Project Success supports individuals and families who seek employment, job training and support, education, and financial literacy.  Individuals or families create their own financial empowerment plan.  We help families fully understand their financial commitments and move toward healthy financial practices such as saving, budgeting, and asset development, with the goal of reducing dependence on financial assistance programs.

The case manager and Project Success participant work together to create and maintain an individualized economic empowerment plan, with the ultimate goal of increasing the participant’s ability to become and/or maintain self-sufficiency. The economic empowerment plan includes the following:

  • Identification of goals using SMART goals evaluation
  • Develop an agreement that clearly identifies responsibilities and roles of both the case manager and the participant
  • Regular review and revisions of the plan as the situation warrants – minimum of one monthly face-to-face meeting and check-in phone calls every two weeks
  • The economic empowerment plan will address three key areas:

Stability factors

Addresses barriers to employment as they relate to participant/family stability. As needed, resources and referrals are provided for the following:

  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Transportation
  • Childcare
  • Chemical/mental health intervention

Employment

Includes goals related to obtaining and maintaining employment. Focus areas may include:

  • Creating resumes and cover letters
  • Practicing interviewing skills
  • Learning skills related to maintaining employment
  • Increased employment
  • Living wage employment

Asset development

Participants learn about financial education by:

  • Completing 8 hours of financial literacy education
  • Gaining knowledge of banks and credit unions
  • Creating and maintaining a workable budget
  • Increasing credit score
  • Increasing savings
  • Assessing education/job training needs and opportunities

The maximum amount of time an individual can participate in the program is 18 months, with the ideal time frame being less than one year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Live in Ramsey or Washington County
  • Individuals 18 years of age or older
  • Be currently employed or able to work
  • Be at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Be willing to follow a goal plan

For more information or to apply, please call 651-603-5880.