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A New Job and Boost in Income

February 24, 2014

Mr. P.T., 67, found that his retirement income was insufficient to cover his basic necessities in San Francisco. That’s when he approached the Family Services Agency—one of 20 organizations serving as NCOA Economic Security Initiative (ESI) Service Centers—to inquire about help getting another job.

Family Services Agency connected Mr. P.T. with a local partner to help him revise his resume and cover letter. In addition, they assisted him with:

  • Applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that his nutritional needs were met
  • Obtaining a listing of centers where he could get a healthy meal for minimal or no cost
  • Getting glasses through the Gift of Sight Program, and
  • Specific potential employment opportunities. 

Within 60 days, Mr. P.T. secured an employment option that was in line with his previous experience,  and provided the crucial additional income that allows him to meet his basic monthly essentials  and be able to start saving.  

Since its launch, the Economic Security Initiative has helped 8,262 older adults create economic action plans and access benefits and services that move them toward greater financial stability. Thanks to the approach, participants experienced an average increase in income and/or decrease in budget expenses of $250/month or $3,000/year.

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