FHR’s A.C.E. Center utilizes award to combat unemployment

Published 12/26/2012

New computer equipment enables peer-run recovery center to further assist community in job search efforts

Seaford, DE – December 26, 2012 – The Acceptance, Change, Empowerment (A.C.E.) Center, a component of FHR (Fellowship Health Resources, Inc.), which offers educational and employment services, has received philanthropic support that will make a crucial impact in its services provided to the community. The A.C.E. Center was honored as the recipient of four new computers and two printers that will be used to combat unemployment in a community in need.

With today’s unemployment rates rivaling those of the Great Depression, The A.C.E. Center in Seaford, Delaware, is making dramatic headway in providing career resources to its community members. In addition to career services, FHR’s A.C.E. Center offers health, wellness and arts programs to those in recovery from mental health illness and/or substance abuse.

The new equipment was awarded by Shared Network Access Point (SNAP), a program of the Delaware Workforce Investment Board (DWIB), in partnership with the Delaware Department of Labor. Bill Potter, Deputy Director of DWIB, who is passionate about the employment needs in his community, said, “We want to help people do what they could do at home if only they had access to the right online tools. We have these computer resources to help people not only gain jobs, but to understand what labor market information is and utilize it to make wise decisions about their future.”

Jim Martin, an FHR Peer Specialist with a background in human resources, saw this vocational program as a pivotal opportunity for the A.C.E. Center and the Delaware community at large. “I know the job search process and how dedicated you have to be to find employment. If you are serious, securing a position can be a full-time job in itself. The A.C.E. Center is known as a center for resources, and what better resource to offer the community than services to help in their job search.”

The new computer equipment will enable community members to connect to an extensive array of job resources, including Delaware’s Job Link. In addition, the center will use peer-to-peer mentoring, allowing peers who have been successful in securing a position and launching their careers to help other peers navigate the beginning of their own job search.

Pam Daisey, FHR Interim COO, commented, “This is an avenue where having the donation will dramatically improve the services that FHR is able to provide. This transformative opportunity will make a crucial difference in allowing the public to reconnect with the community.”

Martin added, “This opportunity is the missing link that connects those in our community to a brighter future.” In acknowledging this generous gift, FHR anticipates that this will greatly reinforce the organization’s mission, and has boundless opportunities to make a positive impact.