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CalWORKs Clients to Receive County Recognition for Their Determination to Overcome Adversity

Supervisors to Commend Participants and Supporting Organizations at 20th Annual Client Achievement Awards Ceremony

WHAT:
The 20th Annual CalWORKs Client Achievement Awards ceremony honors ten CalWORKs participants for their remarkable accomplishments despite adversity. A local employer and a community partner will also be credited for their commitment to the CalWORKs program.

WHO:
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Social Services Agency
CalWORKs Honorees: Loan Bui, Brielle Ciarlanti, Jearenna Franklin,
David Morales, Olga Rodriguez, Veronica Torres, Anh Tran, Joshua Sanchez-Cornillez,
Tara Sotelo and Sarah Valentine
Employer of the Year: Edible Arrangements
Community Partner of the Year: De Anza College-Occupational Training Institute

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 14, 2009, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding Street, San José

WHY:
The 20th Annual CalWORKs Achievement Awards Ceremony honors the personal, educational and employment accomplishments of selected participants toward self-sufficiency. This year eight of the ten clients being recognized also participated in the SCC Works Program, where they developed relevant employment skills, received a paycheck and attained permanent full-time employment. The SCC Works Program is the County’s subsidized employment program made possible by the Stimulus Program. Over 1,500 individuals in Santa Clara County obtained subsidized employment in the past year through the SCC Works Program.

Currently, there are approximately 16,093 families on public assistance and 6,007 individuals are participating in the CalWORKs Employment Services program. CalWORKs families who are eligible to participate in CalWORKs Employment Services develop a plan for success to re-enter the world of work. Members of these households may receive educational and vocational training, job placement, along with support services such as childcare, transportation, counseling and substance abuse prevention classes. All of these services help families build and maintain lives on their own, outside the realm of public assistance.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Dana McQuary, Social Services Agency (408) 491-6750.
Posted: December 10, 2010