Pathways to Employment is a hand up to people experiencing homelessness in Davis.
Developed by the City of Davis, Sutter Health Foundation, Davis Community Meals and Housing, the Davis business community, the local faith community, and the community at large, Pathways to Employment provides employment skills training and employment opportunities to persons experiencing homelessness– helping them become self-sufficient, more-connected members of the community.
Currently, a maximum of 5 individuals will be employed in the program at any one time along with one supervisor. Yearly, we expect to have no fewer than 20 participants in the program. Participants will be trained in basic employment skills and have the opportunity to advance to two additional levels, helping direct the work of others and pass on the skills they have learned. Davis Community Meals and Housing will employ a supervisor to provide guidance to the participants and teach job skills.
Participants will be paid $12/hour and will work approximately 12 hours per week. Jobs will include beautifying downtown Davis (such as landscaping, sidewalk cleaning, trash removal) among other, to-be-developed employment opportunities.
Opportunities to participate in the program shall be offered to residents of the New Pathways program, transitional housing programs, and shelter programs in Davis. The program will also be open to persons experiencing homelessness who are currently unhoused or unsheltered.
DCMH will work with the community including the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Davis Business Association, the City of Davis, and local businesses to create jobs for the program and work with them to establish permanent employment opportunities for program participants.
All program participants shall be provided with assistance developing a resume, employment application skills, assistance with job searches, and assistance applying for and securing permanent housing.
An advisory board consisting of members from the faith community, business community, City and County governments, and community representatives will provide program and policy guidance to the DCMH Executive Director. DCMH will manage the day to day operations of the program and provide quarterly reports to the advisory board.