Sans Souci Awarded Grant to Create Educational Center

October 29, 2015

Centra Foundation awarded a grant of $5,000 to Sans Souci to create a Study and Education Center.  The center will be a key component in Sans Souci’s Transitional Employment Development program.  The program provides support and training to individuals who lack the skills to gain employment in the local workforce. Participants are trained and mentored by upper level employees to help them develop the necessary skills.

The grant award helped Sans Souci utilize additional space they recently added to their organization footprint.  The non-profit organization that shared building space with Sans Souci moved out earlier in the year.  By reconfiguring its operational space Sans Souci was able to create the Study and Education Center to hold classes and for independent study.  Currently the employee breakroom is used for this purpose with people eating and studying at the same time. The new room will be used for HSE (High School Equivalency) classes (previously GED), personal development and financial literacy classes. 

Centra Foundation’s support also includes the provision of a financial literacy curriculum, Making the Right Money Moves.  The program is provided to a number of area high schools including Columbus East and Columbus North. The seven-lesson financial skills course teaches practical lessons including; budgeting, keeping good financial records, the importance of saving regularly and the use of credit and debit cards. The foundation felt that it was important to provide an opportunity for program participants to gain a sound understanding of money management and how to make wise financial choices as part of the Employee Development program. 

Sans Souci’s Transition Employment Program offers a pathway to permanent employment for individuals with limited job skills.  This is a long term program which typically takes 18-24 months to complete. The pathway when completed will lead to higher paying jobs and self-sufficiency for participants.  Last year employees received over 1,000 hours of training which resulted in 20% of Sans Souci employees graduating from the program and finding a job in the community where they could earn a higher wage.

Sheryl Adams, Sans Souci Executive Director said about the program and grant award, “This program is one of the puzzle pieces in our quest to improve the financial stability of our employees. By teaching our employees about personal finance we are setting them up for success in the future. Thanks to Centra Foundation for making this possible.”

Centra Foundation is delighted to make an investment in Sans Souci’s Study and Education Center.  Sans Souci will be providing photos of the center when it has been completed and will keep us updated on the successes of its employees.  

Pictured L to R,   Ryanne Fenimore, Centra Foundation Board member, Sheryl Adams, Sans Souci Executive Director,  Connie Munn and Bob Kubiszewski; Sans Souci Board Members and Lyn Morgan, Centra Foundation Chair.

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