SAIF Program Opens Boutique
Responding to feedback from clients (associates) that there is a need for additional resources, New Community’s SAIF Program has accepted this challenge as part of its ongoing efforts to help its participants advance to the next level.
Program officials of SAIF (Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families) recently created a boutique that houses men’s and women’s clothing, in addition to baby wear. The boutique consists of items such as pants, suits, dresses, shoes, and accessories.
“Many of our associates are actively seeking employment but are faced with the reality that their garments do not meet the standard of today’s workforce,” explained Jackie Andrews, Program manager of SAIF. “This boutique will provide our associates with clothing for interviews and once they obtain employment, they can receive up to four outfits to help meet the need of having proper work garments while they are waiting to get their first paycheck.”
The SAIF program is for individuals and families who have reached their maximum 60 months on public assistance. Under the SAIF program, individuals and families who adhere to program rules can still receive cash benefits, plus support services such as child care and transportation for up to 24 months.
Along with the SAIF Closet, as the boutique is being called, SAIF also offers its associates computers which allow them to look for gainful employment via the internet. Also offered is a mini library with educational resources to guide the associates.