Monday, July 20, 2009

Recovery Act Grant Will Bring Vocational Services to BCI Sussex

BCI has been awarded a grant to add a vocational training program in Sussex County. The program will teach clients financial autonomy and help them find and keep employment. It will serve 100 clients in Project Renewal, who typically are homeless, have a substance abuse history of over 8 years, and have three or more treatment failures.

The vocational services are a much-needed addition to Project Renewal’s outpatient and intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, mental health and primary healthcare treatment, intensive case management, and ancillary services. Our goal is, at six months after admission, for 50% of clients to have improved employment and income.

The grant funds are part of the 2009 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) fund. First State Community Action Agency, in partnership with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services/Division of State Service Centers awarded these one-time funds for the period July 15, 2009 through September 30, 2010.

The goals of the CSBG Recovery Act are:
A. Reduction of poverty serving individuals and/or families at or below 200% of poverty guidelines;
B. Empowerment of low-income individuals and/or families to become self-sufficient; and
C. Revitalization of low-income communities.

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