Delaware Opportunities provides a variety of services to help low income people obtain and retain employment. All applicants for public assistance are required to report to Delaware Opportunities for enrollment in an employment assistance program. The Better Employment Training Skills Program is a month long training program assisting in developing resumes, gaining computer skills and otherwise preparing for employment. Delaware Opportunities seeks to place individuals in a work experience for persons receiving public assistance. People on the crew receive work credit to maintain eligibility for public assistance while gaining work experience. The work crew provides assistance to municipalities, churches, and not-for-profit organizations. Crew members are supervised and learn skills and job experience, but are also assisted with applying for employment in the private sector. Job coaches are available to assist with the job search and to provide ongoing support to assist the program participant retain a job.
Mary Banks, Employment Services Coordinator