FEGS WeCARE – the Wellness, Comprehensive Assessment, Rehabilitation and Employment Program – is a highly successful paradigm in the delivery of welfare to work services. Funded by the New York City Human Resources Administration, WeCARE helps cash assistance applicants and recipients with complex clinical barriers to employment, including medical, mental health and substance abuse conditions, to obtain employment or federal disability benefits.
Services include a comprehensive assessment by a social worker and Board Certified physician. Clients also receive an individualized “roadmap” that includes all services needed to help them achieve their employment goals, including: job readiness skills development, placement in a Work Experience Program (an internship program), Vocational Training and Education, Job Development, Job Placement, and Post Employment Services.
WeCARE also offers a Wellness Program for clients who have medical and/or mental health conditions that need to be stabilized before the individual can return to work. For clients with disabilities that will prevent them for working for twelve months or longer, the WeCARE SSI Program assists clients with the Federal Disability application and appeals process.
Clients in this program are referred from city sources.
FEGS, together with its partners — Bronx Lebanon Hospital and The Institute for Family Health — the WeCARE Initiative serves approximately 25,000 individuals each year through this highly innovative model.