Growing Home Job Training Program Accepting Applications

Growing Home’s urban organic farm is currently hiring for its Production Assistant job training program.

Growing Home’s urban organic farm is currently hiring for its Production Assistant job training program.

Based in Englewood, Growing Home is Chicago’s leading expert in farm-based training for people with employment barriers. They know that, when people have jobs, they have economic stability in their lives; this stability allows for healthy people and families. And when communities have access to healthy food options, the overall well-being and health of the residents improves.

Growing Home’s job training program combines time spent working on the on-site urban farm with lessons on work readiness and environmental literacy, an emotional resilience curriculum, and ongoing support for career success post-graduation.

Program Highlights:

  • Applicants who are accepted begin with a job training program that pays $16/hour for 16-20 hours per week.
  • The job training program will be via remote learning due to COVID-19.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older, unemployed, and Chicago residents.
  • Participants are meant to transition into permanent, full-time employment after graduation.

Program participants also have opportunities to earn professional certifications, gain access to free legal consultation for record sealing and expungement, and receive the support of a case manager available to provide referrals for supportive services.

Last Day to Submit an Application: Friday, June 12th 2020

See this link for more details and check out the flyers below!


Job Training Program Flyers

Unemployment Benefits Now Available to Gig Workers, 1099 Workers, and other Nontraditional Workers

Nontraditional workers whose businesses have been shuttered by the stay at home order can now apply for unemployment benefits through the State of Illinois’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

The information below was adapted from this article by Block Club Chicago.

Nontraditional workers whose businesses have been shuttered by the stay at home order can now apply for unemployment benefits through the State of Illinois’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

Those who qualify for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program must first file a regular unemployment claim online or over the phone. Governor Pritzker has recommended people file online.

Once the regular unemployment claim is denied by the regular system, the applicant can then apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

Click here for the Block Club Chicago article on the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program.

Unemployment Benefits in Illinois

Connecting unemployed individuals with unemployment benefits is key to ensuring food security.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is projected to exacerbate unemployment rates across the country. Some economists estimate joblessness will soar to over 10% as a result of the pandemic.

Research tells us that unemployment can cause food insecurity. For this reason, connecting unemployed individuals with unemployment benefits is key to ensuring food security.

The info sheets below detail…

  • Who is eligible for Illinois unemployment benefits?
  • How are unemployment benefits calculated?
  • What is the duration of unemployment benefits?
  • How are unemployment claims filed?
  • What can you do if a claim is denied?