Welfare to Work

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Welfare to Work In 1996 Bill Clinton passed an Act (Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA)) that moved welfare recipients off of aid and on to becoming working productive citizens. Under the Act, welfare recipients would have two years to find a job and get off of aid. Several programs were designed in order to help encourage and eventually get the recipients on their way to being successful citizens. Our tax dollars fund these programs. The program, more commonly known as the Welfare-to-Work program was broken up into different stages in order to best help the recipients. Once the participant (welfare recipient) signs up for Welfare, he/she is assigned a gain worker who is there to help guide them through the program. The gain worker interviews the participant and tries to get a feel for what the participant wants to do in life. From there the gain worker assesses what program is best for the participant. There are several activities that the participant can join. Job Club, which is designed to help you find a job. Self-Initiative Program, which is designed to help participants with school. Vocational Training, which is designed to train the participant in a certain field or interest. In some instances, participants are co-dependent on drugs or have mental problems. There are programs designed to help the participant get off of the drugs and get help. There is also counseling for those who need the mental help. Most participants come from high crime, poverished communities that have started to affect and influence them in many ways. The welfare -to- work program is designed to help you become a stable parent. There are parenting classes offered and childcare for your children. Childcare is provided to participants who can not afford to pay a babysitter on their own. The participant picks a person or school to watch their child (ren) and it is paid for through the Welfare-to-work program. Several agencies (AP R&R) were formed and funded by the county in order to help pay for the childcare portion. AP R&R’s strictly handle the childcare portion of the participants program. They pay the providers a set portion of money every month to watch children. The participant is allowed to pick who they want to watch their children, whether it is a relative or a school or a daycare. The providers are thoroughly... ... middle of paper ... ... beginning of the program. They have to take the same training class over even if they already have skills for a job. This tends to frustrate and discourage the participant and they in turn quit the program. According to the act that was passed, quitting is not an option. If the participant does not comply with the program they will be sanctioned (cash aid and food stamps will be taken away). And there are many disadvantages to being sanctioned, homeless being one of them. Conclusion Your taxes in the long run help a very important part of society. It helps the economy by providing jobs for providers and helps participants find jobs. Children grow up healthy and stable. The participants feel good about themselves and develop a skill that will take them far in life. But the people who are paying taxes for this program are desperately in need of help themselves. Is it fair to help another class of people with their needs when your class is struggling themselves? If we don’t start helping middle class people, eventually we will all become low class citizens who can’t afford childcare for our children and we will be forced to go on welfare just to get our childcare paid for.
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