KRA/Baltimore Celebrates Employed Customers

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/Financial Workshop for 25 customers who recently have been placed in 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 that KRA will be hiring for the summer.

The Financial Workshop, conducted by Courtney Bettle, Program Manager for Financial Security and Jessica Staton, Financial Coaching Coordinator, Baltimore CASH Campaign, offered timely advice and guidance on setting SMART (Specific, Measurable. Attainable, Realistic, Time Related) budgeting and financial goals.

Nicole White, RCA, concluded, “This is the start of a promising partnership with the CASH Campaign, which offers one-on-one counseling and group workshops for low-income community residents. It is important to KRA/Baltimore that on the road to self sufficiency, our customers gain a thorough understanding of budgeting, credit, tax prep, saving, and other financial-management tools.”