The Game: Briefly describe an overview of services offered by your agency?
The Missouri Work Assistance (MWA) Program assists Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants with employment and training needs.
The goal of the program is to help TANF participant get and keep a job to gain self-sufficiency.
MWA can help TANF participants with:
- Short/long-term goals and career pathways
- Interviewing skills
- Create resumes
- Get work experience
- Connect with employers
- Supportive services such as transportation or other work related expenses
- Keep a job
The program is administered by the Department of Social Services, and MWA services are contracted and provided through community partners across the state.
Who are the Players: Who can or does your agency serve?
- Region 1/Northwest – Equus
Region 2/Northwest – MERS Goodwill Industries
- Region 3/Kansas City & Vicinity – Local Investment Commission
- Region 4/West Central- Equus
- Region 5/Central – MERS Goodwill Industries
- Region 6/St. Louis County & Vicinity – Better Family Life (BFL)
- Region 6A/St. Louis City – Family and Workforce Centers of America (FWCA)
- Region 7/Southwest – City of Springfield
- Region 8/Ozark – Equus
- Region 9/South Central – MERS Goodwill Industries
- Region 10/Southeast – MERS Goodwill Industries
We serve Family Support Division TANF participant. MWA is a member of the Workforce Initiatives Team (WIT) and has many programs
to serve Missouri citizens. Aces Up Your Sleeve: What is the best kept secret about your agency?
We are state-wide and our case managers make home visits. We can meet at other locations, and we offer transportation and work-related expenses reimbursement when a need is demonstrated.
Show Me the Money: What funding services should MAWD members be aware of?
A combination of federal and state funds – TANF Block Grant and Maintenance of Effort (MOE).
MWA contractors also braid funds whenever possible.
Dealer's Choice: What is one thing we should know about your agency?
MWA helps participants achieve employment and training goals so they can start on the path to self-sufficiency. Regional agencies have many resources and community relationships to assist citizens with a multitude of needs.