Barriers to Employment for WeCARE Clients

Client: New York City Human Resources Administration
Faculty: David Hansell And Regina Quattrochi
Team: Analia Bongiovani, Maria Brooks, Sarah Coleman, Emily DenAdel, Aaron Samulcek
Year: 2006
Recognizing the importance of addressing barriers to employment in helping hard-to-serve public assistance recipients obtain self-sufficiency, the City of New York Human Resource Administration sought an evaluation of the WeCARE (Wellness, Comprehensive Assessment, Rehabilitation, and Employment) program's ability to assess individual health barriers and the attainment of self-sufficiency by clients. The WeCARE Capstone team analyzed demographic trends in existing administration data, used data collection tools including client surveys to demonstrate satisfaction with services and self-identification of barriers, employed genograms to identify multiple health barriers within clients' families, and reviewed relevant policies/legislation in the field of social services in order to analyze how prevalent barriers affect the WeCARE client population's potential to obtain self-sufficiency.