Working To Enhance The Quality Of Life
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Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training, Inc.

Two-year funding for support of the Emergency Services and Transitional Housing programs serving homeless veterans. In recognition of the traumas of severe psychological distress and substance abuse that homeless veterans have often experienced, the center offers a military model of support, rehabilitation and healing to men and women through individual counseling, job readiness and placement, mental health services, three balanced meals a day and housing.

Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.

For expansion of the project to address the needs of noncustodial parents whose child support obligations far exceed their ability to pay. By providing individual representation, Legal Aid has been able to identify recurrent issues that adversely affect noncustodial parents, such as driver's license suspensions, reports to credit agencies and denial of access to child support records.

Koinonia Baptist Church

Toward the purchase of a 15-passenger van to transport youth to and from the Neighborhood Evening Reporting program. An alternative to detaining youth in juvenile detention facilities, the program is designed to reduce recidivism by offering home-monitored youth computer skills training, conflict resolution and anger management training, tutoring, GED preparation and job readiness training.

Job Opportunities Task Force

In support of programs to provide economic opportunities for low-skill job seekers. The Task Force has three priorities: to promote income supports that will enable workers and their families to enjoy a living wage; to increase the number of low-skilled workers trained in information technology jobs; and to reduce barriers hampering employment for ex-offenders.

Job Opportunities Task Force

For support of a research analyst to conduct a comparative study of Baltimore's workforce development system with other cities sharing similar demographic characteristics. Components of the study include a review of the cities' welfare-to-work system; one-stop centers for adults who are not on welfare; youth programs; local community colleges' curricula; public schools' vocational and drop-out prevention programs; literacy programs; and public housing workforce initiatives.

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