Greater Avenues for Independence & General Relief Opportunity for Work
The Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) and General Relief Opportunity for Work (GROW) programs provide employment-related services to CalWORKS recipients to help them find employment, stay employed, and move on to higher paying jobs. This will ultimately lead them to self-sufficiency and independence.
All of the services of the GAIN/GROW programs are free for employers. These programs offer candidates that are prepared and available for interviews on short notice. Applicants are pre-screened to meet employers’ needs. The GAIN/GROW programs conduct Job Fairs where highly qualified participants are available for interviews, evaluation and hiring on the spot. Vendors may receive a tax credit for participation in the GAIN/GROW programs.
Once a GAIN/GROW participant is hired by an employer, they become an employee of that company. They are subject to all the rules and regulations of that employer. The GAIN/GROW programs, however, do not abandon the participant. The participant is assigned to a GAIN/GROW case manager. This case manager keeps in touch with the participant to provide support, resources and information to help them realize their full potential.