EARN Program (Welfare to Work Program)
Overcoming Employment Barriers
PIC is the primary provider of the welfare-to-work programs and case management services in both Westmoreland and Fayette counties. PIC’s welfare clients are referred by the Westmoreland and Fayette County Assistance Offices (CAO).
PIC manages the Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) program. EARN is dedicated to assisting clients in their transition from welfare to the workforce. The focus of all programming is to decrease dependency on public assistance and move toward self-sufficiency. While the primary focus of the program is to move clients into the workforce and vocational training, the program can also provide additional assistance with training, credentialing and obtaining a GED®. The CAO can assist with transportation expenses and referrals to childcare providers.
What is the EARN Program?
The Employment, Advancement and Retention Network (EARN) program is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) in order to address the needs of welfare clients with barriers to employment.
The EARN program design focuses mainly on federally mandated core activities such as unsubsidized employment, on-the-job training, work experience, community service and providing support to clients who are attending vocational skills training or credentialing classes.
Since it is crucial that DHS achieve the federally mandated work participation requirement, the Local Management Committee (LMC) is responsible for ensuring the most efficient use of public funds in determining what services will be offered in their local areas to maintain clients’ active participation in the allowable core activities.
For more information or questions, please contact Amy Goulding, EARN Manager at PIC