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Volunteers of America Michigan Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Grants Abstract

Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

Volunteers of America Michigan

VOAMI HPOG – Detroit

Location: Southfield, MI


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $2,052,136

Type of Organization: Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS status (other than Institution of Higher Education)

Service Area: City of Detroit and Wayne County in Michigan

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and clients who have timed out of TANF services, with a special emphasis on single mothers and veterans, and a primary focus on those who are nearing the end of the TANF benefits


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,250

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 850

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 1,125

Number of participants that will complete basic skills education: 1,065

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,050

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 875

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 750


Volunteers of America–Michigan’s (VOAMI’s) HPOG program, Healthcare Occupation and Career Accelerator (HOCA), provides opportunities for TANF recipients and those who have timed out of TANF (within 24 months) in Detroit-Wayne County to obtain education, vocational training, and living wage employment in the healthcare industry, particularly in occupations that have experienced labor shortages and are expected to be in high demand. VOAMI’s HOCA includes a client-centered case management model that connects participants with education, training, and supportive services, and an occupational peer mentoring program that facilitates participants’ continued contact with HOCA staff after being placed with an employer.

Occupational training focuses on the following positions: Community Health Worker, Home Health Aide, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Dialysis Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Insurance Biller, Medical Records and Health Information Technician, Medical Assistant, Surgical Technician, Radiologic Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, and Pharmacy Technician. VOAMI provides supportive services including tuition assistance, car repairs, transportation assistance, uniforms/work clothing, emergency assistance, and housing support. Additional supports are available through other VOAMI programs and providers. VOAMI actively participates in the local Continuums of Care (CoC). The Detroit CoC has 40 members, 6 of which are potential service partners for this grant: Cass Community Social Services, Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Matrix Human Services, Neighborhood Service Organization, and Southwest Housing Solutions. Relationships with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporations and Southeastern Michigan Alliance allow VOAMI to access TANF families and collaborate on shared client goals, enrollments, and training outcomes. The local Workforce Investment Boards work with the HPOG on their advisory board. The grantee is working to develop a relationship with the State Office of Apprenticeship.


Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019