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County of Santa Clara to Honor Outstanding CalWORKs Participants and Supporters at 29th Annual Awards Ceremony



The County of Santa Clara 29th Annual California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Achievement Awards will honor five outstanding CalWORKs families who have demonstrated exemplary resilience in their journey toward self-sufficiency. A local employer and a county partner will also be recognized for their commitment and contributions to the CalWORKs program.

“More than 250 CalWORKs participants have been honored during the past 29 years for their determination to overcome educational, social and economic barriers,” said Angela Shing, Director of the Department of Employment and Benefit Services. “The CalWORKs program continues to empower and bring hope to many of our families.”


County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Santa Clara County Social Services Agency

CalWORKs Honorees:

Lorien De Guzman-Lam, Maria Martinez, Naomi Robinson, Megan Lane, Sharon Lilly

Employer of the Year: Marriott Select Brands

County Partner of the Year: Health Alliance


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m. ***TIME CERTAIN***


County of Santa Clara Government Center (Board of Supervisors Chambers)

70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95110


More than 5,300 families in the Santa Clara County receive CalWORKs benefits. The State of California requires families to participate in work-related activities in order to fulfill mandated work requirements.

Of the 5,300 CalWORKs families, approximately 40 percent are employed and remain on CalWORKs due to low income, while 70% of employed families transition off cash aid within 24 months.

The CalWORKs program serves the families in a variety of employment-based programs ranging from assistance with job readiness and job searching, to the provision of vocational training, educational programs, work experience projects, and subsidized employment.

In addition to its work-related activities, the CalWORKs program offers support such as housing, homelessness prevention services, childcare, transportation, counseling, domestic violence services, and behavioral health services. Both the employment and support services administered by the Employment Services Division are designed to provide the tools that families on public assistance need to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

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Media Contact: Laurel Anderson​/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119

Posted: November 18, 2019

Last updated: 11/19/2019 2:58 PM