Pensacola, Fla. – Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) is excited to announce a subgrantee award of $406,000 from CareerSource EscaRosa as part of the Hurricane Sally Displaced Workers Grant by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). This grant will support a local disaster case management program (DCMP) for 12 months, providing temporary jobs to Escambia and Santa Rosa residents impacted by Hurricane Sally.
“My administration is committed to securing all resources available for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Sally,” said Governor DeSantis. “These grants will provide Floridians temporary employment opportunities that will allow them to not only support their families but also help support recovery efforts for their communities.”
Disaster case management is a time-limited process by which a disaster case manager partners with a disaster affected individual or family in order to achieve realistic goals for recovery following a disaster. This comprehensive and holistic approach to recovery extends beyond providing relief, providing a service, or meeting urgent needs. The DCMP includes outreach and screening, intake for case management services, assessment, recovery planning, advocacy, monitoring progress, and closure.
This subgrantee award allows BRACE to stand-up a localized disaster case management program (DCMP) by providing staffing resources for six disaster case manager personnel. Also, two additional positions have been allocated through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act with the US Department of Labor. These positions will be for six months and will support the DCMP as intake specialists. The positions will be housed in Pensacola at the BRACE offices as well as in Santa Rosa county.
“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with CareerSource EscaRosa and Safer Santa Rosa on this win-win for our communities impacted by Hurricane Sally,” said Michelle Luckett, BRACE CEO. “Disaster case management is a significant component to helping our residents fully recover from the storm and being able to employ local residents impacted by COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally ensures that BRACE is doing everything possible to help the community.”
CareerSource Escarosa received $1 million from DEO to assist with humanitarian aid, clean up and restoration activities needed due to Hurricane Sally in Escambia and Santa Rosa County. The funding award also allows CareerSource Escarosa to provide career and training services to eligible individuals displaced by Hurricane Sally.
“We are eager to assist our community partners in efforts to meet the needs of individuals in the Northwest Florida region,” Dr. Marcus McBride, CareerSource Escarosa CEO. “Our collaborative effort with BRACE is a driving force for successful economic recovery.”
To seek employment opportunities to help rebuild Escambia and Santa Rosa communities impacted by Hurricane Sally, visit Employ Florida at www.Employflorida.com or Indeed at Indeed.com.
About Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE)
BRACE is a community-based disaster coalition that leads emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts in Escambia County. We train and mobilize volunteers and collaborate with local, regional, and national partners to ensure the disaster readiness of our community. Since March 2006, BRACE has been recognized frequently by FEMA’s Individual & Community Preparedness Awards Program, “Promising Partnerships,” and is a recipient of the John D. Solomon Preparedness Award, the highest presented by the agency to nonprofit groups.
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About CareerSource Escarosa
CareerSource Escarosa is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the workforce needs of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Classified as one of Florida’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards and a member of the CareerSource Florida Network, we provide employment and training resources for area job seekers and employers. Individuals may access our no-cost programs and services by visiting any one of our three Career Center locations. For more information on CareerSource Escarosa’s programs and services, visit careersourceescarosa.com. CareerSource Escarosa and its programs are supported 100% by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as part of awards totaling $5,482,416.00.