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ERIC Number: ED351407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Improved Work Readiness, Work Attitudes, Interpersonal Relations, and Work Quality among Substance Abusers Attending the New Leaf Program.
Guagenti-Tax, Elena; Mulvihill, Lee
This paper describes an evaluation of a prevocational Work Experience Project called New Leaf, which offers unemployed homeless men and women the opportunity to acquire essential work-related social and employment skills in connection with vocational and educational services and drug-free treatment in a therapeutic community. The evaluation covers 11 months during which 142 men and women received on-site work experience and prevocational training while living in 18-month residential therapeutic communities that provide drug treatment services, transitional housing, and support services. The evaluation used a description evaluation approach with multiple outcome measures to assess changes that occurred as a result of project participation. Data collection consisted of information provided by participants in interviews with a trained research assistant, repeated measure ratings made by project staff using seven test instruments, and employment and housing status information. Results indicate that: (1) 61 percent of the participants remained in the program for the first 21 days; (2) 87 percent of 90 eligible participants maintained a positive Work Experience rating for 7 of 13 weeks; (3) 28 percent of 90 eligible participants made measurable progress toward employment; and (4) of 2 participants who completed the program and were eligible to seek outside employment and permanent housing, 1 was able to find a stable job and both found permanent housing. Included are eight tables. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Argus Community, Inc., Bronx, NY.
Identifiers: New Leaf Program; Work Values
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Study (15th, Wilmington, DE, May 18, 1992).