Racine Vocational Ministry serves individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, chronically unemployed, or returning from prison or jail. Other at-risk target populations served by RVM include domestic violence victims, veterans, recovered substance abusers and those who have failed to find a living-wage income using traditional mainstream public systems.
RVM has six interrelated programs 1) Solutions for Success, 2) Employment and Training, 3) Work Experience, 4) Homeless Assistance, 5) Youth Gang Diversion, and 6) Community Reentry. All six programs offer intensive counseling and case management while serving different target populations or funding sources. Specific services available to all RVM participants include - Community Outreach, Comprehensive Intake, Employment Readiness and Life Skills Training, Employment Counseling, Intensive Case Management, Job Referral and Placement, Employer Recruitment, Work Experience, Educational Support, and Employment Support.
RVM is in its tenth year of providing employment and training support, life skills training, and placement services helping Racine residents become self-sufficient productive workers, trained in and skilled for appropriate careers, to find placement in meaningful jobs, and to retain their jobs. Through job counseling, case management, monitoring and follow-up, RVM staff help participants address negative barriers in their lives including: educational and career deficiencies drugs and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, emotional health and chronic work-related problems.
In 2012, RVM served a record 629 individuals, placing 424 in employment or employment-related training. Of those placed in employment, the average wage at placement was $11.48 per hour. Fully, 80% of those placed in employment remained in employment for six months or more and an additional 12.3% were progressing toward the 6-month goal at the end of 2012.