Frequently Asked Questions
(please refer to the Participant Handbook under the “Participants” tab on this site for additional information including exemptions)
To help you become employed by enhancing the job search skills you already have.
After orientation, you will be assigned a case manager. You and your case manager will then work together to achieve success in becoming better prepared to find employment. This includes everything from receiving information about community resources that help you with your basic needs, to connecting you with education and training services. Partner with your Employment First case manager to be successful.
It is a list of your employment information that best presents your skills. It helps you have everything in one place for when you’re ready to fill out job applications.
Think about if a past employer ever complimented you on anything, if friends come to you for a certain reason, or if you really enjoy a certain task. These could be considered your skills. You can also discover more of your skills here.
Employment first isn’t just about finding you a job; we understand that better jobs become more available with more education. Employment First allows study hours for classes such as GED preparation to be counted towards required hours.
The more time you are unemployed, the less sharp your skills become. Volunteering helps keeps these skills sharp as well as gives you experience to put on a resume, gives you possible references, and allows you to meet individuals that might have similar interests to you.
What if I can’t afford the cost of transportation or other expenses associated with what Employment First requires of me?
Discuss this with your case manager. Employment First may be able to assist with transportation.
These hours count towards Employment First’s required hours.
Your first option is to provide verification of where you were (such as a doctor’s or court appointment) right away. Your second option is to reschedule and attend your missed appointment within 10 days. If neither of these options work for you, EF’s policy is to start the sanction process. The first sanction causes your loss of food assistance for one month; at the second sanction you will lose food assistance for 3 months; and with 3 or more sanctions you will lose benefits for 6 months.
Visit your Employment First office and follow the directions your case manager provides. If the sanction hasn’t started yet (maybe you have just received a letter warning about your upcoming sanction) it is still possible to fix it. However, once the sanction starts, the entire sanction must be served or you must qualify for an exemption before you can receive food assistance again.
An ABAWD is an Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents. If you follow the Employment First program requirements, you may be able to receive more than 3 months of assistance.
Employment First classes are more frequent the first few weeks but then you will meet with your caseworker for appointments about once a month.
Your timesheet should be provided to your case manager at the time of your appointment.
Whenever possible written verification is requested. Click here to see a list of acceptable documents.
The workfare program is comprised of governmental agencies like libraries and non-profits like Goodwill and ARC. Ask your EF case manager what workfare sites are available in your area.
Employment First allows education to meet the requirements of the program. Your hours in both the classroom and for homework will be counted towards meeting the work requirement.
Generally, everyone in the household that eats together would be considered your FA household. Please contact your FA Tech if you have questions about household determinations.
The amount received in Food Assistance is determined by household size in combination with other factors. Click here to see typical allotments.
Employment First is a program for individuals on food assistance that assists in enhancing job seeking skills, developing volunteer work opportunities, providing on-going job search support, and connecting participants with needed support, education, and training services to work towards being self-sufficient. The Workforce center is a self-directed program that offers additional resources, workshops, training and information about jobs.
Yes, food pantries are still a resource you may access while in the Employment First program.