The Supportive Assistance for Individuals and Families (SAIF) is a workforce development program that offers a safety net for those individuals who are receiving General Assistance and nearing the end of their five-year lifetime benefits. Through intensive case management, life skills training, benefits counseling, referrals to job readiness programs, linkages to medical care and other counseling services, program participants are provided with the essentials to gain self-sufficiency. Job readiness programs and life skills are also provided to the SAIF program participants through a series of weekly workshops.
The NESF SAIF program workshops are provided on a weekly basis. Workshops are offered on the 1 st and 3 rd Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 6:30pm and Every 3rd Saturday from 10:00am – 12:00pm. We have facilitated and hosted over 150 workshops since 2014. Each workshop is designed to target and meet the clients’ needs and goals and address those unique obstacles and barriers. The workshop themes are as follows:
- Employment – Resume Writing, Interviewing Skills and Techniques (Mock Interviews), Job Coaching, Entrepreneurship, 30 second elevator pitch-(selling yourself), presentation, Online Job Applications (How to apply online), following up on resumes and interviews (when and how to follow).
- Empowerment – Continued Education, Identity Theft Prevention, Male and Female Empowerment, Group Wrap Sessions, Life Skills
- Wellness – Financial Wellness (Preventing Identity Theft, Opening and maintaining a bank account, balancing checkbook, writing a check, financing) as well as Physical and Mental Health (addressing those health issues related to diabetes, hypertension, depression, substance abuse. terminal diseases, etc).
This program is referral-based by the Essex County Division of Welfare.