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Employment Core Services for Low-Income Persons

Program Eligibility: Target population includes unemployed or underemployed low-income persons whose family household income is at or below 200 percent of the applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii. 

Check to view the Employment Core Checklist and requirement information. (Link opens file to view/print)

Program Overview: To prepare and assist unemployed or under-employed low-income persons in obtaining and maintaining employment.  MEO, through the employment services it has provided over the years, has experienced that many individuals, some of them long-term welfare recipients, often have multiple barriers to employment, lack the experience and skills to find and maintain a job, and are unable to achieve self-sufficiency on their own.

Course of the program includes:

♦   Outreach, recruitment, eligibility verification;

♦   Assessment, including identification of challenges and obstacles; a determination as to whether a person needs additional
      services for the highly challenged; and the development of an Individual Service Plan (ISP);

♦   Case management, with documentation of activities and progress for all participants, including all required Milestone

♦   Assistance with job applications, resumes, references, and interviewing skills;

♦   Frequent contact with the participants to assist them in being successful on the job;

♦   Arranging for additional assistance to overcome identified barriers;

♦   Data collection and regular reporting in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract between the State of
      Hawaii and MEO.

Preliminary intake assessment are conducted for potential candidates through initial interviews.  Since this program is based upon Federal Poverty Guidelines, proof of total household income needs to be determined in addition to copies of identification, social security cards, pay stubs, etc.  Once eligibility such as low income or highly challenged status are determined, intake and assessment proceeds.  MEO staff will formally assess each participant’s aptitudes, skills, interests, English language capabilities, family stability situation, and barriers to employment and job stability through a comprehensive intake process including administration of the Tests For Adult Basic Education (TABE), a nationally recognized system for assessing adult basic reading, math, listening, writing, and speaking skills, with a functional context.

Throughout this assessment process, an Individual Service Plan (ISP) will be developed.  The service plan will include, but not be limited to a determination of the participant’s needs, skills, career/employment goals, barriers to employment, and specific individual and family supports needed.  The plan must be signed by the participant to indicate the individual’s agreement with it content.

Once the ISP has been developed, mandatory pre-employment training must be conducted.  MEO’s Employment preparation and job development is a comprehensive, curriculum based approach to providing education and information useful to accomplishing the program’s overall goals.  This job readiness program is tailored to the needs of the individuals it serves as identified in the comprehensive assessment done by MEO staff during Milestone 1.  MEO equips program individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment and function effectively in workplace.  MEO’s Employment Preparation/Job Development program prepares eligible individuals to enter workforce, overcome barriers to success, and do the job they were hired to do.

Who we are

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs...


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