About Employment Services
Look to MDC’s Employment Services for one-on-one career coaching, resume review workshops, interviewing, and monthly hiring events. If you are a service provider check out our monthly Services Collaborative. Be sure to review the Employment Blog for upcoming event information and news.
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays
All events and meetings are held at MDC’s Learning Center (unless otherwise specified)
The RISE Program
The RISE Program welcomes you to begin referring clients to the RISE Team for assessment. Clients are welcome to contact us on their own via email, telephone, or walk-in. To ensure client is contacted, client name and contact information is preferred so that RISE Staff can reach out to the client. Our contact information is at the end of this email. Please follow the criteria below to determine if they will qualify.
Basic Eligibility: (CLIENT MUST MEET BOTH CRITERIA.)
- Receive Basic Food Assistance
- Have not participated in a BFET program in last six months
- Must be considered a work registrant
Basic Eligibility: ( MUST meet ONE CRITICAL BARRIER.)
- Chemical dependency (current or prior)
- Mental health concerns
- Child safety issues in the home
- Physical health problems
- Family violence
- Criminal record affecting employment
Other Barriers: ( MUST meet THREE barriers if ONE CRITICAL BARRIER is NOT met .)
- Children with special needs
- Negative OR lack of employment history
- Lacking required employment documentation (driver license, social security card, birth cert.)
- No high school diploma or GED
- Learning disability
- Skill deficiency
- Resource deficiency
- Financial literacy (budgeting, credit issues, prior evictions, repossessed vehicles, etc.)
They also must be considered able to work. If they meet any of the conditions below, then they may not be a good candidate. But if they do believe they can work and they meet one of the conditions and you think they would still be a good candidate, please give us a call so we can discuss the possibility for enrollment. Thank you so much for utilizing the services within our agency for complete wrap around services. Attached is a simple screening form for you to utilize to make this process easier.
- Age sixteen or seventeen and not the Basic Food head-of-household
- Age sixteen or seventeen and attending school such as high school or high school equivalency programs; or enrolled at least half time in an employment and training program
- Age 60 or older
- A student enrolled in an institution of higher education at least half-time as defined by the institution; and coursework considered to be higher education
- Employed or self-employed working 30 hours or more a week or earning wages at least equal to $217.50 per week
- Receiving Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits or has a pending application
- Responsible for the care of a dependent child under 6 or an incapacitated individual
- Participating in a full time drug addiction/alcohol rehabilitation program (This does not include weekly AA or NA meetings)
- Have you received Aged, Blind, and Disabled Cash Assistance (ABD) or Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Services within the last 180 days?
- Are you currently receiving SSI or SSDI?
- Do you have a pending application for SSI or SSDI
- Are you currently receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Cash Assistance?
RISE Case Managers
The RISE project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Not all participants will be selected to receive RISE services. If selected to participate, you must agree to be the subject of a research study.