[Excerpt] This publication builds on the Making a Difference Through Strategic Business Partnerships: A Guide for Faith- Based and Community Organizations guidebook by providing a series of snapshots of partnerships between employers and faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs).
FBCOs bring unique assets to the task of assisting individuals looking for training and employment. This is particularly true with hard-to-serve populations who often need long-term, in-depth assistance to find and retain jobs. Research conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor has shown that people with multiple barriers to employment (immigrants, welfare-to-work populations, the disabled, ex-offenders and others) need the kind of effective, holistic care offered by FBCOs.
Training and support services, however, are only part of the employment equation. FBCOs working with hard-to-serve populations also need expertise in understanding the needs of businesses and shaping their programs to support those needs. Partnership in Action is designed to help FBCOs build better partnerships with employers by offering several different examples of effective collaboration.
Some of these partnerships are between an FBCO and an employer, and some include the public workforce system and its network of One-Stop Career Centers (One-Stops). Other partnerships include other social service providers, community colleges, and local government agencies. While the partnerships may all take different form, all are important and all provide valuable models upon which other FBCOs might build similar partnerships.
In each case, the FBCOs profiled demonstrate how they were able to build on their comparative advantage and partner with employers in a way that emphasized their strengths while providing value to their employer partners.
There is no right or wrong model for partnership between FBCOs and employers. Successful partnerships can be structured in many different ways. This publication documents some of these partnerships and how they can be beneficial for both FBCOs and employers.
Employment often strengthens families, communities, and is a core mission of many FBCOs. This publication lays out replicable models that many diverse organizations can utilize and duplicate. It is important to note that it will require patience and perseverance for FBCOs and employers to work and walk in partnership.
The mission of the Department of Labor Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) is to empower the faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) that help their neighbors prepare for, enter, and thrive in the workforce. The CFBCI was created by Executive Order 13198 and this resource was created to effectively disseminate information to faith-based and other community organizations with respect to department initiatives.