Grand Harbor Community Outreach Supports United Against Poverty

Grand Harbor Community Outreach recently awarded a $15,000 grant to United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County for its Success Training for Employment Program (STEP).

“Grand Harbor Community Outreach has been a funding partner of STEP since the earliest stages of our workforce development training,” explains UP’s Executive Director Annabel Robertson. “Through philanthropic support from local foundations and donors, STEP has developed into an impactful program.”

STEP is a three-phase program that incorporates a unique 120-hour classroom component, which is composed of three 40-hour curriculums including “Emotional Intelligence for the Workplace,” “Foundation Workplace Skills” and “Job Acquisition Skills.” STEP Phase 1 is composed of this classroom training, which is followed by Phase 2 including internships, on-the-job training and job placement. Finally, Phase 3 includes long-term case management focused on job retention and career development until the STEP participant reaches economic self-sufficiency (over 200 percent federal poverty guidelines.)

The program’s focus is job retention and career development as a pathway to economic self-sufficiency. In 2016, 100 students gained employment, with an 86% one-year retention rate and an average $11.70 entry wage that represents a $2.9 million annualized wage impact in our community. In 2017, 33 STEP participants have become employed in the first quarter of the year.

Grand Harbor Community Outreach is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the unmet needs of groups and individuals in Indian River County. With no employees or fixed overhead, Outreach commits that 100 percent of member donations will be used to support the disadvantaged of our county. It’s philanthropy committee works with about 30 community partners, carefully reviewing their operations and programs to ensure they are effective, impactful and of high quality.

Since its founding in 2001, Grand Harbor Outreach has raised and distributed nearly $3.5 million into the local community to help in the areas of education, health, jobs and human services.

This collective endeavor, which involves 400 donors, more than 100 volunteers and 20 corporate sponsors is transforming lives, strengthening families and rebuilding communities. The focus is on providing hop and help to our neighbors in need so they can lift themselves out of poverty. Visit the Grand Harbor Outreach website at GHCOP.org to learn more about Outreach and how you can help.

Founded by Austin and Ginny Hunt in 2003, United Against Poverty is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides crisis stabilization, general education, workforce development and subsidized food assistance services. To learn more about UP or t to find out more about STEP, visit UPIRC.org or call 772-770-0740.

Caption:

Jack Wittpenn (2nd from left) and Kathy Tonkel (center), representing Grand Harbor Community Outreach present a $15,000 grant award to Annabel Robertson (2nd from right) to fund the Success Training for Employment Program. Also pictured are STEP participants Stephen Fells (far left) and Alexandra Norman (far right).