Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Gulf Coast’s Parent Employment Program Recognized Nationally

NCPEP Clients Volunteered to help build a community playground at an event hosted by

The Children’s Initiative in Miami

Gulf Coast was recently selected to present its innovative employment program to 36 state agencies in a webinar hosted by the federal Agency for Children & Families and attended by more than 100 participants.   The webinar profiled successful employment programs for non-custodial parents, with Gulf Coast sharing the spotlight with programs in Texas and the District of Columbia.  Ann Marie Winter, Vice President, Specialized Programs & Policy, was Gulf Coast’s presenter.

 

Finding a job in this economy is not easy.  It is even harder if you are a parent who has lost custody of your children and have been mandated by the Courts to pay child support or face jail time.  Through its Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program, NCPEP, Gulf Coast provides the opportunity for these parents to find jobs and make child support payments and has been very successful, helping more than 18,000 parents and 47,000 children in the last 18 years. The program is funded through an annual state legislative appropriation and sponsored by Rep Ed Hooper and Senator Jack Latvala, both distinguished legislators who represent Pinellas County in the State Legislature.  Gulf Coast would not be able to run this program without the support of Brent Sembler who is a strong believer in innovative fatherhood employment initiatives.

Gulf Coast JFCS’ NCPEP program assists unemployed or underemployed noncustodial parents in establishing a pattern of regular child support payment by obtaining and maintaining unsubsidized, competitive employment. More than 18,077 unduplicated clients impacting 47,344 children have been assisted since program inception in 1996. This program serves Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Miami-Dade counties.

To read more about the NCPEP program and many others please click here: http://gulfcoastjewishfamilyandcommunityservices.org/employment/

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