GEORGIA WORKS!

Each participant is expected to spend a year doing transitional work earning 7.40/hr for 30+ hrs a week while remaining drug/alcohol free. Case management, life skills and workforce training is provided throughout the twelve months.


program goals

Georgia Works! ends homelessness, criminal recidivism and dependency through holistic programs aimed at personal development of good habits, work ethic and character. Our goal is self sufficiency. 

Georgia Works! serves those at the very bottom of the socio-economic ladder: primarily minority men, with long histories of homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, and low educational achievement. Enrollment is voluntary and each participant agrees to the following:


​STATISTICS:

  • Remain Drug Free (continuous testing)
  • Work 30 to 35 hours per week
  • Get along and respect others
  • Agree to end Public Assistance (with the exception of Medicaid).
  • Sign documentation allowing staff to identify if they have current child support orders or arrearages.
  • Agree to save 20% of income. This "forced savings" will allow clients to have saved approximately $2,000 upon graduation from the program.

the PROGRAM 

​​​OUR MISS​ION

​Upon graduation the goal is a permanent job and permanent housing for each man.  When men enter the program they are typically dependent on drugs and handouts. When they leave, the goal is to never be dependent again.

80%+ of the men that start at Georgia Works make it through the program to Graduation
90%+ of the men that have graduated from Georgia Works are still in their original jobs and apartments
900+ - The number of times Georgia Works! clients had previously been arrested before joining the program
0 - The number of Georgia Works! men who have been arrested since walking in the front door
$18,000 - The cost of incarcerating a man for a year in the State of Georgia
$10,000 - The cost of taking a man through Georgia Works and from Homelessness to being a tax payer!
$13.00 - The average hourly wage of Georgia Works! graduates
​3 - The number of positive drug and alcohol tests since our founding (out of thousands of tests)
90% - The percentage of men who are now in contact with their children and families
100% - The percentage of graduates who have their IDs, a bank account, and email address, and a life!


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The Georgia Works "Wall of Fame" pictures men (pictured with their case managers) who have graduated from Georgia Works to self-sufficiency. These men have full time jobs and permanent housing. The average starting wage of these men is $13.28 an hour.



NUMBER OF MEN GRADUATED TO SELF SUFFICIENCY: 23

Our goal is to take chronically homeless men and help them become self sufficient, productive members of society. Our men typically are facing multiple challenges, including criminal records, past drug use, poor work history, dependency on handouts, bad habits, lack of formal education, past child support, outstanding fines, etc... WE END ALL OF THESE THINGS.  At Georgia Works, if a man is committed to being clean, to addressing the past, and to working, we will help him get a full time job, transportation and permanent housing within a year.  Our program is proven to be effective in helping chronically homeless men, proven to be cost effective, and proven to improve our community.

Georgia Works in the news...

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