Rainier Essay

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Ele ctr on ic Ha llw ay ® Case Teaching Resources FROM THE EVANS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS T he Box 353060 · University of Washington · Seattle WA 98195- 3060 www.hallway.org “MAKING WORK PAY” FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS: JOBS PLUS and the Challenges of Serving a Diverse Population (A) Training Day At 7:45 on a Monday morning in October, 1998, Alice Rhodes was hurrying to put the finishing touches on teaching materials for an 8:00 employment training session. She was anxious to begin the first of a series of trainings for the Jobs Plus National Demonstration Project at Rainier Vista, a public housing site in Seattle, Washington. As she set out the teaching materials, Rhodes thought about her role in the Jobs Plus program and the residents she had come to know and care about. Never before had she worked in a community as diverse as Rainier Vista or come into contact with people who had lived such complex and disparate lives. Rhodes felt committed to ensuring that Jobs Plus reached its goal of improving the overall quality of life for all public housing residents at the Vista. Yet, achieving that goal in a community where twenty-two different languages were spoken and a wide array of cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, and religions were represented was sure to be a challenge. The Jobs Plus National Demonstration Project aimed at “making work pay for public housing residents” through the implementation of rent incentives, employment training, and supports for community mobilization activities. Jobs Plus administrators hired a local nonprofit, Washington Works (WAW), to provide employment training to Ranier Vista residents. Nationally recognized for its high retention and graduation rates and for its innovative “personal transformation” approach to moving women on welfare into gainful employment, WAW struck Jobs Plus administrators as the most qualified

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