Petaluma People Services Center and YWCA San Francisco & Marin are pleased to announce that they will be partnering to offer YWCA’s FiftyPlus Employment Support Program to women 50 and older in Sonoma County at PPSC. This partnership is bringing a critical resource to Sonoma county’s mature women, allowing them the opportunity to find economic empowerment through employment and addressing longstanding challenges that mature women face of age and gender discrimination – all the more challenging in the high-cost Bay Area.

Petaluma People Services Center and YWCA San Francisco & Marin are pleased to announce that they will be partnering to offer YWCA’s FiftyPlus Employment Support Program to women 50 and older in Sonoma County at PPSC. This partnership is bringing a critical resource to Sonoma county’s mature women, allowing them the opportunity to find economic empowerment through employment and addressing longstanding challenges that mature women face of age and gender discrimination – all the more challenging in the high-cost Bay Area.

Since 2000, the FiftyPlus Employment Support Program has empowered women over 50 toward economic self-sufficiency by offering job readiness and job placement support. The program has proven successful at preparing older job seekers to find and secure stable employment, while minimizing the amount of time our clients are unemployed. Our clients found a job on average in 26 weeks or less, as compared to the national average for job-seeking mature individuals of 57 weeks. The average wage secured by our clients is over $21/hr, which is more than double the state minimum wage. Our average job placement rate is 50%, and our placements were durable: over 75% of our previously placed clients remained employed after one year. In addition, on average half of our clients see a wage gain in their first job after completing their FiftyPlus training, while nationally, two-thirds of older workers lose wages as they re-enter the workforce, based on information from the AARP Public Policy Institute.

PPSC is excited to bring this program to Sonoma County, Elece Hempel, executive director shared, as reported in the Portrait of Sonoma County 2014, Sonoma County’s senior population is projected to grow to 143,636 by the year 2030, when it will represent nearly a quarter (24%) of the county’s total population. The economic profile of the county’s senior population reflects growing financial challenges. Seniors tend to become poorer as they age, and their economic status is also linked to social determinants such as ethnicity, education and employment history.

Free “Taking Control of Your Job Search” classes will be held on Monday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018

9:30-4P.M. Classes will take place at PPSC office at 1500 Petaluma Blvd. South. To register call: 415.479.9922. Deadline to register: September 20, 2018

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