In partnership with other mission-driven organizations, Dwyer Workforce Development’s Healthcare Villages initiative helps individuals who lack opportunity successfully pursue life-changing careers in the senior healthcare industry. The purpose of the initiative is to reduce the personal challenges many of our Dwyer Scholars face that limit their ability to transition to permanent healthcare jobs and lead stable financial lives.
How do our Healthcare Villages accomplish this goal? It’s simple. By establishing community centers directly in our Dwyer Scholars’ neighborhoods, we can remove barriers to employment such as limited access to transportation, lack of cost-effective and close childcare options, housing insecurity, and more. Most importantly, these villages will provide our Dwyer Scholars with a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment where all of their needs are met so they can focus on their career growth. By focusing on these targeted needs in our Healthcare Villages, we’re creating a one-stop shop for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our community.
Dwyer Workforce Development is committed to using housing, childcare, and supportive resources as critical workforce interventions to construct our purpose-driven Healthcare Villages. These Villages will provide a robust offering of services to our Scholars and their families, including housing assistance, childcare centers, and resource centers that offer flexible space for certain training uses and associated programming.
Once established, our Healthcare Villages will offer Dwyer Scholars housing assistance in the form of multi-income housing options as a workforce intervention. This can include building new housing in a community or committing to renting blocks of units in an existing project and financially subsidizing the housing for the Dwyer Scholars.
Ideally, the host community offers multi-income housing that would allow Dwyer Scholars to work towards financial stability—with support from Dwyer Workforce Development—and then remain in the community once they have achieved financial stability.
Housing assistance will be available to Dwyer Scholars for up to two years while they are actively engaged in the Dwyer Scholar program.
To ensure our Dwyer Scholars can access the care they need for their children, Dwyer Workforce Development will partner with childcare centers already operating in close proximity to our Healthcare Villages’ multi-income housing, or we will co-develop a new childcare center with an established provider.
The childcare centers will serve Dwyer Scholars who reside in the multi-income housing as well as those who live in the community.
The resource centers within our Healthcare Villages will be used to conduct intake screenings, ongoing Dwyer Scholar assessments, and counseling sessions. Dwyer Scholars can connect with local outreach coordinators from their community as a primary point of engagement during their career journeys.
Additionally, the resource centers will serve as a venue to assist Dwyer Scholars with accessing community benefit programs, applying for government assistance, and utilizing necessary services such as legal, tax, and financial literacy.
The resource center will also serve as a flex space that’s available for other nonprofit and community partners to use for their programming.
Community support can make a world of difference in someone’s life—and that’s exactly what our Healthcare Villages aim to do. Working with our partners and host communities, Dwyer Workforce Development serves as a meaningful and foundational partner to help transform more lives in more places. Our Healthcare Villages model is designed with intentional “committed flexibility” so that we can adapt and follow our host community’s needs and challenges as they evolve over time.
Dwyer Workforce Development selects partners and host communities for our Healthcare Villages by concentrating on areas:
We’re currently in the process of establishing several Healthcare Villages in our service areas—but we’re always looking for the opportunity to add more locations to the map!
In Partnership with Ames Memorial UMC – Ames Shalom Community, Inc.
In Partnership with the Mary Harvin Transformation Center Community Development Corporation
We’re currently in the process of establishing two Healthcare Villages—but we’re always looking for the opportunity to add more locations to the map!
In Partnership With Ames Memorial UMC – Ames Shalom Community, Inc.
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