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At the appointment, we will gather information about you to determine how we can help you. Soon after you are approved for CalWORKs, you will be scheduled to attend an appraisal appointment to go over what you need to succeed at meeting your employment related goals. This will also be your opportunity to let us know about any challenges you are currently facing so that we can give you the necessary help to succeed.
Your new job starts with Job Club. We will provide you with the tools and skills you need to find a job. Job Club is staffed with experts ready to help you with excellent job search advice. We will provide you access to a computer and will offer resume-building, employment application and mock interview workshops, motivational sessions, and introduction to potential employers. Our experts have helped thousands of people just like you secure a job and great careers too!
Vocational Assessment is an activity you will be referred to when you don’t obtain full-time employment through Job Club. It is a one-day activity that will help you identify job interests and vocational employment goals. You will receive information about how to qualify for the jobs in your areas of interest and the jobs available in that profession.
After your Vocational Assessment, you and your GAIN Services Worker will develop a Welfare-to-Work Plan. This is a list of all the GAIN activities you agree to complete, based on your goals. The plan also includes supportive services such as transportation, child care, and other benefits to help you attend these activities.
Welfare-to-Work activities include employment, job search, assessments, education and training, community service, substance use disorder treatment, mental health services, domestic violence counseling and many others.
You have two years, known as the Welfare-to-Work 24-Month Clock, to participate in all that GAIN has to offer you. You will have more choices of activities to participate in during your Welfare-to-Work, including: counseling, treatment, education, and others.
After two years in Welfare-to-Work, you will have a shorter list of activities to choose to participate in to continue to receive the same amount of cash aid. Your GAIN Services Worker will explain more about this shorter list to you before your two years is completed.
You will also receive a notice before you reach the end of your two years letting you know how you may qualify for an extension and what steps you will need to take next.
After two years, if you do not meet your new participation requirements, your cash aid may be reduced.
The easiest and quickest way is to apply for CalWORKs online at Your Benefits Now.
Educational and training opportunities are available to help you build on your existing skills and prepare you for a specific job that interests you. You may be assigned to an education or training program at an adult school or community college to earn a degree or certificate in a specific program.
You can also receive help with earning a high school diploma or a high school equivalency, such as General Educational Development (GED) and/or adult basic education courses, such as remedial instruction in reading and math, and English as a Second Language.
We can help pay for books, supplies, transportation, and child care costs.
Am I eligible for GAIN once I reach my CalWORKs 48-Month Time Limit?
You may continue to participate in GAIN through Post-Time Limit services for up to 3 months from when you reach your 48 months if you are still receiving cash aid for at least one child. You will not be eligible for cash aid for yourself, but can get help with transportation, books, clothing, and child care to attend your GAIN activity.