Studies have shown that unemployment impacts one’s financial, physical and mental well-being. According to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation article, laid-off workers are more likely to develop a stress-related condition, such as stroke, heart attack, heart disease or arthritis.

Indiana Manpower Placement and Comprehensive Training services (also called IMPACT), a component of Indiana’s Welfare-to-Work program, offers much more than job training, by addressing the many barriers that inhibit individuals from seeking and maintaining employment.

“Our goal is to help individuals find sustainable jobs that meet their personal needs and wants and help them get back on their feet after a job loss,” explained Adrienne Shields, director of the Division of Family Resources.

Ways FSSA assists

IMPACT services help TANF and SNAP recipients achieve economic self-sufficiency through:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Job search
  • Job placement activities

For TANF and SNAP recipients, knowing what kind of jobs are available, creating a resume, or having appropriate clothing, transportation and childcare for an interview can be overwhelming. IMPACT case workers are there for them throughout the entire process.  Their goal is to assist clients in achieving an income sufficient to assure their wellbeing and decrease their need for assistance.

“We break down these barriers and give individuals the support they need to meet their goals,” Adrienne said.

About Economic Security

Economic security plays a pivotal role in our overall health and well-being. When we have access to the things we need to survive—food, shelter, health care, clothing—our opportunities for growth and development are far greater. Yet, if we struggle to afford life’s most basic needs, we often have to make trade-offs. These trade-offs—between food and utilities, for example, can directly and indirectly impact our physical, mental and emotional health. Economic well-being provides a sense of security, satisfaction and fulfillment, and the means to care for ourselves and those around us.