ERIC Number: ED315509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Project WORTH: Research Report.
Project WORTH (Work Opportunity Readiness for the Homeless) is a federally funded project in Louisville, Kentucky, in which participants come to the program site from shelters via school bus or from transitional housing by public transportation. Preschool children attend day care on site. The adults participate in a varied program that includes academic classes, life skills classes, job readiness training, and vocational training. Students attend classes 4 days per week, allowing them a business day to visit the social service agencies or to go to the clinics. Staff members use the time for planning and developing programs, visiting clients at centers, and for needed rest and relaxation. Focused interviews were conducted with seven participants after the project had been in operation for 6 months. (It is now in its second full year of operation.) The interviews, reported through quotations from participants, showed that homelessness has many causes, most stemming from physical and emotional neglect in childhood. The participants suffered from low self-esteem and lack of a feeling of belonging, which prevented them from making conscious, rational, future-oriented decisions for themselves. The WORTH project attempted most of all to raise self-esteem and to get participants to think of their own and their children's futures, especially in terms of education. At the time of the study, the project seemed to be succeeding. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky (Louisville)