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					Volunteers of America, Texas a faith based, non-profit organization 
 dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities reach 
their full spiritual, emotional and physical potential and well-being 
 through though a vast array of services that target the elderly, the 
                                      
intellectually disabled, those striving to overcome substance abuse, 
          and those transitioning form correctional centers.  
                                 


          Financial Opportunity Center
    Volunteers of America, Texas serves the residents of the 
    Independence Heights neighborhood, a LISC Sustainable 
 Community and the clients of VOA , through the VOA  Financial 
Opportunity Center (FOC) at the Yale Street Empowerment Center.
 Financial Opportunity Center
The FOC is a one-stop bundled service,   
neighborhood-based facility that provides:
    v Screening for public benefits eligibility
    v Employment services, 
    v Job skills training, 
    v Financial counseling, 
    v Fairly priced financial products 
    v Job Readiness Workshops
    v Financial literacy workshops. 
Financial Opportunity Center

The FOC helps families become more 
financially secure in three critical areas: 
       vIncreased wages, 
       vImproved finances 
       vAccess to public benefits
     
                            FOC Bundled Services
 
• Income Support - assess clients with eligibility for public benefits such as 
        food stamp, Gold Card and FASFA enrollment.
 
• Employment Service - job placement, job retention, re-placement and 
        career advancement assistance.   Job Readiness Workshops Computer 
        Literacy

• Financial Coaching - one to one financial counseling including fairly-
        priced financial products and services through FOC partner banks and credit 
        unions. 
 
• Workshops - Job Readiness, Financial Literacy, Computer Literacy  and  
        Microsoft  Office Computer Classes.

• Job Skills Training - Optical Technician, Forklift Operator and CDL 
        Class B License 
 
              FOC Job Skills for Employment  
           FOC provides job skills to help clients with
                 placement for employment.

• Optical Technician - Through the partnership with Visual 
  Compassion - In Focus University training is provided for FOC clients 
  interested in a variety of optical skills including, retail, technician and lab.  
  (5 Week Class)

•  Forklift Operator – From Forklift Services, LLC the FOC provides 
  forklift operator classes.  The class is three hours and upon completion the 
  client will receive operators and OSHA certificates good for three years. 

• CDL Class B License - Through CDL Express the FOC provides 
  training for the Class B License.  The class has a three hour  video prep 
  course with written materials for permit test, driving time and will provide 
  truck for license road test.     
                                                    Initial client phone call, walk-in’s or 
                                                        referral from VOA substance 
                                                          abuse/housing or THRIVE


                                                                                                Appt with 
                                                                                                substance 
                                                                                               abuse intake 
                                                                                               or other VOA 
           VOA FOC                                           Orientation (2 hour)
                                                            and Interview by each:               programs
        Flow Chart Key                                      Income Support Coach
                                                              Employment Coach
                                                               Financial Coach
            = Employment Service
            = Financial Service
            = Income Support Service
            = Group Activity

                                                               Job Readiness &
            = Ongoing Service
                                                               Financial Literacy
                                                                  Workshop
                                                                   (4 days)
            = Mandatory Next Step 
            = Optional Next Step 
                                                                                                    Appt:
                                           Appt:
                                                                                               Financial Coach
            = Appointment / Visit         Income                    Appt.:
                                          Support              Employment Coach                  Financial
                                           Coach                                                Assessment
            = What participant came for
                                                                                               Baseline Budget




                                                                                                                       Job
                                                                     Job Skill                                     Placement
                                                                     Training                                    Financial Coach
                                                                     Program
   Financial Opportunity Center
             Year 2012
Clients completing job skills - 121
Vision Tech Level 1 –  20
Vision Tech Level 2 -  7
FORKLIFT Certifications with OSHA Card good for 3 years - 72
Class B CDL  License –  12 
Hair Braiding Certification –  11
Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) - 6
 
Clients job placement – 89
Income support – clients working on one benefit – 107
Clients receiving Financial Coaching – 114
Clients with improved credit scores - 42
                                        

				
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