Career Development Program (CDP) accepts eligible individuals who desire to obtain full-time employment and provides them with the support necessary to be successful. In order to be accepted into the CDP, clients must meet a certain set of criteria and have minimal barriers to employment.
The CDP consists of three phases:
- Phase 1: Vocational Readiness in which clients volunteer at SHO in order to simulate a real-life work environment. During this phase, they receive training on interview skills,interpersonal skills, and resume development skills. This training is done both in-house and through a partner organization, STRIVE.
- Phase 2: Transitional Housing in which clients, who have attained jobs, move into housing provided by SHO for up to six months and have the majority of their costs of living paid for by SHO (rent, furniture, electricity, water, and sanitation). Currently,individuals in the CDP live in apartments leased by SHO for 30 days rent-free. However, after our property at 1155 Lucile Avenue* in Southwest Atlanta is renovated, new participants will live in this 10-unit apartment complex during Phase 2.
- Phase 3: Permanent Supportive Housing in which clients move into housing secured by SHO and pay rent on a bi-monthly basis. This phase happens after clients have shown continued and stable growth in their careers and have met criteria outlined in the Self-Sufficiency Matrix. During Phase 3, clients receive continued, intensive case management and support from SHO. All aspects of CDP take place under the supervision of a case manager who works closely with the clients and their employers. By providing long-term, intensive case management coupled with intimate relationships with our job partners such as CKS packaging and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, we work diligently to ensure our clients’ success.