It All Starts with Work
Since our founding, Greyston has always believed that employment is the first and most critical piece for an individual on their path to break the generational bonds of poverty. Through our Workforce Development (WD) program we provide individuals with the skills and resources necessary to move forward on their path.
Workforce development provides hard and soft skills training, financial literacy, and educational advancement and specific skills in one of several in-demand fields that serve as the basis for full-time employment at a living wage. The program is unique in that we only train in fields in which we have identified job availability, and it builds on a more than 30 year successful history of providing our own jobs via the internationally recognized Greyston Bakery. Our expertise in workforce development allows individuals to make a successful transition to employment.
Greyston’s Workforce Development program assists hard-to-employ adults – those with high barriers to employment and little or no meaningful work experience due to past history of incarceration, drug/alcohol use, under-education, homelessness, and other issues. Clients receive case management, job development and life skills training, and entry-level job placement in one of several in-demand fields. In addition to acquiring employment, which results in decreased reliance on government supports, individuals who participate in WD activities also acquire wide-ranging skills and certifications, reducing barriers to future employment. This helps them progress to opportunities that include greater responsibility and offer better compensation. The program has served more than 200 individuals since its founding.