T he Job Opportunity for Low Income Individuals is a federally-funded program to help TANF, CSE and low-income individuals find sustainable jobs in health and social services-related industries.

CRC used its 2004 JOLI funds to train and help qualify individual candidates in a wide variety of health and social services jobs, including entry-level positions in patient care assistance, certified nursing assistants (CNA), orderlies, records clerks and others.

Considering the market economy direction for the past five years and the projects for the future, a program such as JOLI that specializes in health and social service training and job placement was a smart strategic business move to prepare a skilled work force to meet the current and future demand for health and social services entry-level positions.

This new business venture helped actualize a CRC/JOLI innovative concept called “layering,” which utilized an Individual Layering Development Plan to prepare JOLI and other low-income clients for full-time sustainable jobs utilizing the repertoire of worker and individual entrepreneurial strengths to improve employment opportunities for TANF recipients and other low-income individuals.

JOLI was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Children and Families and Office of Community Services to assist Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Support Enforcement (CSE).