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The WorkPlace is a company of ideas and actions, resources and initiatives — all designed to strengthen the workforce. “Think it forward” is our corporate culture. Every discipline within our organization is encouraged to innovate and put ideas into motion for the greater good of the workforce…and society as a whole.

From job training to ongoing education, The WorkPlace reaches well beyond the basic requirements of workforce development, seeking state and federal competitive grants and funding from foundations and corporations to help “fill-the-gap” in training to serve more people in-need across the region, the state, and the country.

As a national leader in the field of workforce development, we regularly share best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around the country. The factors that have contributed to our success are regularly maximizing our relationships with community partners in a collaborative approach to solving workforce challenges.


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Wells Fargo has been a generous supporter of The WorkPlace’s Platform to Employment since its inception in 2011. This support enabled P2E to be recognized by Allstate and Atlantic Media as one of the most innovative programs in the nation over the past year for developing path-breaking solutions to one of the most pressing problems facing the U.S.

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Wells Fargo’s continued support of Platform to Employment and Platform to Employment Youth programs has helped numerous adults and youth gain the skills, confidence and support required to reenter the workforce. P2E incorporates a proven curriculum of self-assessment, effective communication and successful job search strategies. The Platform to Employment Youth program utilizes the most successful aspects of Platform to Employment with the added benefit of teaching youth at an early age how to maximize the opportunities that develop from a proper work readiness foundation.

Wells Fargo embraces their responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through their operations and actions. They make contributions in areas that they believe are important to the future of our nation’s vitality and success. Wells Fargo prioritizes support for programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low and moderate income individuals and families to keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Much of our work would not be possible without the generosity and support of organizations such as Wells Fargo. Together our collective expertise in building projects and delivering results leads to more opportunities. The WorkPlace would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude.


Newman’s Own Foundation supports efforts to combat veteran homelessness. Providing access to safe, stable housing is an essential building block to success in education and training programs leading to promising career opportunities.

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The WorkPlace contacted Newman’s Own Foundation two years ago, seeking support for an innovative approach to addressing core issues of unemployed, homeless veterans; helping them to examine the thoughts and behaviors that hold them back and identify new choices and practices to move toward independent living.

Newman’s Own Foundation responded with funding for a pilot project of The Daring Way™, a highly interactive workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.  Dr. Brown’s work is the subject of a #1 New York Times Best Seller and has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The program provides a safe and supportive space to identify what’s holding veterans back from stepping more fully and bravely into the lives they really want. The grant funded the licensed workshops for staff and program participants led by certified Daring Way™ facilitators. Our participants learned new choices and practices that freed them to move forward more courageously and authentically in their day to day lives towards independent living.

Veterans reported feeling empowered seeing that they were not alone in their thoughts, feelings, and how through the support of community they can make positive choices. The resounding response was that the curriculum was relevant, applicable, benefited participants in their employment efforts.

Participants shared how they immediately implemented lessons into their daily lives. One participant, while preparing for a job interview, shared how learning about his physical responses to fear and shame caused him to be more aware of himself and how others saw him. Once realized, he moved past the fear and confidently into his interview with courage. Another participant reported understanding the difference between shame and guilt and how this awareness impacts his interactions with others.

Thanks to Newman’s Own Foundation homeless veterans in both the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and Supportive Services for Veteran Families learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The investment and encouragement the foundation has provided continues to help veterans thrive in the communities where they live.


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The Hartford Guardian: Veteran Affairs Appoints New Commissioner

May 5, 2016 | ROCKY HILL — Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean M. Connolly joined Department of Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson and Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, to kick-off a Veterans employment training program...

Providence Journal: Nonprofits offer help and hope to R.I. unemployed

March 8, 2016 | By Kate Bramson, Journal Staff Writer The state is channeling federal dollars to Job Club RI and Platform to Employment Denice Riberdy, of North Kingstown, was laid off in December by a midsized Providence law firm where she worked as a litigation...


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