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Program Helps Adult Workers Achieve Living Wage Jobs and Family Stability

Posted on September 13, 2018

Rapid Growth Media

Many hard-working Michiganders struggle to pay the rent, feed their families, and put gas in the car. According to the MIT Living Wage Calculator for Michigan, two adults with two children each need to earn $15.37 to make ends meet. Many Michigan jobs pay little more than the $9.25 minimum wage.

In Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Mercy Health, and The SOURCE are partnering in WMCAT’s Workforce Development program to launch adults into careers that provide a living wage, opportunity for advancement, and the means to create a stable family environment.

Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Partners Reap Results with Career Training Model

Posted on July 13, 2018

Grand Rapids Business Journal

A career-training program founded in 2006 quietly has been building a network of partners and services to meet two needs—workforce development and income security for underemployed and unemployed adults. Grand Rapids-based West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) started its adult career-training program in 2006, a year after the nonprofit was formed.

Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

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Topics: community development, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, career training

Mile High United Way Invests $6 Million and Selects 100 Strategic Investment Grant Partners

Posted on July 12, 2018

United Way

Mile High United Way is proud to award $6 million in the 2018-2020 Strategic Investment Grants to 100 of the highest-performing organizations in Metro Denver. These selected partners are implementing strategies directly aligned with Mile High United Way’s four Community Impact Goals and demonstrate impact with measurable outcomes. Working together, we will be changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in our community.

Topics: community development, impact investing, good jobs

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Topics: community development, impact investing, good jobs

Operator Sees 5% Retention Increase through Multifaceted Approach to Workforce Issues

Posted on June 27, 2018

By McKnight's Senior Living

Recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge across all of senior living and post-acute care. One operator based in Colorado, where a 2.8% unemployment rate makes competition for high-quality workers especially great, is taking a multifaceted approach to address workforce issues.

Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities has rolled out several programs that the operator says already have resulted in a 5% increase in retention in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the turnover rate in 2017.

Topics: innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, good jobs, case studies, employee retention

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Topics: innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, good jobs, case studies, employee retention

Developing local solutions to help low-income workers succeed

Posted on April 17, 2018

Colorado Springs Gazette

For some, the U.S. economy is humming along: unemployment is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession, wages are improving, and the economic expansion that began in 2009 is poised to become the second-longest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

At the same time, many others feel financial uncertainty. For them, the  American Dream remains far out of reach. They're unsure about where they fit into today's economy. In today's changing economy, workers who have traditionally struggled to find well-paid, meaningful work need access to better opportunities. But to really expand economic opportunity for everyone, it's important to think beyond the simple metric of more jobs.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, WorkLab leadership

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, WorkLab leadership

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Posted on April 13, 2018

Slate

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

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Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

Mercy Connections Names Lisa Falcone Next Executive Director

Posted on April 12, 2018

Shelburne News

Shelburne resident Lisa Falcone has been named the next executive director of Mercy Connections, board chair John Bossange announced last week.

“[Falcone] brings experience, wisdom, and an understanding of the mission of Mercy Connections,” Bossange said in the announcement.

Topics: scaling the Model, WorkLab leadership

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Topics: scaling the Model, WorkLab leadership

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director at The SOURCE, named Influential Woman

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, workforce support, community development, WorkLab leadership

WorkLab Innovations Welcomes New Members Implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 14, 2017

Founding members of WorkLab Innovations welcomed the first cohort of four new members to its unique network of workforce development organizations and employers who are ready to lead, learn, and share best practices for implementing the Sustainable Workforce Model approach to their programs.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab leadership, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

WorkLab Innovations Receives Kellogg Grant to Expand Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 7, 2017

WorkLab Innovations, LLC has received a $775,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to replicate its Sustainable Workforce Model in three major U.S. cities. Through the grant, the national nonprofit will leverage its successes in its founding member sites to implement its groundbreaking program in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs