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Welcome to the PROMISE JOBS Orientation!! This orientation will provide you with information about the PROMISE JOBS program and the services that are offered to you. Please be sure to listen closely and be sure your cell phones are turned OFF during this presentation.
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This orientation will provide you with information about
the PROMISE JOBS program and the services
that are offered to you.
Please be sure to listen closely and be sure your cell phones are turned OFF during this presentation.
600 South Pierce, Mason City, Iowa 50401
Ph: 641-422-1528 or 800-392-2230
Promoting Independence and Self-Sufficiency through Employment Job Opportunities
and Basic Skills.
A Family Investment Agreement (FIA) is
an agreement or contract between the client and DHS/PROMISE JOBS outlining steps the client will take to reach their goal of self-sufficiency.
In January 1997, the federal government imposed a five-year (60 month) lifetime limit on receiving public assistance. This means that after a FIP client has received public assistance for 60 months (consecutive or not) they are no longer eligible.
PARTICIPATION AND ACTIVITIES
PROMISE JOBS workers have several appointments, teach classes and have required trainings and/or meetings. If you do not have a scheduled appointment they may not be able to meet w/you due to these reasons.
It is advised you contact your worker via phone regarding their availability first.
√ No transportation
√ Time spent in hospital with sick family members
other than your children.
√ Out of town trips or vacation
√ Helping family or friends deal with a crisis
√ Taking care of sick or disabled family members who do not live with you in your home
√ Doctor’s appointments for self or child that could have been scheduled around PROMISE JOBS requirements.
or will be late, you will need to contact the
worker who sent you the notice beforethat
scheduled appointment. The same is true if
you cannot provide requested verification/
documentation by the due date.
as approved in your FIA.
Transportation allowance is not available clients for travel to and from work.
Transportation amount is determined by
state mileage rate or public transit rates.
For assistance in choosing a provider that has been approved to receive payment from the state, please contact Child Care Resource and Referral or access the DHS website for a list of childcare providers.
PROMISE JOBS is only able to pay childcare providers who are approved by the Department of Human Services (DHS). PROMISE JOBS funded childcare is only to be used when participating in PROMISE JOBS activities.
If a change in your childcare arrangements occurs after you have signed your FIA, call your PROMISE JOBS worker immediately.
If a change in your childcare affects your
ability to participate in PROMISE JOBS
activities call your PROMISE JOBS
worker BEFORE you quit your job or quit
school or fail to participate. Together we
may be able to come up with a solution.
For Childcare assistance after you are no longer on FIP, you will need to contact DHS for an application to determine if you are eligible for this assistance.
PROMISE JOBS activities that you may choose to participate in:
DHS Call Center as soon as you
If you choose a Limited Benefit Plan for the first time:
Your FIP benefits will stop right away.
You cannot get FIP for the following persons:
You cannot get out of this Limited Benefit Plan until the 6-month ends. Period ends.
MEANS THAT YOU
IMPORTANT:If you lose your job without a good reason, your FIP benefits may go down or stop. If you are thinking about leaving your job, first find out what will happen to your FIP benefits. If you have an FIA, leaving your job may mean you are choosing a Limited Benefit Plan, so call your PROMISE JOBS worker. If you don’t have an FIA, call your DHS Income Maintenance worker.
In your folder, you should have two copies of the Rights & Responsibilities form. Once you have completed viewing this video:
When you get a job it is VERY important to report that job right away to your PROMISE JOBS worker and to the DHS Call Center. Both agencies will need you to report the following information. We will request you obtain documentation of this information from your employer(s) and provide to us as well.
1. Employer name
2. Start date
3. Rate of pay
4. Projected # of hours per week
5. Duration of placement if temporary employment
Just because you get a job doesn’t mean you are no longer eligible for FIP or do not have to follow through with other PJ activities.
1. You need to contact your PROMISE JOBS worker right away to determine what activities if any you are responsible for. Your employment may replace your current or upcoming FIA activities. Your employment may or may not be your only FIA activity. You may be employed and doing other FIA activities as well. This will depend upon your employment hours, pay, family composition etc.
2. If we don’t hear from you and you don’t follow through with your current FIA activities you may be choosing a Limited Benefit Plan (LBP).
You must speak with your PROMISE JOBS worker BEFORE doing any of the following to determine if you have a valid and good cause reason:
- Turning down a job offer for a job you applied for.
- Quitting your employment.
- Reducing your hours at work.
The following are usually NOT considered valid reasons to quit a job…
● Illness or pregnancy unless a doctor has advised you in writing to quit
● You quit to go out of town
● You feel you are not doing a good job
● You have personality conflicts with co-workers and/or boss.
● You decide you don’t like the job duties.
If you want to quit your job for another job that has been offered to you then you must speak with your PROMISE JOBS worker beforedoing so to determine if the new job is equal to or greater than the job you are wanting to leave.
If you do any of these without good cause you can risk choosing a Limited Benefit Plan (LBP) and lose your FIP benefits for you and your family.
& Self Sufficiency Program
What is FaDSS?
of Iowa’s Family Investment
Substance abuse and domestic violence occurs in all cultures; people of all races, ethnicities, religions and classes. Your safety and the safety of your children is the number one concern.
Your PROMISE JOBS worker can provide you with information on local services which include:
All information is strictly confidential between you and your PROMISE JOBS worker.
As a PROMISE JOBS participant you have the right to confidentiality.
PROMISE JOBS is able to speak with the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Family Development & Self-Sufficiency program(FaDSS) regarding your case at any time.
It is PROMISE JOBS policy that we are not able to speak to anyone else regarding your case without you signing a release of information.
Thank you for completing the PROMISE JOBS Orientation portion of today’s appointment.