Through one-on-one coaching and classes, the WRC Team helps build smart money habits and focuses on the participant and his/her family's financial goals. A Financial Coach works with clients to create a plan to: establish, build or rebuild credit; develop personal budgets based on financial resources; address and assist with eliminating debt; and save money through mainstream financial institutions.
The WRC offers job training and career placement, re-employment, and/or career advancement. An Employment Specialist assesses education, employment experience, skills and interests to connect participants to jobs and long-term professional development workshops and supports. Staff sticks with participants every step of the way – securing them bus passes and work-related clothing for interviews, and providing long-term counseling support to help further their career and apply for higher level positions.
Our onsite computer lab has 12 computer stations, education software and adult learning technology resources. The Digital Literacy Instructor (funded by LISC AmeriCorps) provides digital literacy classes, technology instruction, and basic computer classes for job readiness training, while providing overall management of the computer center and assistance to independent users.
Staff at the WRC can also help individuals reach education goals with GED preparation and college readiness courses. In partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago, Advisors work to set realistic goals and make a long-term plan for success. College preparedness services and job training programs for youth between the ages of 18-24 are offered through partners like Year Up and SGA Youth and Family Services.
Social Support Services
WRC also offers important supportive services to residents and the Woodlawn community. Behavioral health services are provided onsite for individuals and families including youth and senior citizens.
If you need help with something that isn’t listed here, contact us for more information. We have partnerships with a variety of services, including early childhood and education programs with the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, public safety programming with the Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance, homeownership assistance with Neighborhood Housing Services, and referrals to other service providers, including the YMCA, CEDA, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Harris Park, CARA, MetroSquash, After School Matters, Sunshine Gospel Ministries, and Friend Family Health Center.
Download the Woodlawn Resource Center Brochure for more information on classes and training opportunities.