Recently, the Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services Program, operated by KRA Corporation for Baltimore City Department of Social Services’ recipients, hosted a Networking Dinner and Financial Workshop for 25 customers who recently achieved permanent employment, including administrative, dietary aide, health care, and labor positions.
The honored customers, who will continue to work with KRA Retention Career Agents (RCA) during 12 consecutive weeks of full time employment, were encouraged to invite spouses, other guests, and relatives, including their children who were treated to games and a movie by staff and “Hire One Youth” student volunteers working at KRA for the summer.
After the Networking Dinner, a Financial Workshop offered timely advice and guidance on setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time Related) financial goals. Nicole White, RCA, reported, “This is the start of a ‘promising practice’, offering individual counseling and group workshops for our newly-employed customers. It is important to KRA/Baltimore that on the road to self sufficiency, our customers gain a thorough understanding of budgeting, credit-worthiness, tax preparation, saving, and other financial-management tools.”