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UPwards EmploymentAssistance with job training and searches

The UPwards Employment program is dedicated to assisting people experiencing or at-risk for homelessness in finding and maintaining employment. We offer support at every step of the journey, from crafting polished resumes to providing ongoing workplace support. Our overarching aim is to enhance their economic well-being and foster long-term stability.

UPwards Employment operates in two parts: Safe Haven Career Enhancement (CE) and Assisted Competitive Employment (ACE).

We understand that sustainable employment is fundamental to achieving overall well-being and attaining an improved quality of life. By empowering individuals with the skills and resources needed to succeed in the workforce, we pave the way for a brighter future for all.

How We HelpPersonalized Assistance and Support

UPwards Employment relies on the power of the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model to transform lives and promote sustained stability for people experiencing or at-risk for homelessness. Unlike traditional employment programs that focus solely on job placement, this model uses a holistic approach that addresses each individual’s comprehensive needs and goals.

In our IPS model, the focus goes beyond securing employment by ensuring that individuals receive personalized support tailored to their circumstances. This includes:

  • Personalized Assessment: Each participant undergoes a thorough assessment to identify their skills, strengths, interests, and barriers to employment. This information guides the development of a customized employment plan, aligned with their goals and aspirations.
  • Integrated Services: Our program integrates employment services with other support services, such as housing assistance, mental health care, substance use treatment, and financial counseling. By addressing multiple needs simultaneously, we enhance each person’s overall well-being and increase their chances of success in the workplace.
  • Ongoing Support: We provide continuous support to participants throughout their employment journey, from job search assistance and interview preparation to on-the-job coaching and accommodations. Our employment specialists remain actively involved, offering guidance and encouragement to overcome challenges and navigate workplace complexities.
  • Focus on Retention: Securing employment is an important milestone, and retention is the next step. We work closely with employers to create supportive work environments and provide ongoing assistance to ensure those we serve maintain employment and thrive in their chosen careers.

By implementing the IPS model, we empower individuals to not only secure employment but also to achieve sustained stability and economic well-being. Our comprehensive approach addresses the root causes of homelessness and empowers individuals to build a brighter future.

  • Career Enhancement

    Our internal Career Enhancement (CE) program is available to anyone residing in one of our Safe Havens. Individuals attend three weeks of job readiness workshops before completing a nine-week internship at one of our sites. We’re always looking for businesses to partner with to help participants transition into permanent employment.

  • UPwards Employment Program

    Assisted Competitive Employment

    Our Assisted Competitive Employment (ACE) program helps New Yorkers find and keep jobs. Serving over 80 people a year, we offer a Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model with services such as job readiness training, resume and search assistance, and ongoing workplace support. Services are provided to people for at least six months after they begin employment to ensure retention and long-term success. We are currently accepting candidates on a rolling basis at both the Bronx and Manhattan offices.

A gift of $100 can provide someone with new clothing for a job interview.