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General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW)

The General Relief Opportunities for Work Program, also known as GROW, provides employment and training services to help employable General Relief (GR) customers obtain jobs and eliminate the need for GR benefits. Participation in GROW is mandatory as a condition of aid. You will be assigned to a GROW Case Manager who will help you to achieve your employment goals. While participating in GROW, you will be assigned to activities such as Vocational Assessment, Skills for Work, Career Opportunities Resources and Employment, or Education and Training. GROW helps with transportation cost and job-related expenses, such as supplies or uniforms. Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder, and Domestic Violence services are also available to you through the GROW Program.


Orientation is the first activity in GROW. It provides an overview of the GROW Program, services available, participation requirements, and benefits of participation and employment. Completing orientation will help you understand the program before meeting with your GROW Case Manager.    

You can complete Orientation by:

  • Calling (866) 488-8482 Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm; or
  • Watching the video using the link below.

Please inform your GROW Case Manager you completed Orientation at your first appointment. 


Case Management

During your first Case Manager Appointment (CMA), a job skills assessment is completed to gather information regarding your skills, work history, education, etc. This information is used to help identify your employment goals and the next GROW activity that will help you reach those goals. You will continue to receive CMAs to discuss your progress and determine your next activity.

GROW Activities

Educational Services

  • Education/Training
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Literacy
  • High School Equivalency Test 
  • Self-Initiated Program 


Youth Services

  • GROW Transition-Age Youth Employment Program
  • GROW Youth Employment Program 
  • TAYportunity Program


Training Services

  • Short-Term Training 
  • Office Occupations 
  • Security Officer Training


Employment Development Services

  • Career Opportunities Resources and Employment 
  • One-Stop/WorkSource
  • Interactive Case Management 
  • Job Development 
  • Post-Employment Services


Supportive Services

  • Domestic Violence, Substance Use Disorder or Mental Health 
  • Expungement 
  • Transportation and Ancillary Expenses
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Funding provided in part of United States Department of Agriculture. USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer and Lender.

Apply On-Line with BenefitsCal

The easiest and quickest way is to apply for General Relief online at BenefitsCal.

Apply by Telephone for CalFresh and Medi-Cal
You can apply by phone. Call the Customer Service Center (CSC) (866) 613-3777 to have an application mailed to you.

Apply In Person
You can apply In person at any Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District Office or outreach site.