Fedcap Breaking the Cycle Program Having a Huge Impact in Maine
Since its January 30th launch, Fedcap’s Breaking the Cycle program has had a remarkable impact on needy families in the State of Maine.
State officials praised the program at an April 12th event in Augusta to showcase the program’s impact. The Breaking the Cycle program was established after Maine officials selected Fedcap to provide statewide services under their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, called ASPIRE. The state had not met TANF work participation rates and believed Fedcap could do a better job. There are approximately 3200 TANF cases throughout Maine.
Early results show remarkable impact. To date, Fedcap has received referrals of 2,311 existing ASPIRE Participants and over 300 new TANF applicants. Almost all are engaged with Fedcap’s Power of Possible job readiness training. Over 300 program participants have been placed in jobs, and 246 agreements have been executed with employers and non-profit work sites statewide.
The event was attended by Mary Mayhew, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Independence Director Beth Hamm, Fedcap Senior VP of Workforce Development Grant Collins, Serena Powell, Senior VP of the New England Region and others. WCSH Channel 6, the NBC affiliate for the Portland-Auburn market, covered the event and provided powerful video testimony from individuals and families who have benefitted from the program. Please see the video and photo gallery above.
"I am so proud of the work being done through our contract with Fedcap,” said Commissioner Mary Mayhew. “The personal stories shared by participants who have struggled with self-confidence and employment barriers who are successfully advancing on the employment path proves what this administration has been saying for so long - the best way out of poverty is a job. The self-confidence that comes with a paycheck cannot be understated. The program's ability to build a curriculum and plan based on an individual's skills set and strengths will provide them with the best opportunity to be successful and self-sufficient."
“We are very fortunate to be in position to provide a wide range of services to help so many more succeed in work, said Fedcap Senior VP Grant Collins. “The testimonials of our participants are powerful as they speak of the impact our staff has already made on their lives.”
At the event Grant announced the upcoming May 1st rollout of The Fedcap Academy, an online distance learning portal that will provide Maine residents with access to thousands of online training modules, each developed to provide specific work skills.