Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay provides workforce development services, including job readiness training, job placement, and transitional employment for residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano Counties.
We currently operate four Career Services Centers in Oakland, Concord, Fairfield and Vacaville. At Goodwill Career Services Center Walk-Ins are welcome and each career center offers these employment services:
- Job search training
- Mock interviews
- Resume prep/Resume Design
- Direct job placement with Goodwill employer network
- Access to Computers
- Employment Mentoring/Support
Families Actively Engaged in Meaningful Employment (FAME): We began our FAME program in 2014. This program is focused on engaging individuals receiving public assistance and needing to complete mandated job activities as determined by federal and state requirements. A monthly sample of individuals not completing their required hours are reported to the State and then the County. Once they are identified, they are referred to our program.
FAME provides case management, subsidized transitional employment for up to 30 days, and job search assistance for individuals wanting to engage further.
FAME serves 100-150 individuals annually and places 15-20% of these individuals into competitive employment. This FAME program is limited to 30 days of employment,
Subsidized Temporary Experience with Pay for the Underemployed Program (STEP-UP): In 2012, we began providing STEP-UP services to those receiving public assistance through CalWorks.
The program provides subsidized, transitional employment for up to 180 days. Participants also receive case management, job readiness instruction, computer literacy, and other services needed to prepare for the job market.
STEP-UP serves 400-500 individuals every year and places 10-20% of these individuals into competitive employment. The recent addition of an outreach specialist and job developer on the contract is anticipated to result in higher competitive placements.
We’re continuing to look into new opportunities in Alameda County that would support the county’s goals of putting more people to work.