MassHire Career Recovery Project
The MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board received U.S. Department of Labor Dislocated Worker Grant funding through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to help provide career development and training services to those impacted by the Opioid crisis. These funds were made available through the declaration of the Opioid Epidemic as a National Health Emergency. The state of Massachusetts was awarded up to $2,450,295 in funding to aid in the recovery of this public health crisis. The goal of the grant is to provide employment, training, and support services to eligible participants to prepare them for re-entering the workforce. The grant provides several pathways to employment, adjusted to suit each individual.
For eligible participants who volunteer that they have been impacted by the opioid crisis either directly or by association (family of the individual with a substance use disorder) the Career Recovery Project offers the following services:
- Disaster Relief Employment: Temporary subsidized employment related to the delivery of humanitarian assistance for those affected by the opioid crisis. This type of support is offered to those who have been unable to maintain a consistent work history, or who need more practical experience in the field of Social Services. Through this program MassHire has been able to provide additional staffing resources to local non-profit agencies serving the region and provide a supportive learning/training environment for our most vulnerable participants.
- Individualized Career Counseling: Each participant in the Career Recovery Project works with a Career Advisor from the MassHire Lowell Career Center to help guide them through the steps of discovering their ideal career path. Advisors use their skills and training to aid jobseekers in discovering what really drives their passion, and what tools they will need to achieve their career goals. When re-entering the workforce after struggling through the effects of the Opioid Epidemic, it can be challenging to set long-term goals. Career Advisors can help break it down into smaller steps and move forward with recovery. Career Advisors use some of the following tools to help jobseekers find their path:
- Job Search Assistance
- Career Guidance
- Goal Setting and Development of Action Plans
- Exploring Training Options
- Resume Writing Workshops
- Referrals to Alternative Resources and Additional Supports
- Financial Literacy Education: In partnership with Community Teamwork Inc. (CTI), each participant of the Career Recovery Project has an opportunity to participate in CTI’s Financial Literacy workshops. This three-session series takes participants through the basics of maintaining a healthy and sustainable budget, how to set long-term financial goals, and some individualized guidance on how to get finances back on track if things don’t go according to plan.
- Individualized Training Plans: For grant participants interested in a career pathway that requires certification, licensure, or advanced skills training; the Career Recovery Project offers the opportunity for scholarship and funding for a wide range of training programs. Eligible participants are able to attend certificate programs at local colleges, trade schools or other educational institutions.
Lowell House Addiction, Treatment and Recovery
Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office
The Lowell Bridge Club
The Meagan’s House Foundation
The Phoenix Gym at Middlesex Sheriff’s Office
Community Teamwork Inc.
The Life Connection Center
Abisi Adult Education Center
MassHire Lowell Career Center
For more information contact Alexis Ciccanti, National Health Emergency Project Manager, 978-805-4744 or firstname.lastname@example.org