Path of Life Ministries Receives $85,000 Grant From San Manuel
Path of Life Ministries Gets Funded to Cure Homelessness
Path of Life Ministries Receives $85,000 Grant From San Manuel To Increase Homeless Employment Program Services
RIVERSIDE, CA – It takes more than a house to cure homelessness. That’s why San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has invested in the Path of Life Ministries Employment Pipeline…Again! This time, the $85,000 grant will give homeless participants one-on-one support to get past their barriers and into a job.
[ecko_quote source=”Damien O’Farrell, CEO for Path of Life Ministries”]Most of our clients aren’t working and have a number of barriers to employment; transportation and clothing are the simplest problems to solve. San Manuel is investing in helping the get over the higher hurdles.[/ecko_quote]
The Path of Life Ministries Employment Pipeline has also received a $25,000 grant from SoCal Environmental Justice Alliance to start a Warehouse Training Program for their homeless clients. Partners enlisted to provide services include Smooth Transitions, Triple A Forklift, and Innovative Safety Solutions. The Employment Pipeline will build the employment relationships for job placement after training while the participants work on GED’s and occupational knowledge.
Unemployed homeless adults have obstacles to employment that have to be overcome before they can make use the normal workforce development channels. Transportation, proper attire, and a permanent address are the basics of getting hired. But what if you haven’t ever worked or have been homeless for years? This funding will allow a newly hired Path of Life Employment Navigator to work directly with the participant to help them learn the process, language, and actions to get employed and to coach them after to help them remain employed. The Employment Pipeline will also develop employer training to increase their understanding of what it takes to recover from the trauma of homelessness and become productive.
“Contrary to what many may believe, we do provide shelter for homeless people who are employed. However, most of our clients aren’t working and have a number of barriers to employment; transportation and clothing are the simplest problems to solve. San Manuel is investing in helping the get over the higher hurdles,” states Damien O’Farrell, CEO for Path of Life Ministries.
Path of Life Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving homeless individuals and families across Riverside County. We take a holistic approach to curing homelessness which includes community members, businesses, the faith community, and government. We provide a system of solutions including temporary shelter, permanent housing, child care, employment, and behavioral health programs. Our mission is to enhance the social and economic vitality of our community by rescuing, restoring, and rebuilding the lives of homeless individuals and families. In 2015-2016, Path of Life Ministries served 1,369 individuals including families with children. We placed 193 households into permanent housing. For immediate housing or shelter information, call our Housing Hotline at 951-462-9822.