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Welfare to Work Services

Our welfare to work services vary by county, and include:

EAC’s Diversionary Work Program (DWP) provides four consecutive months of short-term benefits, employment services and intensive job search supports that will put you on the fast track to employment. Eligible families must apply to and be referred by Hennepin County. For your convenience, we offer services at four different locations in North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Bloomington. Contact Peter Ogombe, Program Director, at (612) 752-8620 or pogombe@resource-mn.org for more details.

To apply for the Diversionary Work program contact your county human services agency.

EAC’s Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is a mandatory employment services program for people receiving MFIP benefits from the county where they reside. Participants are referred to EAC by their county financial worker. We provide case management, housing and daycare resources, as well as assistance with resumes and job search. We offer workshops on job seeking, job retention, career advancement, financial literacy, diversity, and other topics that will help you succeed in the job market. Offices are conveniently located at locations in Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties.

  • Dakota County: Contact Nakia Capers, Program Director, at (651) 554-6583 or ncapers@resource-mn.org for more details.
  • Hennepin County: In suburban Hennepin County and Minneapolis, contact Tracy Olson, Program Director at (612) 752-8684 or tolson@resource-mn.org for more details.
  • Ramsey County: Contact Jackie Range, Program Director at (612) 752-8856 or jrange@resource-mn.org for more details.

To apply for the MFIP program contact your county human services agency.

EAC’s Transitional Work Programs provides work experience for Hennepin and Ramsey County residents receiving MFIP benefits who have not yet secured employment. Staff will work intensively with you to identify areas of interest and offer you positions that match your skills. Participants are paid an hourly wage for up to four months at a variety of businesses throughout the metro area. Bi-weekly workshops cover areas such as interviewing skills, budget management, and conflict resolution. After completing the program, participants receive individualized help to secure regular employment. In Hennepin County, contact Katherine Wagoner at 612.752.8637 or kwagoner@resource-mn.org for more information. In Ramsey County, contact Cecilia Pierson at 612-752-8892 or cpierson@resource-mn.org for more information.

EAC’s Refugee Programs are a collaboration between EAC and Hmong American Partnership (HAP). Services are available to refugees who have been in the United States for less than five years and who are receiving MFIP or DWP benefits. Program services include daily workshops and job search assistance provided by multilingual staff. Staff work with area employers to ensure you gain employment. Services are offered at nine locations throughout the metro area: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, North Minneapolis, Roseville, South Minneapolis, St Louis Park, St Paul, and West St Paul. Contact Katherine Wagoner at 612.752.8637 or kwagoner@resource-mn.org for more information.

EAC’s New American Employment Services provides an introduction to American work culture and language, job search, placement services and transportation to newly arrived immigrants and refugees enrolled in EAC’s MFIP programs. Services are offered in Minneapolis and St Paul. Contact Katherine Wagoner at (612) 752-8637 or kwagoner@resource-mn.org or Cecilia Pierson at (612) 752- 8892 or cpierson@resource-mn.org for more information.

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