Employment & Financial Support
Hawthorne offers low-income, working families with services across three areas: employment and career advancement, financial literacy and coaching, and access to income supports. We help members pursue career goals and develop new skills, reduce debt, build credit, and save for their future. Working with our neighbors, we have seen families transition from crisis to stability and from stability to long-term financial independence.
Hawthorne offers the following services (click button to scroll to desired section):
Learn more about how we can work with you to meet your financial and employment goals by calling Hawthorne and asking to speak to our program Navigator. This staff member will introduce you to our program and the resources available to help them achieve their educational, financial and career goals.
One of the most rewarding services Hawthorne provides is helping our neighbors find jobs and advance to even better jobs. The creation of productive employment opportunities is essential for breaking the cycle of poverty and creating sustainable economic and social development.
Employment coaches at Hawthorne connect members to job leads and equip them with the job search skills (resumes, interview techniques) needed to secure employment. Members have access to job readiness workshops. Employment coaches also provide job retention services helping members maintain employment by removing barriers (transportation, childcare) and providing advice on advancement methods.
How can we help you find a job and advance to an even better job?
Financial Literacy Education & Coaching
We offer financial literacy classes on topics including budgeting, debt reduction, credit building, and choosing financial products. Members put this knowledge into practice as they work with their financial coach to develop a budget and track monthly expenses. They also have opportunities to develop debt reduction plans, to understand and access their credit scores to build credit. Member also have access tax preparation services from February to April (by appointment only).
How can we help you learn where your money is going, rein in expenses, and find saving opportunities?
Emergency Income Support
In most cases, a job is not enough to make ends meet. We know many of our neighbors face a gap between what you can earn and the costs of basic living expenses. We can provide information and referrals to access public benefits like food stamps, food stamps, and health insurance. In some cases, we can provide seasonal utility assistance to help neighbors close the income gap.
How can we help you find ways to make ends meet?
Our monthly food pantry exists to enhance the health of our westside neighborhoods by providing supplemental food and basic necessities. It is typically held the last Thursday of the month from 1pm to 3pm from January to October. In November and December, it is held the second to last Thursday of the month. The Food Pantry is located in the basement of our Center for Working Families.