General Relief Opportunities for WORK (GROW)
GROW program was implemented in February 1999, as approved by the Board of Supervisors under Section 17000.6 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. On August 21, 1998, a law change extended the time limit on eligibility for General Relief (GR) to nine months in any 12 month period and made participation in a welfare-to-work program mandatory for employable GR participants.
GROW Program Overview
The goal of GROW is to transition GROW participants into the labor market. Participation is mandatory for all employable GR participants. Unemployable participants may volunteer to participate. The first GROW activity consists of a brief Orientation during which participants learn basic information regarding GROW, its activities and requirements. Orientation is provided by GROW contracted providers and is accompanied by a short video introducing the the GROW Program.
Individuals are given information regarding the GROW program when they apply for GR. On the same day, and at the district office, applicants without documented physical or mental disabilities meet one-on-one with an Employment Specialist (Eligibility Worker) who briefly explains the program. An Employment Needs Evaluation is initiated to gather information concerning the applicant's job skills, educational background, work history, etc. The applicant is then scheduled for an Orientation appointment. Participation is mandatory for employable participants as a condition of receiving GR. Time limits begin on the date of the Orientation appointment.
Participants designated unemployable due to physical or mental disabilities, as well as age (60 or older) are not required to participate in GROW. They may request voluntary enrollment and volunteers are not subject to time limits and may quit at any time, without financial penalties.
|A.||Employment Needs Evaluation|
|C.||Case Manager Appointments|
|G.||General Equivalency Diploma (GED)|
|H.||Self-Initiated Program (SIP)|
|I.||Pathways to Success|
|K.||Job Readiness Training for Youth|
|L.||Computer Application Class|
|N.||Day Reporting Center|
|P.||Career Opportunities Resources and Employment|
|Q.||Job Readiness Training|
|S.||Intensive Case Management|
|V.||Domestic Violence, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse Services|
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