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O. J. T.B. (Only Just The Beginning), Inc., founded in September 2004, is a 501(c)3 charitable, minority-run, community-based organization that offers specialized training in document preparation and business writing. Our mission is to provide on-the-job-training to our clients (at-risk youth ages 14 - 24, displaced homemakers, low-income minority and disadvantaged individuals with little or no job experience and those on public assistance), and help them to expand their employment opportunities by receiving work skill training in response to the high rate of unemployment and lack of job training, to get better paying jobs.
Today even more so than in recent years it is difficult to get your first job. Even the fast-food jobs are being taken, in most cases, as supplemental income by people already employed, laid-off or retired, especially now due to the current economic state. "I’m sorry but we need someone with job experience." But you need a job to get the experience!! O.J.T.B. will provide that first job experience to our clients by providing our customers with quality document preparation services. And this is "Only Just The Beginning".
O.J.T.B. knows also, that the human service organizations play a significant role by providing access to services, benefits and opportunities in a timely manner. So we will provide for them - the small/medium sized start-up non-profits, the opportunity to focus on organizational effectiveness, quality, resilience, quantity and commitment to excellence, a chance to enhance the services provided to those attempting to break out of the grasp of poverty. So now, instead of having to pay an exorbitant amount of rents for only a little space, we seek to provide a start-up facility to work from, administrative and maintenance services, and the opportunity to collaborate or even form partnerships while seeking funding. This program is called "The Non-profit's Non-Profit".
Social policy issues/problems we serve are: a)The problem of how can we help to promote healthy communities and lifestyles within the vulnerable populations, and b) How we can help to expand access and opportunity for individuals and families who are vulnerable and near poverty, to receive services.
a) We help to promote healthy communities and lifestyles by training those vulnerable populations, and helping to lessen the burden and support the efforts of government programs such as public assistance programs and workforce development by providing work skill training, which would help reduce poverty by allowing a chance for better jobs, and also helping to combat juvenile delinquency by promoting social interaction.
b) We help to expand access and opportunity for the vulnerable population by strengthening human service organizations and promoting new and quick responses to challenges in the sector bycollaborating and partnering with other small to medium sized human services organizations to create a "one-stop shop" incubator program near the communities that we serve. The programs housed under this facility will include: job and life skills training, child care, reading literacy, health and nutrition, financial planning, stress management, and others to be announced at a later date. This program in turn helps to promote healthy communities and lifestyles.
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