JOTF E-Newsletter

September 2007

The Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) is pleased to bring you the latest edition of its electronic newsletter. The JOTF E-Newsletter includes news, announcements, and information about upcoming events in the Baltimore area that we hope will be of interest to you. If your organization would like to publicize an event, job announcement, or other information, please e-mail: jessica[@]jotf.org.

In this issue:

JOTF NEWS

JOTF RELEASES NEW REPORT! OverPriced and Underserved: How the Market is Failing Low-Wage Baltimoreans
8 WAYS TO SAVE! JOTF's New Brochure Offers Money-Saving Tips to Residents
Baltimore Sun, "'Poor pay more for city living" (09/20/2007)

 

OTHER NEWS

Recovery In the Community (RIC) to Open Transitional Housing Facility for Women
Baltimore Examiner, "Low-income residents cope with rate hike" (09/25/2007)
Baltimore Sun, "Expansion of credit offsets tax increases" (Letter to the Editor) (09/25/2007)
The Christian Science Monitor, "The US has enough work to go around. It just doesn't have a workforce trained to do it" (09/19/2007)
New York Times, "More Help Needed for Tougher Times" (Editorial) (09/14/2007)
Baltimore Sun, "Affluent and not" (09/04/2007)

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Recovery In the Community (RIC) to Hold Ribbon Cutting Celebration for New Transitional Housing for Women (10/09/2007)

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program Announces Registration for Fall Classes
Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH) Seek Program Manager
Mayors Office of Employment Development (MOED) Seek Executive Liaison for Public Policy
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Announce Funding Availability for Building Program Capacity–Adult Education and Literacy Services
Open Society Institute - Baltimore Seeks Program Associate - National Initiative to Close the Drug Addiction Treatment Gap
Open Society Institute - Baltimore Seeks Part-Time Communications Program Assistant
Open Society Institute - Baltimore Seeks Part-Time Program Assistant - Baltimore Community Fellowships Program
Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities

 

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JOTF NEWS

JOTF RELEASES NEW REPORT! Overpriced and Underserved: How the Market is Failing Low-Wage Baltimoreans

JOTF’s latest report finds that low-wage consumers pay more than their wealthier neighbors for everything from automobiles to zucchini. Each year, they spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars more on everyday goods and services. Rather than saving for retirement, investing in education, or working towards a down payment on a home or car, low-wage families are forced to spend a significant portion of their income meeting basic needs for which wealthier families are shown to pay considerably less.

In the report, JOTF identifies promising practices to help reduce the “poverty premium” and presents a seven-piece action agenda to make the market work better for local families.

For more information, or to request a hard copy, please contact Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.

Download “Overpriced & Underserved: How the Market is Failing Low-Wage Baltimoreans.”

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

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8 WAYS TO SAVE! JOTF's New Brochure Offers Money-Saving Tips to Residents

JOTF’s latest report, “Overpriced and Underserved: How the Market is Failing Low-Wage Baltimoreans,” finds that low-wage area residents pay inflated prices for everything from financial services, to housing, to transportation, to groceries. This new brochure, “8 Ways to Save,” gives tips on what local consumers can do to avoid and reduce these high costs. The brochure offers general money saving tips, and also provides contact information for local resources that can assist consumers with everything from credit counseling to tax preparation to energy assistance.

If you are a service provider and would like to distribute these to your clients, bulk copies are available. Please contact Andrea Payne at 410-234-8303.

Download “8 Ways to Save."

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

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Baltimore Sun, "Poor pay more for city living" (09/20/2007)

Baltimore Sun reporter, Jamie Smith Hopkins, reports on the findings and suggested action by JOTF's release of "Overpriced and Underserved: How the Market is Failing Low-Wage Baltimoreans."

Read "Poor pay more for city living" (09/20/2007)

 

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OTHER NEWS


Recovery In the Community (RIC) to Open Transitional Housing Facility for Women

Established in 1999 in southwest Baltimore, Recovery in Community (RIC) provides comprehensive, long-term outpatient treatment services for men and women with substance addictions. While many outpatient treatment programs focus their services on the first three to six months of a client’s recovery and often terminate services when a client relapses, a central, unique feature of the RIC program is long-term support for its clients, who often do experience relapses before attaining stable sobriety. RIC program participants graduate only after they have been in the program for at least one year and have had been sober for nine consecutive months.

Among the range of services provided on site at RIC are mental health services (critically important for those debilitated by addiction and severe poverty), and assistance with housing, job search and family reunification. Over the years RIC has found a positive correlation between clients placed in stable, well run supportive housing while they receive outpatient services and clients who successfully graduate from the program. For this reason, the nine-bed transitional housing facility for women participating in RIC’s program is an important expansion of RIC’s services.

The transitional housing and adjoining health service projects were funded through the generous support of the Abell, France-Merrick, Meyerhoff, and Weinberg Foundations, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and Maryland Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

For more information please contact Lena Franklin at (410) 362-1400 or Jane Harrison at (410) 664-5388.

 

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Baltimore Examiner, "Low-income residents cope with rate hike" (09/25/2007)


The Baltimore Examiner reports on those of Baltimore's lower-income residents who are feeling the brunt of energy rate increases, and quotes data from JOTF's recently released report.

Read "Low-income residents cope with rate hike" (09/25/2007)

 

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Baltimore Sun, "Expansion of credit offsets tax increases" (Letter to the Editor) (09/25/2007)

In a letter to the editor to the Baltimore Sun, members of the Maryland Alliance for the Poor, including JOTF's Melissa Chalmers Broome, highlight a piece critical to Governor O'Malley's proposed increase in the state's refundable earned income credit.

Read "Expansion of credit offsets tax increases" (09/25/2007)

 

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The Christian Science Monitor, "The US has enough work to go around. It just doesn't have a workforce trained to do it" (09/19/2007)

Executive director of the Workforce Strategy Center, Julian Alssid's op-ed suggests seven steps to move workers out of low-paying jobs into those that pay family-supporting wages. It is hoped that the op-ed will help add to the debate about how to develop a workforce that can meet the constantly changing demands of the global economy.

Read "The US has enough work to go around. It just doesn't have a workforce trained to do it" (09/19/2007)

(Document is in PDF format.)

 

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New York Times, "More Help Needed for Tougher Times" (Editorial) (09/14/2007)

A recent New York Times editorial spotlights on a further weakening job market, and the need to reform the ailing unemployment compensation program.

Read "More Help Needed for Tougher Times" (09/14/2007)

 

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Baltimore Sun, "Affluent and not" (09/04/2007)

This Baltimore Sun editorial highlights that although Maryland is ranked as one of the nations'wealthiest states, there are still pockets of poverty that threaten the state's long-term future.

Read "Affluent and not " (09/04/2007)

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Recovery In the Community, Inc (RIC) to Hold Ribbon Cutting Celebration for New Transitional Housing Facility for Women (10/09/2007)

Recovery in Community, Inc. (RIC) will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Tuesday, October 9 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the opening of a new nine-bed transitional housing facility for women who are receiving substance addiction treatment at RIC’s adjoining outpatient program. Mayor Sheila Dixon will officiate at the ribbon cutting and dedication of the building at 1847 W. Lexington Street (at Monroe).

The October 9 celebration will also mark the opening of a small adjacent building (formerly a launderette) that has been converted to a physician’s office and clinic, providing primary health services to RIC participants and to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

For more information please contact Lena Franklin at (410) 362-1400 or Jane Harrison at (410) 664-5388.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES

Greater Homewood Adult Literacy & ESOL Program Announces Registration for Fall Classes

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Classes:
Registration for reading, writing, and math classes is going on now. Students need to register and be tested in order to enroll. Classes are offered free of charge. Morning and evening classes for this ten week fall session will begin the week of October 1st.

English for Speakers of Other Languages:
Registration for classes is going on now. Classes begin the week of October 1st and end the week of December 10th. All classes are scheduled for 60hrs and subject to change.

Click here for ESOL classes information sheet.

(Document is in PDF format.)


These programs are located at 3501 North Charles Street, in the lower level of the University Baptist Church, with off-site classes available on a limited basis.

For more information, please contact Kim Bellerive, Assistant Director, at 410-261-3524.

 

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Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH) Seek Program Manager

The Healthcare Alliance is an organization funded by several local foundations interested in improving the City’s economic health by developing a system for preparing city residents for skilled positions in healthcare who are experiencing critical workforce shortages.

The mission of the Alliance is to address unemployment, underemployment and healthcare workforce shortages issues in Baltimore by identifying healthcare careers pathways leading to economic independence and training city residents to enter into and advance in them.

The Program Manager will play a vital role in assisting the Executive Director administer the variety of programs launched by the Alliance. Currently, these efforts include: oversight of the Pre-Allied Health Bridge program, facilitate the Career Coach Peer Learning activity, and oversees other academic and programmatic efforts lead by the organization. The manager will be housed in Baltimore in the Executive Center at 3700 Koppers Street.

Click here for full job description in Microsoft Word format.

For more information contact:

Ron Hearn
3700 Koppers Street
Suite 116
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
443-451-9822 Office

 

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Mayors Office of Employment Development (MOED) Seek Executive Liaison for Public Policy

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), Baltimore’s workforce investment agency and one-stop career center operator, is seeking an experienced public policy/legislative professional to identify emerging issues in the workforce development arena, monitor developments, and ensure that the agency’s legislative and budgetary priorities receive attention at the federal, state and local levels.

Click here for full description.

 

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Announce Funding Availability for Building Program Capacity–Adult Education and Literacy Services

The mission of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Adult Education and Literacy Services Branch (MSDE-AELS) is to increase literacy acquisition for out-of-school youth, English Language Learners (ELLs), and other adult learners who do not have a high school diploma. Priority learners are those functioning at the lowest literacy level. Organizations selected for this grant will enhance their capacity to contribute to this mission. Grantees who meet success will be encouraged to apply for other public and private grants for Adult Education and Literacy Services.

The purpose of the Building Program Capacity grant program is to assist community-based organizations to develop the infrastructure to operate an instructional program which meets state adult education standards that result in increased learner outcomes. The focus of the grant is to develop grant leadership staff and to assist grantees to align standards, assessment, instruction, and accountability.

Click here for full RFP description in Microsoft Word format.

 

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Open Society Institute - Baltimore Seeks Program Associate - National Initiative to Close the Drug Addiction Treatment Gap

The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.

The Program Associate, based in Baltimore, provides critical administrative and programmatic support for the National Initiative to Close the Drug Addiction Treatment Gap based at OSI-Baltimore and the Baltimore-focused Tackling Drug Addiction Program at OSI-Baltimore.

Click here for full description.

 

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Open Society Institute - Baltimore Seeks Part-Time Communications Program Assistant

The Open Society Institute–Baltimore is seeking to fill a paid part-time position to provide program assistance to the communications program.

Click here for full description.

 

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Open Society Institute - Baltimore Seeks Part-Time Program Assistant - Baltimore Community Fellowships Program

The Open Society Institute–Baltimore is seeking to fill a paid part-time Office Assistant position to provide general program assistance to the Director of Community Fellowships and Initiatives.

Click here for full description.

 

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Primo Electric Company / Primenet Inc Job Opportunities (August/September 2007)

Since their founding more than 40 years ago, Primo Electric Company has promoted an environment where people take pride in their work. As a result, Primo employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities and a competitive wage and benefit package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect.

Whether seeking an apprenticeship, laborer, journeyman, foreman, or equipment operator position, Primo Electric offers numerous career opportunities.

PrimeNet Inc specializes in helping clients define, optimize, and manage their voice, data, video, and security communication systems. At PrimeNet, pride is more than just a feeling; its a concrete attitude and philosophy that influences every aspect of their business. As a result, employees enjoy challenging careers, valuable educational opportunities (Including onsite BICSI® certification) and a competitive wage and benefits package. All in a workplace that emphasizes teamwork, safety, commitment and mutual respect.

Click here to view Primo Electric Company and Primenet Inc job opportunities.


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Newsletter Editor: Jessica Traskey
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