Solving Homelessness Together

October Homeless Network Notes

Thursday, October 19, 2017 NETWORK Meeting Notes:


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Street Beats are available today and are green through the end of October.
  • Operation Hope: Free credit and money management workshops the last Thursday of the each month. Call 404-405-1570 for more information. OperationHOPE.org
  • REACH adult education program  (GED vouchers available for successful graduates) Classes Tuesday and Thursday 9am –12pm and 1:30-4:30pm at Open Door Community House 706-323-5518
  • Sexual Assault Survivors Group for adult female survivors. Please call 706-221-1033 for days and times.
  • Depression Workshop led by Family Counseling of Columbus on Tuesday, October 24 at 11am at the Homeless Resource Network
  • Hardaway High School is hosting a resource fair November 9. Please call Angela Fontain for more information 706-4748-2760.
  • Consolidated Plan for the State of Georgia is requesting input from the community. Please participate https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GAConPlanStakeholder
  • Muscogee County School District had 1300 students experiencing homeless under McKinney Vento definitions last year and has 791 students so far this year.  Please direct students and their parents to the District’s office on Macon road they do not have to have an appointment.
  • Open Door Community House is hosting a fall festival Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 2pm.  This event is for children up to age 15.
  • If you have an announcement you would like shared with the meetings list, please email Liz@HomelessResourceNetwork.org  and request your message to be shared.
  • Please email: Liz@HomelessResourceNetwork.org to be put on our meetings email list.

PROGRAM: 

Georgia Department of Labor        

700 Veterans Parkway Columbus GA

706-649-7423

https://dol.georgia.gov

 

Ms. Carolyn McGriff-Anderson, Employment Service Supervisor and Jacqueline Allen-Polite, Veterans Representative shared information about the Georgia Department of Labor.

Job seekers are asked to register with the Employ Georgia system at www.employgeorgia.com.  It lets job seekers put in past job/work experience and connects them with the Department of Labor.

 

At the office staff is available to assist the job seeker. One on one help is available to build a resume. Job seekers can fax, copy and use the telephone and computers for free to aid in job search.  A notary is also available. There is always someone on staff that can help.

 

What are the most common jobs? Customer service and the medical field are currently at the top.  Years ago manufacturing was at the top. It is starting to pick back up somewhat. There are projection sheets for top jobs in upcoming years.

 

There are recruitments every week.  AAFES will be recruiting for workers at the Department of Labor on October 24 from 9-11am.

 

The Disabled Veterans Outreach Program works with more people than the title implies; veterans, disabled veterans, caregivers, spouses and children, can all be served. The focus is on educationally or economically disadvantaged.  Ask for Fred or Jackie (the Veterans Program) and you will be directed to the separate computer lab in the back.  You may also call Jacquelyn Allen-Polite directly at 706-321-2632. 

 

Job seekers do not have to have their DD214 upfront but it will be needed for further referrals. But do not worry, the program can order documents including the DD214 and personnel records.  The program cannot serve “under dishonorable conditions” but can serve “bad conduct”, “other than honorable”, etc. just not “dishonorable”.

 

This is a National program and referrals can be made across the nation.  The program eliminates barriers to employment. They have the ability to be mobile and meet with the job seeker one on one.

 

A Wage Inquiry can be obtained by providing your Georgia ID or Driver License, an expired ID, School ID or Prison ID will also work. No photocopies and No Metra ID.  A wage inquiry shows the last 12 months of income (but not the current quarter). WBA stands for Weekly Benefit Amount.  Unemployment maximum is $330 a week for a maximum of 14 weeks.   A wage inquiry must show six months of wages to qualify for unemployment.  The law is based on the reason why you are not working.  Everyone is encouraged to apply for unemployment regardless of employer designation of fired or quit because every situation is different. You do not have to have the separation papers to apply.  The Georgia Department of Labor will assist with that process.

 

NEXT MEETING:

4:00 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017

Midtown Recovery

​Peace Liz

Elizabeth Dillard

Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811
Columbus GA 31902
706-571-3399
Fax- 706.571-0707