Employment & Financial Support
Hawthorne offers low-income, working families with services across three areas: employment and career advancement, financial literacy and coaching, and access to income supports. We help members pursue career goals and develop new skills, reduce debt, build credit, and save for their future. Working with our neighbors, we have seen families transition from crisis to stability and from stability to long-term financial independence.
Learn more about how we can help you reach your goals be attending one our weekly orientations. These one to two hour-long orientations will introduce members to our program, the resources available to help them achieve their educational, financial and career goals, and place students in a class based on a brief assessment.
Our orientations are held several times each month. For specific dates & times, refer to the mini-calendar in the sidebar or select from the Calendar drop-down on the main menu.
How can we help you set and achieve your goals? Come to one of our orientation sessions to get started!
One of the most rewarding services Hawthorne provides is helping our neighbors find jobs and advance to even better jobs. The creation of productive employment opportunities is essential for breaking the cycle of poverty and creating sustainable economic and social development.
Employment coaches at Hawthorne connect members to job leads and equip them with the job search skills (resumes, interview techniques) needed to secure employment. Members have access to job readiness workshops and computer classes. Employment coaches also provide job retention services helping members maintain employment by removing barriers (transportation, childcare) and providing advice on advancement methods.
How can we help you find a job and advance to an even better job?
While criminal history should not be a barrier to self-sufficiency, many formerly incarcerated individuals struggle to get back on their feet. Housing and employment are critical for help men and women rejoining our communities. At Hawthorne, we are here to help those neighbors re-integrate successfully and become responsible, productive members of our community. We offer employment and financial support services for formerly incarcerated individuals.
How can we help you become productive members of our community?
Youth Employment Services
Young people who are 18 to 25 years old face important life choices as they grow into full adulthood. We want to help our young neighbors prepare for the changing workplace of the 21st century.
Employment coaches at Hawthorne assist members in making and implementing informed educational and occupational choices. Members discover ways to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to identify options, explore alternatives and succeed in society. We provide job training, certification and college education support. We help with career exploration and guidance. We also offer High School Equivalency (GED) classes.
High School Equivalency (GED) test fee assistance is available for Hawthorne students. Incentives are available for students who are 18-25 years old.
How can we help you prepare for the changing workplace of the 21st century?
Financial Literacy Education & Coaching
We offer financial literacy classes on topics including budgeting, debt reduction, credit building, and choosing financial products. Members put this knowledge into practice as they work with their financial coach to develop a budget and track monthly expenses. They also have opportunities to develop debt reduction plans, to understand and access their credit scores to build credit. Member also have access tax preparation services from February to April (by appointment only).
How can we help you learn where your money is going, rein in expenses, and find saving opportunities?
Emergency Income Support
In most cases, a job is not enough to make ends meet. We know many of our neighbors face a gap between what you can earn and the costs of basic living expenses. We can provide information and referrals to access public benefits like food stamps, food stamps, and health insurance. In some cases, we can provide seasonal utility assistance to help neighbors close the income gap.
How can we help you find ways to make ends meet?
Our monthly food pantry exists to enhance the health of our westside neighborhoods by providing supplemental food and basic necessities. It is typically held the last Thursday of the month from 1pm to 3pm from January to October. In November and December, it is held the second to last Thursday of the month. The Food Pantry is located in the basement of our Adult Center.