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CAP COM Federal Credit Union supports Unity House’s Employment Services Program with $15,000 Grant



CAP COM Federal Credit Union has provided a $15,000 grant to Northeast Career Planning at Unity House to create EmploymentU, a pilot program to serve individuals from the hospitality industry who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19.

EmploymentU will provide employment services to those who need support as they prepare for work in new fields. With the disappearance of many jobs in the hospitality industry, many individuals need to redefine and transition their skills to get employed in new industries and start new careers. Participants will undergo an initial intake process and an evaluator will determine which training and supports best meets their needs.

“The vocational evaluation process is the first step in helping participants identify their vocational strengths and barriers,” said Nancy Rider, director of employment services at NCP at Unity House. “For those who were displaced because of the pandemic, the assessment will help guide them in setting new goals for employment.”

Participants may receive some or all of the following services: resume creation, application assistance, interview skills training, job development and employer advocacy, job placement, and both on-site and off-site job coaching. The services are person centered and will be offered according to each person’s individual needs.

“The pandemic has hit the hospitality industry very hard and we recognize that many who were formerly employed in that industry may need some extra support to find new employment,” said Chris Burke, Unity House CEO.  “This grant will help us serve those who need that support and help them get back to work.”

“The CAP COM Cares Foundation is excited to support Unity House’s new EmploymentU program,” stated Becky Daniels, director of community engagement, CAP COM Federal Credit Union. “People in the hospitality industry have felt a tremendous impact over the last year, and the EmploymentU program will help those hardest hit to learn new skills and find a pathway to sustainable employment. Workforce development is an area of focus for our foundation and we are so proud to support this initiative.”

The goal of the pilot project is to serve 15 individuals with at least 10 of them securing employment within one year and maintaining employment for at least 90 days.

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