Administration for Children and Families October 17, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Announcement of the Award of Two Single-Source Program Expansion Supplements to Grantees Under the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grants
Document Number: 2012-25561
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of State and Territory TANF Management (DSTTM) announces the award of single-source program expansion supplement grants of $131,666 each to Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action (KISRA) in Dunbar, WV, and Connections to Success in Kansas City, MO. Connections to Success and KISRA offer community-centered, comprehensive approaches to promoting responsible fatherhood, and activities designed to promote economic stability, subsidized employment, and supportive services. The primary purpose of the projects is to eliminate barriers for fathers to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency through subsidized employment, including individuals preparing to reenter their communities or those who have recently returned to their communities following incarceration. Both projects implement three legislatively specified activities: healthy marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability.
Announcement of the Award of a Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement to One Grantee Under the Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Project Grants
Document Number: 2012-25486
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-17
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Division of State and Territory TANF Management (DSTTM) announces the award of a single-source program expansion award of $131,666 to The RIDGE Project in Defiancé, OH. The RIDGE Project is a 501(c)(3), faith-based organization founded in 2000 and provides a broad range of services in Ohio to over 30,000 individuals a year with over 100,000 units of service each year. Their mission is to strengthen families through youth development, marriage and fatherhood programs, workforce development, and reentry programs designed to equip people to achieve social and economic self- sufficiency. Activities include the provision of economic stability, subsidized employment, and supportive services. Upon release from prison, participants continue in the program and are served by The RIDGE Project or one of its regional partners. The primary purpose is to eliminate barriers for fathers to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency through subsidized employment for individuals preparing to reenter their communities or those who have recently returned to their communities following incarceration. The RIDGE Project also implements three legislatively specified activities: Healthy marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability. The program expansion supplement will support the project's culinary arts training and employment, designed to prepare program participants for careers in the culinary field. According to recent data from the People Report Workforce Index, which surveys restaurant human resources departments and recruiters on trends in employment, continued job growth is anticipated in the food service industry, with high levels of recruiting difficulty, and a rise in vacancies/turnovers expected. Employers are reporting that though they have hundreds of applicants, they are finding it increasingly difficult to find employees with the right skill set. The RIDGE Project will begin offering an 8-week Culinary Arts training to formerly incarcerated fathers who have successfully completed their flagship responsible fatherhood and economic stability program and have evidenced their commitment to responsible fatherhood and show an aptitude and interest in the food service industry. The program will provide students with the basic skills necessary to function in an entry-level capacity in a restaurant or commercial kitchen. Successful students will complete the program having achieved the ServSafeTM Certification, and will have demonstrated the core skills necessary to begin work in food preparation or as a line cook entrance chef. Finally, upon satisfactory completion, The RIDGE Project's Workforce Development Department will function to assist the fathers with job placement, including subsidized wages in local restaurants.