Homeless or risk of being homeless in San Joaquin County and/or formerly in custody.
The Ready to Work program seeks to reduce the number of homeless people in San Joaquin County by helping individuals with a history of homelessness or involvement in the criminal justice system rebuild their lives and the lives of their families. Clients are active participants in their own success, and learn employment and life skills that lead directly to livable jobs. Earned income is the key for graduates to maintain housing and avoid future homelessness as well as recidivism. Work instills the value of self-reliance and builds the capacity for long-term success. Ready to Work provides the education, training, and the opportunity for individuals can take control of their own lives. Existing homeless services are short-term crisis response measures, or only serve targeted populations because of the restrictive funding sources. Ready to Work provides temporary/transitional housing, education, work training, skill certifications, and links to permanent housing for people who want a second chance.