Harmon Personnel a key partner in Second Chance Initiative

Feb 14, 2018 No Comments by

Congratulations to member Harmon Personnel Services, a partner in the Second Chance Employment and Training Initiative, one of nine community-driven projects in Massachusetts to be awarded a $75,000 state Urban Agenda grant. The initiative aims to help people in recovery overcome complex barriers to employment and will incorporate Harmon Personnel’s staffing services, plus coaching, case management and skills training.

Other key partners in the initiative include Gardner Athol Area Mental Health Association, the Opioid Task Force and Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin Regions in Greenfield, which operates Harmon Personnel. Franklin Recovery Center, Franklin County Corrections, the Career Center and the Mass Rehabilitation Commission will also be involved to support participants’ transition to self-sufficiency.

During the next year, Harmon is aiming to place and support 120 individuals as part of this project, connecting them to jobs with a diverse range of employers, including manufacturers, food production facilities, schools, retailers and nonprofits.

Receiving the award on behalf of the initiative’s partners, Greenfield’s Director of General Administration Mark Smith commented, “It’s a hands-up opportunity for those looking for a second chance. Employment is an important piece to a holistic approach.”

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