More than 50 job seekers came to our PATH hiring event, and half of those were hired on the spot by employers who attended. PATH…
PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.) assists welfare applicants and recipients to become self-sufficient and integrated into the labor force, based on the workforce needs of Michigan’s current and emerging economy. PATH provides Family Independence Program (FlP) applicants and recipients with employment-related services, training and supportive services to obtain and retain employment. The program offers participants education and training opportunities and job search and job readiness activities to increase the participant’s income. It serves Family Independence Program (FIP) individuals from one- and two-parent families identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services.
Many families seeking cash assistance through the Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP) face significant barriers in securing and retaining employment. From child care to transportation and literacy, casewo￼rkers cite a long list of barriers that can keep families from achieving self-sufficiency.
PATH is a results-oriented work participation program designed for applicants for cash assistance. The program features a 21-day assessment period during which barriers to employment are identified and caseworkers work individually with clients to connect them with resources to address these barriers. The orientation and job placement program under PATH is administered by the Workforce Development Agency and Michigan Works! Agencies. The Southwest Solutions’ PATH program operates in partnership with Development Centers.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Workforce Development Agency work together to provide PATH services through Michigan Works Affiliates (MWA). PATH provides families receiving cash assistance with the following:
The primary goals of PATH are twofold:
Providing work readiness, computer literacy and barrier removal with access to financial coaching