CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ  – The Provident Bank Foundation announced that the foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $50,000  to Employment Horizons on May 12. Employment Horizons was selected to receive this Signature Grant for its work in the Community and Economic Development-Employment focus area. Funding will assist in the start-up of a Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) Training and Job Placement Program for individuals with barriers to employment. The program will include additional, related training to make trainees more competitive in the industry. Customized supports will enhance completion rates and employment success.

“This grant is dedicated to addressing the skills gap by providing training and comprehensive supportive services for individuals facing challenges in the labor force, which is why Employment Horizons was selected as this year’s recipient,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “Through their new program, individuals will receive their HHA certification, and be positioned on a career path that exposes them to further training, education, and increased income opportunities. Employment Horizons is not only addressing the unemployment issue, but enhancing the quality of life of members in their community.”

The program will be a unique public-private partnership involving Employment Horizons, referrals through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), and Assisting Hands, an award-winning home healthcare agency.

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This "one-stop" format will co-locate all services at Employment Horizons, rather than at various agencies using different staffs at different locations across the community.  Each program cycle will be five weeks front-loaded with the specific CHHA training, followed by other related training, job search skills, job placement and job retention supports.

"With investment from the Provident Bank Foundation, and in partnership with Assisting Hands Home Care, Employment Horizons is excited to begin providing CHHA training to individuals with barriers to employment,” said Matthew Putts, Executive Director of Employment Horizons. “We look forward to not only improving employment opportunities and economic participation for those trained through the new program but also in meeting a growing need of local employers for CHHA credentialed staff. Furthermore, we are privileged to help address a community need for families looking to find qualified providers of home care for their loved ones.”

Employment Horizons, formerly known as the Occupational Training Center of Morris County, was founded in Morristown in 1957 by a group of forward-thinking parents who wanted to expand work and personal growth opportunities for their children with disabilities and special needs. ttp://www.emhorizons.org/spacer.gifOver the years, Employment Horizons has implemented innovative programs to meet the needs and choices of the people with disabilities served. They provide job training and placement services to people with disabilities in the greater Morris County, NJ area.

For more information on PBF, visit www.theprovidentbankfoundation.org or call (862) 260-3990.