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County to Acknowledge Dedication of CalWORKs Clients and Supporters

22nd Annual Client Achievement Awards Ceremony to Highlight Participants’ Outstanding Efforts to Transition Toward Self-Sufficiency
The 22nd Annual CalWORKs Client Achievement Awards ceremony will honor ten CalWORKs participants for attaining remarkable accomplishments in spite of significant challenges. Also, a local employer and one community partner will be praised for their commitment to the CalWORKs program.
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
CalWORKs Honorees:  Keishun Clarke; Jose (Joe) Garcia; Fadumo Ali; Katrina Fregoso; Pascal Kapumpu; Saif Al-Awkati;  Ashley Mull; Kelly Lucero; Brandi Stover and Elizabeth Guerra.
Employer of the Year: Ace Parking Management Inc
Community Partners of the Year: Campbell Adult and Community Education (CACE)
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 11:00 a.m.  ***TIME CERTAIN***
County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Chambers
70 West Hedding Street, San José
The 22nd Annual CalWORKs Achievement Awards Ceremony honors the personal, educational and employment accomplishments toward self-sufficiency of selected participants.  Individuals to be recognized achieve permanent full-time employment after developing relevant employment skills.
There are approximately 13,432 families on public assistance and 6,370 CalWORKs clients participating in Employment Services activities. This past year the program’s Employment Connection served approximately 1,900 clients.  On average, 45 participants obtained full-time employment each month, at an average wage of $10.00 per hour.  The Employment Connection hit their peak during the month of October when 84 participants secured work. CalWORKs families who are eligible to participate in CalWORKs Employment Services develop a plan for successful entrance into the work force. 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: Gwen Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Denise Boland, Social Services Agency (408)775-7735 and 775-7730          
Posted: November 30, 2012                                                                                                               
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