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Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Website: http://tempoyoungadults.org/


Employment and Training Resources

1671 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(617) 928 0530
Website: http://www.etrcc.com/
Provides individual training programs and career services such as resume writing and interviewing skills. Accepts referrals from the Department of Transitional Assistance. Provides support for economically disadvantaged clients with financial barriers to employment and provides individual training programs.
Essex County Massachusetts assistance programs.
Food banks and pantries – Anyone who needs food, groceries, or perishable items can contact a food bank in Essex County. A number of churches, charities and non- profit organizations distribute food to tens of thousands of local families each and every year. Many of the food banks provide other forms of assistance as well, such as clothing, diapers, baby formula, Christmas meals and gifts, and maybe even limited financial help for bills or other basic needs. Find Essex County food bank locations, and get information on the services they administer.
Holiday help is available from charities and churches. There are also some government supported organizations, such as a non-profit community action agency, which can assist with the following.
• Christmas – Free toys, gifts, winter hats, boot, gift certificates, and other donate items are passed out.
• Thanksgiving – Hot meals, including a Turkey, are served to low income families.
• Easter – Some charities in Lawrence and other parts of the county offer this as well.
• There are a few places to try for help. Read more on holiday assistance in
Essex County.
Household goods, clothes, and seasonal programs are available at clothing banks. If a family does not qualify for free items at those centers, then thrift stores can provide those clothes, furniture and other items at a reduced price. Some of what may be provided from the Essex County non-profit organizations includes free Christmas assistance, winter jackets, general clothing items, and maybe even school supplies. Find Essex Massachusetts clothing centers.
Transportation is also difficult in Essex County Massachusetts. Low income families often need help commuting or free gas vouchers or bus tickets. Seniors need help getting around as well. There are resources, including free transportation for the disabled, that many of these local agencies can help with.


North Central Career Centers

Leominster Career Center/ Employment Links, Inc. 100 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-1481
Website: http://www.ccncm.com


Grafton Job Corps

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-7300
Website: https://grafton.jobcorps.gov/
Services: This is a residential educational and job training program in North Grafton, MA. It helps young people ages 16–24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Job Corps uses a career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employment skill and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. Registration: Job Corps is an open enrollment, year-round, education/vocational training program and registration is on-going throughout the year. Job Corps is free for eligible applicants.
Eligibility: At risk youth between the ages of 16–24.
Hours: Please call (508) 887-7300 for more information on the hours.
Payment: Free of cost
*To apply for unemployment insurance, go to Workforce Central at 44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608, or call (508) 799-1600. You can also call the TeleClaim center at 1-877-626-6800.
Career Training
Services: Grafton Job Corps provides career technical training in several vocational trades. Job Corps is committed to the development of green job training.
Outreach & Admissions Office
61 Harvard Street, 2nd floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 890-1999
Contact: In Worcester, call Dave Tirendi at (508) 890-1999. Those interested can also call the Grafton center at (508) 887-7398 and ask for Kristy.
Services: GED, drivers’ education and vocational training for youth (ages 16–24). Program is Monday–Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and is mostly residential with a smaller commuter component for young parents.


Gardner Career Center

25 Main Street, Gardner, MA 01440 (978) 632-5050 Website: http://www.unemploymentoffice.us


Tradewinds Clubhouse

309 Main Street Southbridge, Ma, 01550
(508) 765-9947
Services: Employment, education, and housing supports, recovery through work/friendship

Employment

Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 799-1600 / (508) 799-8000
Services: Career counseling, referrals to job openings, CORI assistance, job training, etc.

Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

(508) 767-3100 or 1-877-382-2363
Services: Employment and job training assistance.

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702 (508) 661-6600 / 1-877-382-2363

Monday–Friday, 7:45 am – 5:00 pm

Employment and Training Resources

1671 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701
(617) 928 0530
Website: http://www.etrcc.com/
Provides individual training programs and career services such as resume writing and interviewing skills. Accepts referrals from the Department of Transitional Assistance. Provides support for economically disadvantaged clients with financial barriers to employment and provides individual training programs.

Gardner Career Center

25 Main Street, Gardner, MA 01440

(978) 632-5050

Mass Rehab Commission

359 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608-1511
(508) 754-1757
Services: Assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment.

North Central Career Centers

Leominster Career Center/ Employment Links, Inc. 100 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-1481

Tempo Young Adult Resource Center

68 Henry Street, Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 879-1424
Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Training Resources of America

2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991
Services: Job training (especially in construction and customer service) for youth, adult education, ESL services, etc.

Training Resources of America, Inc

435 Main Street, Suite 2500, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 343-4452

United Way Fitchburg

649 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978) 345-1577

Worcester Public Schools – Nightlife Program

24 Chatham Street, Room 105, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090 / (508) 799-1986
Services: Vocational and career training, work force and continuing education classes, adult literacy and GED, etc.

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 200, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 754-1176 ext. 153
Services: GED preparation, pre-employment skills, education and career counseling, job and internship placement assistance, life skills workshops, case management, and summer job opportunities for youth and former o enders.

Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 799-1600 or (508)799-8000

MLK Business Empowerment Center

237 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 756-6330
Services: Free business consultation, access to business resources and training, reasonably priced workshops and seminars, etc.

Dress for Success

484 Main Street, Suite 101, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 796-5660
Services: Professional attire, support networks, career development tools for women.

American Red Cross Health Care Training

Nurse Assistant and HomeHealth Aide Training programs

2000 Century Drive, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 595-3700 / (978) 537-3339
Services: Provides the information and skills that will enable students to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, for clients at home and patients
in hospitals.

 
 

Job Corps

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 890-1999
Services: Residential educational and job training program in North Grafton, MA. Some commuter spots available.

* To apply for unemployment insurance, go to Workforce Central at 44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608, or call (508) 799-1600. You can also call the TeleClaim center at 1-877-626-6800.


Grafton Job Corps Career Academy

100 Pine Street, N. Grafton, MA 01536
(508) 887-7300

Outreach & Admissions Office

Location:
61 Harvard St 2nd Floor, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 890-1999

Contact:
In Worcester, call Dave Tirendi at 508.890.1999.

Those interested can also call the Grafton center at 508.887.7398 and ask for Kristy.

Services:
GED, drivers education and vocational training for youth (ages 16-24).

Program is Monday-Friday from 8am–4pm and is mostly residential with a smaller commuter component for young parents.

Registration:
Job Corps is an open enrollment, year-round, education/vocational training program and registration is on-going throughout the year.

Job Corps is free for eligible applicants.

 


Job Corps

32 Southbridge Street
Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 890-1999
Services: 

This is a residential educational and job training program in Worcester, MA. It helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Job Corps uses a career development training approach which integrates the teaching of academic, vocational, employability skills and social competencies through a combination of classroom, practical and based learning experiences to prepare youth for stable, long-term, high-paying jobs. It is a US Department of Labor program, and the Worcester location is one of 125 locations across the country. Job Corps helps change your life!

Eligibility:
At risk youth between the ages of 16-24.

Contact: 
In Worcester, please call Admissions Counselor Dave Tirendi at (508)-890-1999. Those interest can also call Grafton Job Corps Center at (508)-887-7300 and speak with the Records Office.

Tours are every Thursday at 10:00AM, please bring a photo ID.

Payment:
Free of cost

*To apply for unemployment insurance, go to Workforce Central at 44 Front Street, 6th floor, Worcester, MA 01608, or call (508) 799-1600. You can also call the TeleClaim center at 1-877-626-6800.

Career Training
Services:
Grafton Job Corps provides career technical training in several vocational trades to income-eligible young people. Job Corps is committed to the development of green job training.

 


American Red Cross Health Care Training

2000 Century Dr.
Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 595-3700 / (978) 537-3339

Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide Training programs

Services:
Provides the information and skills that will enable students to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, for clients at home and patients in hospitals. In addition to the hands on skills such as bathing and bed making, the program focuses on providing concerned individualized care that adheres to the five principles of care: Safety, Privacy, Dignity, Communication and Independence. Students benefit from small classes, with caring, well-trained teachers. They receive hands-on experience as they learn in realistic clinical settings.

Hours:
A combined 4 week (day classes) or 7 week (evening classes) Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide Training Program. The program is 126 hours and includes a CPR for the Professional Rescuer–Health Care Provider training.

Day Session 4 weeks: Monday–Friday from 8:30 am–3:30 pm, Clinical Day hours: 40 Hour Week

 Evening Session 7 weeks: Monday–Thurs from 5:30 pm-9:30 pm, Clinical Day hours: 40 Hour Week

Eligibility:

  1. Must be 16 years of age.
  2. Must attend an orientation and pass the Assessment Exam.
  3. Present a copy of a current negative TB or Chest x-ray.
  4. A physical within the current year with no restrictions to lifting or bending.
  5. Present current photo ID–Drivers License, Passport, or state issued ID card.
  6. A background check must be completed as a pre-condition to participate in the NAT/HHA program.

Payments:
A $625 enrollment fee is required to hold your place in class. Full payment is due 7 days prior to the start of class.


Dress for Success

484 Main St.
Suite 101
Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 796-5660

Services:
This international  organization helps disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. On her initial visit a woman receives a suit appropriate for the industry in which she is interviewing and, if available, accessories. After a woman finds a job she returns to Dress for Success for additional clothing that can be mixed and matched to make several outfits, providing her with the foundation for a professional wardrobe.

Hours:
By appointment only, Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 am–2:00 pm

Professional Women’s Group (PWG) 

Services:
Offers women ongoing support as they successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and prosper in the mainstream workplace. Once a woman joins the PWG she is a member for life, able to attend meetings at any affiliate throughout the world, and can benefit from additional employment retention and mentoring programs.


MLK Business Empowerment Center

237 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01609

(508) 756-6330

Services:
Participants are provided with one-to-one consultation service.  The staff is composed of business counselors, all the consulting staff has an MBA degree and valuable business experience, who can provide participants with relevant and accurate business advice. Consultation services are tailored to the individuals’ time table and goals. We realize that most pre-venture business planning can be a timely process.  By following the business plan template clients are educated in the areas of business entity declaration, federal and state tax enrollment, product and service development, market analysis, understanding competition and differentiation, forecasting and setting accurate sales goals, human resource issues, understanding financial documents such as cash flow statements, balance sheets and income statements, and risk analysis.

Growth and Opportunities through Applied Learning (GOAL) Institute

Services:
The purpose of GOAL is to offer workshops and seminars which are designed to give relevant, accurate and the most recent information available to help small business owners maintain a competitive advantage in today’s economy.The programs are run consecutively throughout the year.

Additional information:

Most of these classes are under $40.


Mass Rehab Commission

359 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 754-1757

Services:
MRC’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program assists individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. This includes work evaluation and adjustment services, assessment of technology, such as customized computer programs for persons with physical or sensory disabilities, job counseling services, and medical and therapeutic services.

It also works with employers to open more opportunities for its clients, educating the employers about the benefits of a diverse work environment. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program is mandated and regulated by the federal government while being administered through state government.

Eligibility:
Service is available to persons suffering from a disability. A referral is required along with an MRC Orientation, which is held every Wednesday at 10:00 am in their conference room.


Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)

Cash Assistance

Department of Transitional Assistance

50 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604

1-877-382-2363/(508) 767-3100

Massachusetts State Supplement Program (SSP)

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)

The Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled, and Children (EAEDC)

Department of Transitional Assistance (Framingham Office)

300 Howard Street, Framingham, Ma 01702

1-877-382-2363/(508) 661-6600      Monday – Friday, 7:30AM-5PM

SNAP: Food Assistance / Food Stamp

49 Nursery Lane, ste.101, Fitchburg, MA 01420

(978)665-8700    Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am – 5pm

1 North Street, Southbridge, MA  01550

(508) 765-2400    Office Hours: 7:30am – 5pm


Workforce Central Worcester

44 Front Street, 6th floor
Worcester, MA 01608

(508) 799-1600 / (508) 799-8000

Services:
Through the Job Seekers services Workforce Central Worcester is there to provide assistance to those who are beginning their work history or those who are looking for a new job.  They provide job training and financial aid is available to assist clients in their career path.  The program also operates a Youth Services and Veterans Services division.

Eligibility:

Workforce Central Career Centers can provide financial assistance for re-training to eligible applicants  18 years and over, you must reside or have been currently laid off their service area.

To participate in the program you will be asked to provide two documents:

  1.  Proof of Age in the form of a birth certificate or other legal document that contains your date of birth
  2. Work Authorization, this can be a copy of your passport, birth certificate or alien resident card indicating right to work.

New Leaf Program

Services:
This program has been designed by job experts and ex-offenders to help clients land the job that they want.  The first step is to apply for the Career Center Seminar, in which the client will have the opportunity to meet with job-readiness expert and talk about history and develop career goals.

 

Youth Services

Services:
Assistance with work readiness and job search assistance, work experience in the form of internship opportunities, training, counseling and mentoring.  Career development is also available with adult mentoring and follow-up services. Additional Youth Services include GED preparation, MCAS preparation and summer youth employment.

Veterans Services

Services:
Veterans receive top priority services.  Clients have the opportunity to meet with a Veterans’ Representative that will provide job assistance. Additionally they  can offer job leads, career planning, career training, resume services,use of personal computers, internet access, workshops and ongoing support, community outreach and other veterans’ resources.

Unemployment Insurance 

Services:

Walk-in customers may use the dedicated UI Online computer stations on a first-come, first-serve basis. Basic computer skills are needed for you to enter all personal and confidential claim information yourself when using the Online system.

 

Stop by the front desk to sign up. UI Online computer stations and printers are available Monday through Thursday, 8:45:00 am–3:00 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm. If you require assistance to fill out this application, please be advised that staff are available on the following days and times: Monday through Thursday, 8:45:00 am–3:00 pm and Fridays, 9:30 am–3:00 pm.

Older Worker Services

Services:
Offers mature workers assistance in re-employment, including coaching and counseling, internships, job referrals, on-the-job training at non-profit and government agencies and much more. To participate you must first attend a Careers Services Seminar and then ask for a referral.

 

 

 


Training Resources of America

2 Foster Street, 3rd floor, Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 753-2991

ESL and GED Classes

Contact:
Cynthia Vlasapy (Coordinator)

Services:
Free ESL and GED courses. Other programs also available through TRA such as ACHIEVE, Young Parents, Youth Build and Career Pathways course. Programs are guided to help Worcester residents improve language skills, obtain a GED (equivalent to a high school diploma) among other services.

ESL & GED evening classes ESOL Monday & Wednesday 4:30–7:45pm
GED Tuesday & Thursday 4:30 -7:45pm

Registration:
Registration is on-going.
Must call to schedule an intake (interview and testing) or to request information on the other services available through TRA. Most services are for those 16 and older, with the exception of Young Parents.

ACHIEVE

Services:
Serves out-of-school youth between the ages of 16 and 21, assisting with Adult Basic Education/GED preparation and more.

Young Parents:

Services:
Offers pregnant and parenting out-of-school youth, aged 14-21, who have not achieved a high school diploma with a variety of educational and life skills training.

Youth Build

Services:
Provides low-income, out-of-school youth, aged 16-24 with on-the-job, hands on construction skills training and GED preparation.

Career Pathways Course

Services:
Offered Monday – Thursday for ESOL students who want to improve their English, work on their job skills and find a career in Manufacturing

 


Worcester Community Action Council, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 203, Worcester, MA  01608
(508) 754-1176

GED Glasses

Contact:
Michelle Ramirez x 146
Linda Taylor x158
Alan Tubman x 181

Services:
The Worcester Community Action Council, offers GED preparation for young adults ages 16-25.  Test fee is covered for program program participants. Classes are free. Additionally they provide computer training and job placement assistance.

Registration information:
Ongoing registration, 9:00 am–3:00 pm.  Visit their website, WCAC.net, for more information.

 

Fuel Assistance:

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Services:
WACA provides eligible households, homeowners or renters, with help in paying a portion of the winter heating bills. Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of all the members of the household that are 18 or older.

Immigrants and persons without social security are eligible to apply for this program.

Additional information:
First time applications can send in their application between November 1st and April 30th, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9:00 am–11AM and 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

In addition to the services listed above you may also be eligible for weatherization and heating repair programs appliance programs, that provide you with energy saving information, replaces light bulbs and refrigerators with energy efficient models.


Worcester Public Schools

24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-3090

WPS Adult Learning Center

Services:
The WPS Adult Learning Center offers a variety of programs at this main location and other branches throughout the city. The Family Literacy Program runs Tuesday and Thursday for daytime hours, 9:00 to 11:30 am and evening hours are 5:30 to 8:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The also offer GED & ESL courses, Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 to 11:30 am. The evening classes take place Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 to 7:30.

Citizenship Classes are also available, please call for more information.

Registration Information:

Free of charge.

Head Start: 

770 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

 (508) 799-3237

Fax: (508) 799-3633

Recruitment & Enrollment Information: (508) 799-3608

Services: Head Start is a federally funded preschool program whose focus is to provide quality instruction and education with an emphasis on early literacy and mathematics. Children leave Head Start prepared for elementary school and a successful transition to kindergarten. Teachers use research based curriculum. Instruction is provided in both individual and small group settings. The classroom environment and teacher instruction provide opportunities for each child to develop at their own pace in a stimulating and challenging setting.

Comprehensive services are provided to both the child and their family.

These services include:

Health screenings and education

Oral Health screenings and dental education

Nutritional services

Special Needs identification and support services

Social Service support and referrals

Family Involvement activities including Adult Education opportunities

The program services 615 children and families who reside in the City of Worcester. Each Head Start building is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Limited transportation is provided and multilingual staff are available to assist families.

 


Department of Transitional Assistance

9 Walnut Street, Worcester, MA 01608
1-800-445-6604 /(508) 767-3100

Cash Assistance

DTA–Cash Assistance

Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC):
Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) is a government program that gives cash and health insurance to needy families with dependent children. It is a state and federally funded program which provides cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women in the last 120 days of pregnancy, with little or no assets or income.

Requirements:

  • Have at least one dependent child under 18 or 19 (including teen parents) OR pregnant women with no children (the child is expected to be born within 120 days of the application).
  • Must meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant
  • Live in Massachusetts.

 

Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC):
Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) is a Massachusetts state-funded program that provides cash and medical assistance to needy families and individuals who are not receiving TAFDC, SSI, or other similar benefits.

Requirements:

  • Unable to work due to a physical or mental incapacity which has lasted or will last at least 60 days and meets the Department-established medical standards for disability;
  • Over 65 years old and waiting for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to begin;
  • Caring for a child living in the home and not related to the individual;
  • Participating in a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission program; or
  • Required to be in the home to care for an incapacitated individual who would have to be institutionalized if someone does not provide the care in the home.
  • Meet income and asset limits
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal immigrant.

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