Where to Find Us
Our Model is available to employers through WorkLab’s growing network.
Surge Center, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
3111 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48208
West Michigan Works Website
Connect for Success ® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing employee turnover, increasing productivity and supporting career advancement by reducing the obstacles and challenges that keep employees from performing their best at work.
The SOURCE is a nonprofit employee support organization designed to help employees keep their jobs, receive training to enhance their employment and help workers move into better positions within or across companies. They accomplish this by combining the best resources of the government, area nonprofits and private employers.
Working Bridges, understands that barriers such as childcare, reliable transportation and acute need for emergency financial assistance get in the way of continuous employment and derail good employees. To tackle this issue, they joined forces with a group of forward-thinking employers and other community partners to found Working Bridges, a public-private, multi-sector employer collaborative. Together, they seek business solutions for job retention and decreased absenteeism and use the workplace as a platform for social services.
WorkLife Partnership is the first nonprofit organization in Colorado to deploy strategic talent engagement and retention programs that deliver a proven ROI. The Sustainable Workforce Model engages human capital, increases economic opportunity for families through work, protects the bottom line and builds more inclusive workplace cultures. WorkLife Partnership connects employees in need with resources that provide long-term impact and stability.
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit launched the Surge Center in 2018, an employer-led membership program to support employment of low- and moderate-income individuals and to advance company growth and personnel retention in Detroit.
The Surge Center team works one-on-one with employees to develop a personalized plan to guide them through addressing barriers to long-term employment such as unreliable transportation, unaffordable childcare, legal assistance, and debt management, in addition to other concerns. With access to these supports, employees are able to retain employment, focus on long-term goals and prepare for advancement.
We’re so proud to bring this model to Metro Detroit,” said Dan Varner, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “This program will add a dimension of human resources to our partner employers, allowing them to share in best practices that will support and empower their employees, strengthen their organizations and deepen their role in our community.”
The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) was founded in 1983 and serves as the community foundation for Southeast Louisiana with a mission to create vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all. GNOF’s signature workforce initiative, New Orleans Works (NOW), connects low and middle skilled workers to jobs offering career pathways and growth opportunities.
New Orleans Works (NOW) began in 2010 through a Social Innovation Fund grant from the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. It is one of 35 National Fund for Workforce Solutions sites in the nation. NOW launched New Orleans Workforce Innovations to offer the Sustainable Workforce Model to local employers.
Headquartered in Chicago’s Loop, OAI is a premier workforce education, training and development agency founded in 1976. Following affiliations with Northern Illinois and DePaul Universities under the name “Office of Applied Innovations,” OAI, Inc. began operating as a freestanding 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency in April 2001.
OAI’s mission is to create an environment in which all people who desire to do so can access education, training, and work that will allow them to sustain and enjoy safe, secure, and fulfilling lives. OAI realizes its goals through a combination of Pre-Employment Education and Training Programs and Incumbent Worker Training, primarily for frontline workers. In Illinois OAI operates training programs through its main downtown Chicago, and Park Forest-based Southland offices. Outside of Illinois, their largest environmental careers and health and safety programs are conducted primarily through partnerships in Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas and Virginia.
Workforce Connection is an employer-based workforce solution, bringing best practices to workplaces to positively impact entry-level employees. When wages don’t meet life needs or there are barriers to consistent and successful job performance, employees receive help accessing necessary resources, ongoing skills training, coaching and counseling to overcome challenges to a successful and productive work/life trajectory. Workforce Connection professionals partner with human resources and frontline supervisors to conduct assessments, make recommendations and build ongoing collaboration. Workforce Connection is a division of Cincinnati Works, a nonprofit founded in 1996 to assist those in poverty to advance to financial independence through employment.
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