Good Transitions served noncustodial parents with low income by providing subsidized employment combined with case management and training to help them connect to stable employment.
After two days of initial skills assessment, Good Transitions participants were placed in a subsidized job at Goodwill Industries stores. An on-site job coach provided feedback and support while program staff provided case management and job development services. After one month at the Goodwill position, Good Transitions placed participants in a new position, with less on-site support and coaching than the Goodwill position, for about three months. During this time, Good Transitions continued to provide case management and job development services and also provided life-skills workshops, occupation-specific training, and a weekly job club to help participants find unsubsidized work. After three months at the second subsidized position, participants would either enter an unsubsidized job or continue to receive education, training, and job development services until they found an unsubsidized job. The program was designed to move participants into unsubsidized employment within four months. Participants were noncustodial parents with low income who had child support orders, had passed a drug test, and were registered with Selective Service (applicable to males only).
Good Transitions was implemented in Atlanta, GA. The evaluation of Good Transitions was part of the Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration (ETJD) evaluation, which also tested similar subsidized employment programs implemented in Milwaukee, WI (Supporting Families Through Work); San Francisco, CA (TransitionsSF); Syracuse, NY (Parent Success Initiative); Fort Worth, TX (Next STEP); Indianapolis, IN (RecycleForce); and New York, NY (Ready, Willing and Able Pathways2Work).