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Well Works

Offering hope through work

 

Offering Dignity Through Work

The Well Works program provides work opportunities to empower individuals struggling with instability in their lives.  Team members in the program focus on learning work skills, learning life skills, removing barriers, and building long-term stability to transform their lives and the lives of their families. Team members find dignity while earning a paycheck performing light manufacturing work for local businesses with the long term goal to graduate from the program and work for those businesses. The overall goal for each team member is to gain the essential work skills that will help them get and keep a job while removing any areas of life instability or any barriers that would prevent them from being successful when they graduate from the program. 

Work Skills:  

Each team member in the Well Works program will have the opportunity to build work skills in the areas of being a good teammate, working safely, being productive, providing quality work, and having great attendance.  Team members will focus on learning specific soft work skills such as building work stamina, responding well to coaching, giving positive input for process improvement, communicating effectively, and resolving workplace conflict in positive ways.  Team members will also focus on learning specific technical work skills such as product assembly, material handling, equipment operation, and manufacturing terminology.  In addition to manufacturing work opportunities, team members may also have the opportunity to gain experience in other work areas including work in retail operations.

 

Life Skills: 

Team members will meet with Resource Center Care Coordinators to identify areas in their lives where they are struggling with instability.  Areas of instability for team members may include such things as absence of spiritual disciplines, inadequate support systems of positive people, inability to negotiate or mediate everyday life situations, inability to control emotional responses, inability to manage money, inadequate addiction recovery, and not understanding the hidden rules of the community.  Once an area of instability is identified, team members will come up with a plan with specific goals to remove that area of instability from their lives.  Goals are driven by each team member, and Care Coordinators provide the support and accountability needed to help each team member succeed with their goals.

Removing Barriers:

Team members will also work with Resource Center staff to identify and remove barriers in their lives that are preventing them from finding stability.  Barriers may include such things as  unstable housing, lack of reliable transportation, inadequate child care, lack of adequate mental health care, and lack of education.   Once a barrier is identified, team members will come up with a plan with the assistance of Care Coordinators to remove that barrier from their lives. 

 

Graduation:

Most team members will be in the Well Works program for 12-18 months as learning new skills and removing areas of instability takes time.  When team members are ready to graduate from the program, they will be assisted with creating a resume, submitting applications, preparing for interviews, and connecting with a future employer.

 

If you are interested in or would like to learn more about the Well Works program, please contact Program Director Josh Conrad at 641-621-0164 ext. 714 or at joshc@thewelliowa.org or contact Resource Center Director Karen Dunsbergen at 641-621-0164 ext. 703 or at karend@thewelliowa.org.  

Testimonial from a Getting Ahead & Well Works client

"Learning about the parent, child voice helped me work with my kids and helped me talk to them a lot easier when they are in trouble. The hidden rules really showed me the insight of what to expect in an interview and helped me to be more prepared and kinda know what to expect when I get through the Works program. I also learned about the Well Works program and the wonderful people here that didn't look at me for my background, but looked at me more as human being and gave me a job and a new opportunity in life that I needed."

Casey