serious.
There is no cost to become an Employer Partner or Member and our services are free to both.
INTERESTED IN EMPLOYMENT OR EMPLOYING?
Crawford Works is a four step process for job seekers that are qualified as willing and capable of working. Our strategy is to enhance job placement and retention opportunities for non-traditional and dislocated workers and address generational poverty issues faced by the community.
The first step that clients are required to fulfill is attending a five-day Job Readiness Workshop where they will learn about the following:
Completing Job Applications
Breaking Down Obstacles
The second step in the Crawford Works program will be the job search step where clients will gain access to a core group of employers, Internet, application assistance and interview feedback until they find employment. The program includes both training and placement for people to access job opportunities for a stronger and better prepared workforce.
The third step in Crawford Works will be to provide the support that is necessary to help the client retain employment. Regular contact for at least a year with both the client and the employer will help to ensure job retention.
The fourth step in the Crawford Works program will be advancement. Once a client retains the same job for a year, Crawford Work’s staff will assist the client with a plan to improve a skill, behavior, or educational component to increase the client’s marketability and therefore, their earning power.
INTERESTED IN EMPLOYMENT?
WHAT MAKES CW DIFFERENT?
Using a holistic and collaborative approach, Crawford Works will help members successfully manage obstacles that are impeding the member’s ability to retaining employment. Obstacles such as: financial and legal management and advocacy challenges, job coaching, and behavioral counseling, child care, transportation, educational/advancement resources.
The short-term goal for the unemployed is to help them stabilize in a job that pays entry level wages with health benefits.
The long-term goal is for the underemployed to earn 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and move towards economic self-sufficiency…becoming taxpayers and productive citizens who no longer require public assistance. Provide job lead information
Provide One on one coaching
Provide case management and follow-up with members and employers
The focus is not just placement, but also retention through the goals of ‘One Year at One Job’ and ‘Call Before You Quit’ policies.
Membership is for life. Participants become Members of the Crawford Works program and receive a lifetime membership for as long as they are employed or actively seeking work.
Crawford Works will partner with employers whose organizations regularly hire entry- to mid-level employees for positions that pay a fair wage and offer benefits after 90 days. We are continuing to build our employer partnerships.
There are no fees or hidden costs. Crawford Works wins when an employer hires our Members onto their team. The work of Crawford Works is being supported by a variety of sources including individual donors, foundations, and grants. To become an investor in your community or to make a donation, please click here.
Are you seeking prescreened job candidates?
Every CW Member has completed a drug screen and criminal background check.
We work with employers to understand their job requirements, work environment, and culture in order to supply job seekers who best fit the employer’s requirements.
Unsure if an applicant is a good fit for your organization? Are they lacking soft skills? Refer them to Crawford Works prior to hire and receive some valuable feedback before investing time and money into applicants!
Are you experiencing employee turnover?
CW Members voluntarily join and dedicate their time to our Job Readiness Program. This program helps them learn about employer expectations and how to improve their on-the-job- performance.
Our team provides support to help employees overcome tough work situations and make decisions that keep the employer’s interest in mind. Services include transportation, behavioral counseling, attire and more. These active services continue for a minimum of one year on the job.
Two-way communication between Crawford Works and the Employer Partner, as well as between Crawford Works and the Member, allow us to quickly address any issues and concerns that may arise.
Our pool of employer partners will continue to grow. These businesses share the CW vision and have a desire to help job seekers move towards economic self-sufficiency.
Our Core Employers provide:
Respectful management practices
Access to benefits
Interested in becoming an Employer Partner?
Call 419.310.4653 or click to contact us.
INNOVATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES (ISS)
TOTAL WAREHOUSING SERVICES INC.
BUCYRUS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BUCYRUS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICES
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of CRAWFORD CO.
CRAWFORD CO. JOB & FAMILY SERVICES
CRAWFORD COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH
GALION-CRESTLINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MANSFIELD ADULT EDUCATION
NC STATE CRAWFORD SUCCESS CENTER
SCAT (Seneca-Crawford Area Tranportation)
THE CARTER FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE CRAWFORD PARTNERSHIP
THE SALVATION ARMY
TOGETHER WE HURT, TOGETHER WE HEAL