The SNAP Employment & Training Job Placement Program's goal is to help you improve your work skills and assist you in finding a job through short-term training and work assignments as well as GED, resume writing and interviewing classes.
In order to match you with the right services, each applicant will meet with program staff and be assigned to a SNAP program activity. The activities you are expected to do will be explained by the program staff. To recieve the full food stamp benefits and supportive service payments that you are entitled to, make sure that you do not miss any meetings and that you complete all assigned activities.
Sanctions for non-compliance include food stamps benefits may decrease or stop. Supportive service payments are available for participants within the program. These payments assist with work related expenses such as transportation or clothing.
Participants receive intensive case management and follow-up, education, job skills training, pre-employment services, and unsubsidized job placement with retention services. Services may include:
- basic skills enhancement (reading, writing, and math instruction);
- access and enrollment in GED (high school equivalency diploma) classes and/or computer literacy training;
- short-term technical training;
- various job training and job readiness assessments (interviewing skills, conflict-resolution, financial budgeting);
- mentoring (career pathway development) and counseling;
- referrals to various community organizations (homeless shelters, counseling).
For more information, please contact Holly Whisler, Employment & Training Grant Program Coordinator, at 217/786-4694.
This program is provided through the Illlinois Department of Human Services. Visit their site at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/