May 03, 2011

Project News: Shelter Network Extended for Two Years!

by Amy Hamilton, Shelter Network Co-Chair 2010-11 and 2011-12

League Member Allison Felder working with Haven House residents during a Lifeskills workshop

The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula (JLPA-MP) is excited to announce that our collaboration with the Shelter Network in conducting the Lifeskills Workshop series will be extended for another two years! The project's success is due to the timeliness in our current economic climate and relevance to Shelter Network clients in transitional housing. The Lifeskills Workshops focus on basic but important skills such as Money Management, Time Management, Interview Skills, and How to Keep a Job for 10 clients per workshop. The goal is to provide training and confidence to the participants and ensure that the basic skills obtained are long-lasting. Some of the changes to the Workshops for next year include lengthening the Workshop sessions and a focus on communication of their successes.

The JLPA-MP was highlighted in The Shelter Network spring newsletter (Special 2009-10 Annual Report Edition), on page 5. Included below is the article text, to access the newsletter, click here.

Skills for Success
With a more competitive job market, our clients are seeking to improve their skills either in preparation to find work or to maintain existing employment. In response, the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula partnered with Shelter Network to provide life skills workshops at two of our largest shelters (First Step for Families and Haven Family House). "The information we received is very helpful," says Jeannie, a participant at a recent class. She and her husband were laid off last year, and have a 17-month-old toddler and a baby on the way.

"The workshops are timely because of the challenges in the economy," said Carla Cravalho, Junior League Project Co-Chair. "This is information that clients need now." She and project partner Amy Hamilton developed the curriculum, which includes interview skills, time management, tips for maintaining a job, and budgeting. Twenty members of the Junior League teach the workshops, which we recently learned will continue until 2014. For clients like Jeannie, the workshops offer practical assistance and hope.

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