OCO has launched a new program aimed at removing barriers that keep community members from achieving their goal of obtaining employment, furthering their education or advancing in their current job.
Funded by ESPRI (Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative) / LIFT Oswego and the Onondaga County Alliance for Economic Inclusion, OCO’s SCORE (Support, Collaboration, Opportunity, Resources, Education and Employment) program brings together more than 20 community partners working together to provide a workforce development program aimed at creating job readiness.
“For many in our community finding meaningful employment is a real challenge,” said OCO Collaboration Manager for Workforce Development Tina Eusepi. “Education, childcare, transportation, job skills, and interpersonal skills are all barriers that can impede someone from their goal of landing a job they can grow with. The SCORE program works to eliminate those barriers through empowerment and job readiness. One of the key factors in achieving that is by making it easy to access the necessary resources; to achieve that we established ‘The Hub’.”
Located at 75 East First Street inside OCO’s Oswego office, The Hub is a one stop center that community members can visit to receive information, training and guidance from a number of partnering agencies that offer a range of specific services. Partnering agencies include:
- Farnham Family Services - Providing peer services & assistance with treatment for substance abuse, Circle of Security parenting classes and Teen support groups.
- OCO’s After School Program - Goal planning and engagement for Oswego city parents.
- OCO Literacy Volunteers - Support for those experiencing literacy and math barriers.
- Integrative Counseling Services – Providing depression and anxiety screenings.
- OCO Homeless Services-walk in services for those experiencing homelessness.
- The Center for Career and Community Education - Enrollment and course
information on adult education and certificate programs.
- Head Start - Enrollment and program information on pre-kindergarten services.
- Salvation Army – Anti-poverty and workforce case management.
- OCO Health Educators - Providing transportation and connecting consumers to reproductive health centers as well as group presentations.
- Connext Care- Providing enrollment into health care services.
- OCO The SPOT - Provides a substance free programming for youth that supports wellness, recovery and a drug free lifestyle.
- Cayuga Community College Enrollment and ACT WorkKeys partner.
- CiTi, BOCES, and CCCE (Center for Career and Community Education).
- The County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism & Addictions (C.O.C.O.A.A.) – Providing services to those affected by chemical dependency.
- Oswego Industries and ARC of Oswego County - Soft skills training.
- VA Healthcare - Peer support and services to veterans that are experiencing homelessness.
- NY Connects - Information and assistance on Long Term Services and Supports available to people of all ages and incomes.
- OCO Options - Parenting and infant care classes and support services.
- Harbor Lights Chemical Dependency Services - Narcan trainings.
Currently all services are available at The Hub in Oswego.
“We’re excited about project,” said Eusepi. “We’re looking into additional funding so that we may expand these services to other locations and perhaps even add a mobile unit that would travel throughout the county. We are continuing to add partners and working on ways to eliminate every barrier we can so that we can help create a job ready workforce that benefits our community and strengthen our families.”
For more information on OCO’s SCORE program and to access The Hub’s monthly schedule visit www.facebook/OCOSCORE or call 315-342-7532x1639 or text 315-313-2324.
OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations. For more information, visit www.oco.org. Did you know? It’s OCO!