Healthy Families Jacksonville launches new career pilot program in support of participants’ goals

The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition launched the Pathway to Your Career Program on August 17, allowing women who participate in Healthy Families Jacksonville to learn professional skills that guide them on the path to providing for their families.  

Our intent in undertaking this program is to assist the women in achieving the goals they have established for themselves, thereby enabling these families to become more self-sufficient,” Healthy Families Jacksonville Program Director Marsha Davis said.

Throughout the next three months, women selected for the program will complete career assessments, one-on-one career coaching, an Individual Career Plan and a 10-week customer service and soft skills training program that incorporates preparation to earn industry-recognized certifications. Members currently in the program have completed their assessments and will begin customer service training on September 11. Career coaching will occur throughout the duration of the program. LDW Group, LLC is providing the services.

Healthy Families is a nationally-accredited family support and coaching program that helps parents provide the safe and stable environments children need for healthy growth and development.

Clients eligible for the program were nominated by their family support worker, interviewed by telephone and then invited for an interview with LDW Group President Dr. Linda D. Woodward and Coalition staff. Participants’ most common reason for enrolling was to provide a better life for their families.

“The energy and passion of these women to improve their livelihood for their families is remarkable, Coalition CEO Faye Johnson said.

Although transportation and childcare were noted as two barriers to attending this job training program, the Coalition alleviated these challenges through a partnership with Duval Head Start and Early Head Start of Lutheran Services Florida who helped provide bus passes and daycare through their program.

Healthy Families Jacksonville and this pilot program are funded by the Kids Hope Alliance, the Jacksonville partnership for children, youth and families.