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Thursday, May 29, 1997


New Coalition Will Help Welfare Recipients Keep the Jobs They Find

WASHINGTON -- Taking the next major step in Administration efforts to move people from welfare to work, Vice President Gore announced today (5/29) the creation of a Welfare-to-Work Coalition to Sustain Success that will help welfare recipients keep the jobs they find.

The coalition will address one of the major problems facing welfare recipients -- the ability to keep the jobs they get. Studies have shown that large numbers of welfare recipients lose the jobs they get within 12 to 16 months.

"Through our work over the last four years, we've learned that the transition from welfare to work is more complicated and difficult than some had thought," the Vice President said. "Indeed, it involves two distinct problems. First, the challenge of helping welfare recipients find jobs. The second challenge is one that hasn't gotten much attention, but it's just as critical. That challenge is making sure that they have the skills and support they need to keep those jobs."

Working with federal and state offices, private organizations, and businesses, members of the Welfare-to-Work Coalition to Sustain Success will identify available resources and provide the support that new workers need most to retain jobs -- mentoring, advice, and other support.

The coalition will tailor available resources to state and community needs, building on the strengths of its volunteer member organizations.

The Vice President will convene the coalition about every three months to showcase successful mentoring or training programs. At today's announcement, the Vice President showcased six programs to over 200 attendees and 3,000 locations hooked up by satellite.

Today's panelists discussed ways to increase job retention in the welfare population with the Vice President. They were:

The 18 charter members of the Welfare-to-Work Coalition to Sustain Success are:

  1. Alpha Kappa Alpha
  2. Baptist Joint Committee
  3. Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  4. Daughters of Isis
  5. General Federation of Women s Clubs
  6. Goodwill Industries
  7. Links
  8. Lions Club International
  9. National Civic League
  10. National Council of Jewish Women
  11. National Council of Negro Women
  12. National Urban Coalition
  13. Optimist International
  14. The Salvation Army
  15. Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission
  16. United Way Women's Missionary Union
  17. YMCA

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