April 20, 2020
Our workforce development teams in Baltimore and Washington, DC continue to work with youth and adults remotely as they navigate unemployment during the current crisis. Unemployment is now at record levels and essential services are in higher demand than ever, with many businesses actively recruiting entry-level talent to fill positions in warehouses and delivery, food stores, and hospital sanitation. Our Living Classrooms case managers are working with local businesses to identify opportunities in these areas and assist our clients in filling out applications for roles that will help them ensure sustainability for their families.
Staff members are also actively responding to clients’ additional needs, including access to food, household and hygiene supplies, rental relief assistance, and other needs that continue to arise in the face of growing uncertainty. Staff is reaching out remotely to all clients to conduct daily wellness checks and needs assessments so that we can respond accordingly with the goods and services that will help each person and family through this difficult time.
These are uncharted waters for many that we serve so we are working hard every day to respond to evolving needs so that we can remain a valuable resource for all who need us. For example, many of our families do not meet the minimum income required to file annual taxes, therefore making them unidentifiable to the administration distributing stimulus checks. The U.S. Treasury recently launched an online tool to help non-filers receive their check. In response, our staff is now able to assist families who do not have computer and internet access in submitting their information.
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Article by Living Classrooms Staff Writer