According to Peter Burns, regional director of Catholic Charities for the St. Petersburg Diocese, assistance could involve helping a person search for jobs through computers installed as part of the program; teaching a client how to write a résumé or fill out a job application; finding suitable interview and work clothes for someone who cannot afford to purchase them; or enrolling an immigrant in an English for Speakers of Other Language course.
"(These) three organizations will be getting money and they are the ones that will be actively doing the work.They will be working with people in the community," Burns
said."It's really to utilize the connection that the faith-based and community organizations have."
In addition to ensuring that the grant is used as intended, Catholic Charities takes on a mentoring role in Project ACCESS
.It will help the community organizations add small one-stop centers that provide job training, support services, follow-up, referral and encouragement to trainees.Burns
said Catholic Charities also will use its years of experience in grant writing to teach the organizations how to write and secure funding that will enable them to serve their clients year after year, long past the 18 months of funding provided by this grant.