Did you know?
by David Lobo, WEP Case Manager
There is a lot of misinformation about Welfare in America. The tired and offensive stereotype of a Welfare Queen “sitting around and doing nothing” and “living of the government” is a lie. Not only is this stereotype false, but it unfairly stigmatizes many of our neighbors that are trying to get back on their feet.
The truth is, since 1996, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of (PRWORA) has put a 60 month lifetime limit on Welfare cash assistance. Recipients of cash assistance are required to participate in a Work Experience Program. In order for participants to continue to receive cash assistance, they are required to work between 86 and 151 hours monthly.
At East End Community Services, we help participants in the Work Experience Program by coordinating internships and work placements. Our goal is to provide a meaningful work experience for each participant that can ultimately lead toward employment and self-sufficiency. In 2013 we helped over 70 participants find employment. For more information about the Work Experience Program, please contact Lindsey Jarvis, Program Manager, at (937)259-1898.