News from FedcapChirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City, Visits Fedcap WeCARE Site
On April 22nd Chirlane McCray, New York City’s First Lady, visited the WeCARE Montague Street service site. Accompanying the First Lady on the visit were Human Resources Administration (HRA) Commissioner Stephen Banks, Customized Assistance Services (CAS) Deputy Commissioner Mike Bosket, and CAS Medical Director Dr. Elliot Gritz. CAS is an office within HRA.
Fedcap is the sole provider of WeCARE services in NYC, serving over 60,000 cash assistance clients with medical and/or mental health barriers to employment, helping them to achieve their highest levels of self-sufficiency.
Grant Collins, Senior Vice President, Workforce Development and Executive Director of WeCARE, and his team greeted the First Lady and provided her with an introduction to Fedcap and the WeCARE program. Grant led a tour of the facility that mirrored the flow of clients through the program, first visiting the case management department, where clients who have completed bio/psycho/social (BPS) evaluations are evaluated to determine their functional capacity for employment, followed by an overview of the program's innovative work readiness and job placement models..
The First lady met with several WeCARE clients—one in particular stood out. Timmy Thomas entered the program a year ago after struggling with substance abuse. He spoke openly with the First Lady sharing with her how grateful he is for the opportunity to get a job and have a real life. He told Ms. McCray that he could not have done it without the support provided by the WeCARE staff. Mr. Thomas has been employed full-time since November.
Grant provided the First Lady with WeCARE goals and benchmarks for 2014. The numbers are impressive; 2321 job placements were made in 2014, almost 200 per month, far exceeding the program’s goal of 145 per month.
The First Lady was engaging and gracious to all of the participants, and asked many insightful questions. As she left she said that she was “inspired” by the program. Further, Mike Bosket, CAS Deputy Commissioner indicated that Grant and his team did an “outstanding” job hosting the First Lady, and that the program fully meets the high standards CAS sets for its vendors.
Ms. McCray’s visit was a great honor for Fedcap.