New Member: Phoenix Hometown Hires, Wilmington, North Carolina

Sep 12, 2017 No Comments by

The Alliance welcomes new member Phoenix Hometown Hires, a nonprofit in North Carolina’s Cape Fear region that helps job seekers attain employment and improve their economic stability.

Job seekers initially participate in Jobs Week, a 32-hour week-long workshop that equips them with skills needed to find and maintain employment. People who are working continue with weekly Life Skills workshops that build their financial management, communication and career development skills and help them advance toward long-term goals.

Job seekers receive one-on-one support from employment counselors, and working adults are paired with staff case managers and volunteer “co-partners” as an additional source of support.

Phoenix Hometown Hires was formed in 2015 with the merger of Phoenix Employment Ministry, founded in 2002, and Hometown Hires, an initiative formed by the local District Attorney, the CEO of Live Oak Bank, and United Way. The new entity builds on their shared legacy of supporting job seekers affected by poverty, including individuals at risk of homelessness or formerly involved in the criminal justice system.

Executive Director Will Rikard leads a team of eight staff who work closely with diverse local partners including the faith-based community, Probation Court, the Department of Social Services and addiction recovery organizations.

Last year, Phoenix Hometown Hires served 310 people through its Jobs Week and Life Skills programs, and placed 164 individuals into employment. They are exploring the feasibility of launching a staffing enterprise as a strategy to expand opportunities and supports for job seekers, while also creating an earned revenue stream and deepening their connections with local businesses and other community stakeholders.

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