SBEC among recipients of Employment and Training Innovation Grants from DHS

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller recently announced a more than $1 million investment to strengthen existing employment and training programs across the commonwealth by supporting solutions that address barriers to employment and help program participants as they find and maintain meaningful, family-sustaining jobs. Included among the recipients was St. Benedict Education Center (SBEC).

In expressing her gratitude Executive Director Nancy Sabol said: “One of the greatest frustrations is not being able to have a dramatic impact on helping participants overcome their barriers to employment. Our assistance helps them get by, but never more than that. With this grant, we hope to provide select participants with a real hand up – a way for them to pay their insurance, or buy gas, repair the car or get a taxi or Uber – anything that helps them with reliable transportation to get to and from work. These are just a few of the costs that eat into any budget and can easily become overwhelming. We are grateful to the Secretary for investing in creative problem solving.”

Per the State Department press release, the Transportation Barrier Remediation Grant allows transportation barriers to be addressed so as to improve job retention for St. Benedict Education Center EARN participants. Once a participant obtains a minimum 20-hour a week job, participants needing reliable transportation will become eligible for transportation assistance to help maintain employment. Transportation assistance will include assistance with costs to have a license reinstated, car repairs after TANF (Temporary Assistance for needy Families) has closed, and payment for transportation services to help clients maintain employment. Participants will use a single point of contact to help coordinate transportation needs. By eliminating transportation barriers, participants will improve their chances of retaining a job by eliminating expenses and issues around getting to and from work.

“This is wonderful news for SBEC,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “Nancy Sabol and the entire staff are truly committed to their work and to the participants in the programs offered at SBEC. They are doing a wonderful job of making a difference.”

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