After five days of intensive classroom training, Rural Works is happy to announce the graduation of the first four Franklin County participants from the job search workshop, who are on their way to gainful employment.

River Valley Resources (RVR) of Madison has contracted with Cincinnati Works to bring their successful program to the unemployed and underemployed of rural Indiana. They have been providing services to residents of Decatur and Jefferson counties. And now, thanks to funding from the Franklin County Community Foundation, United Way of Franklin County, Franklin County Courts and the Duke Energy Foundation, RVR is able to bring Rural Works to our community.

RVR's implementation of Rural Works has a short-term goal of helping the unemployed find a stable job paying between $7.25 and $10 per hour with health benefits. Their long-term goal is to help the underemployed earn 200% of the federal poverty level.

Entry into Rural Works starts with a week-long workshop where job-seekers learn the steps involved in a job hunt. A job search doesn't begin and end with filling out an application. The workshop teaches jobseekers how to find the right job opportunities, how to write a resume, basic computer skills, how to complete an application and how to interview with prospective employers.

Once completing the workshop, Rural Works provides case management services to job-seekers. Program participants are provided with one-on-one coaching leading up to landing a job and continuing through their first year of employment. Rural Works aims to help people attain economic self-sufficiency; reaching a point where they will no longer rely on public assistance and become taxpayers themselves. They know they may not find their dream job right away, but are taught the “ABC's”: A job, Better job, Career.

Rural Works is free to participants. Those interesting in joining the program must pass a drug screen and submit to a background check, but former offenders will not be excluded. Participants must attend a week-long workshop in the office of the Franklin County United Way in Brookville. 
Anyone interested in learning more about the program can contact Carolyn Bunzendahl at 317-383-9316.