A key part of our mission to strengthen Hispanic families is to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Esperanza’s workforce development programs equip people with the job readiness skills they need to find and keep employment, and to develop sustainable income levels.
Since 2007, Esperanza has received state government funding to operate the Employment Advancement and Retention Network Center (EARN), the standard model in Pennsylvania for helping welfare recipients enter or re-enter the workforce.
Through a combination of intake and assessment, case management, job skills instruction, and job search assistance, we support our clients as they take steps forward in their career paths. Our proven, best-practice model has demonstrated effectiveness in assessing people’s unique needs and providing the right kind of intervention to help them move toward success in their long-term careers.
Our EARN Center currently serves over 2500 people per year. We have achieved great success with the people we serve, and for the past 4 years we have been the highest performing of all EARN Centers in Philadelphia, in terms of getting people jobs and helping them keep those jobs.
Clients who succeed in finding employment through our program start at an average wage of $9.00 per hour, and 74% of clients who find employment keep their jobs for 6 months or longer.
We achieve these success rates despite the considerable challenges our clients face: For example, the average literacy level of clients upon entering the program is between 4th and 5th grade, and 98% of our clients are single parents.