20160225_112652aFeb 26, 2015 – In partnership with The Department of Homeless Services, and the New York City Council, HELP USA is now offering comprehensive job training, placement and support services to all of the homeless residents of Wards Island’s four transitional housing facilities.

HELP WORKS combines a two-week intensive job readiness course with sector-based skills training in culinary arts and security services.  In addition, the students in the culinary arts program spend time working at the Employment Center’s urban farm, where they learn how to grow the vegetables they will use as they work in the training kitchen.  These programs, operated on-site at HELP WORKS provide  all of the necessary training and support for homeless individuals to move confidently into the workforce. At the conclusion of the training, clients receive on-on-one sessions with professional job-placement counselors, and a full year of post-placement support, to ensure that they can get and keep good jobs.

The HELP WORKS program is also proud to feature a sport for social development initiative run by Street Soccer USA. This soccer-based personal development program stresses teamwork, mentoring, and life skills, and builds a sense of community and general well-being through sport.

HELP USA is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City.  HELP operates homeless prevention and transitional housing programs, and develops and manages permanent, affordable housing for formerly homeless and low income families and individuals.  An affiliate of HELP USA, Street Soccer USA operates programs in several municipalities across the country.