Cascade Engineering http://michiganradio.org en Welfare caseworkers head to the factory http://michiganradio.org/post/welfare-caseworkers-head-factory <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; text-transform: none; line-height: 21px; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-left: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><div><p>In 1998, Amy Valderas was a single mom with three kids, all under the age of seven. She had no work experience, and&nbsp;lived with her sister. So she went to sign up for government assistance. But instead of welfare benefits, she got a job offer.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:00:23 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 13626 at http://michiganradio.org Welfare caseworkers head to the factory A promising model to help people keep their jobs, and break the cycle of poverty http://michiganradio.org/post/promising-model-help-people-keep-their-jobs-and-break-cycle-poverty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today, on <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity</a>, I report on a unique program that started more than a decade ago at Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids. The initial idea was to help lift people out of poverty with the promise of a stable job.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 14:36:49 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 12470 at http://michiganradio.org A promising model to help people keep their jobs, and break the cycle of poverty