Friday, March 24, 2017

Pottstown Works Kicks Off, Names Program Director

Nancy March
Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Salvation Army of Pottstown.

The Salvation Army of Pottstown has officially launched Pottstown Works, a program aimed to combat poverty and boost economic development by connecting the unemployed and under-employed with job opportunities. 

The Salvation Army has appointed Nancy March as Program Director. She will work under the direction of Wendy Egolf in establishing the program to teach job readiness skills to the unemployed and partner with businesses to meet workforce needs. 

The announcement was made by Major Frederick Clarke, Co-Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of Pottstown. March is the former editor of The Mercury and also serves as an adjunct instructor at Reading Area Community College. 

She will direct the Job Readiness Workshop classes and business partnerships of the program, as well as community outreach.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Nancy’s experience in community leadership take on this program,” said said Wendy Egolf, Director of Housing Programs, The Salvation Army of Pottstown., who has been involved with a team of core volunteers in the startup. “This is an ambitious undertaking, but we’re confident that we are bringing something that is needed in Pottstown. 

Pottstown Works is now partnering with local businesses and non-profit agencies with a goal of training its first class of participants this summer.

The program is modeled after Cincinnati Works, which has helped thousands of people find and keep jobs. Its success is being implemented in cities and towns throughout the U.S. with Pottstown as the first project in Pennsylvania, according to Dave Phillips, co-founder of Cincinnati Works. 

The program model is unique in its partnerships with businesses, providing coaching to members and getting feedback from employers during their first months in a job to reduce conflict and turnover. As a result, Cincinnati Works has achieved an 85-percent job retention rate for its members after one year and a dramatic reduced turnover rate for businesses hiring entry-level employees.

“Everyone talks about jobs – we’re trying to do something about it, helping people find and keep jobs that will lift up their families and the overall community,” Egolf said.

Your can read more about Pottstown Works here and here.

The Salvation Army of Pottstown serves thousands of individuals and families each year through a multitude of programs and services. 

These include: The Lessig-Booth Family Residence, Transitional Housing Program, Pottstown Works job training, holiday assistance, character building for youth and adults, and Pathway of Hope, a new intensive case-management initiative to help motivated families achieve self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, 

The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.

Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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