TGHI Pathway to Stability
Since 2000 TGHI has provided a continuum of programs for low-income residents to find critical housing and living resources, develop better health, learn new skills, find jobs, and build a better life.
We work in low-income communities where 1 in 4 families battle poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, poor nutrition, drug addiction, HIV, teen pregnancy, crime, hopelessness, and a fear that they will never escape poverty. Over 50% of this group is unemployed or under-employed, have deficiencies in practical and social skills, and many also deal with addiction, criminal histories, emotional disorders and violence.
TGHI provides a continuum of Pathway Programs for more than 400 at-risk clients of all ages. Over 65% of our impoverished residents have little or no income and need these intervention services and training programs to get on track for success, lasting change and a better life.
We work to ensure that our residents:
• have access to critical resources,
• improve health and health habits,
• build new practical, social and employability skills,
• find and keep jobs, and
• locate and retain affordable living solutions in the community of their choice.
TGHI Pathway to Employability and Jobs
TGHI’s job training program at our Canteen Training Restaurant, 3646 Grand Ave, teaches both employability skills and specific training for several restaurant jobs, followed by State Certification and job placement locally in Coconut Grove and Miami-Dade County. A job follow-up program monitors graduates’ progress on the job, and helps them retain and advance on the job.
The employability skills component, “Pathway to Practical and Social Skills”, teaches many foundation and social skills needed for any job. Training in financial literacy, computer skills, and reading and math is coordinated with our partners at Gibson Plaza Educational Center, across from TGHI offices. Educational partners include Miami-Dade College, Popular Community Bank and University of Miami School of Nursing.
The “Job Skills” component teaches skills for cooking, food handling, food service , inventory, cleaning and hosting jobs. Graduates earn food handling certification through SafeWay-ServeSafe, and TGHI assists in job placement with our restaurant partners.
Participants’ performance and attendance is improved significantly with TGHI stipends of up to $15 per hour and with uniforms. The program trains all ages, elderly, adults, parents and youth, building the necessary skills and finding jobs that lead to economic stability and a better life.
TGHI Pathway to Better Health
TGHI fights HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and risky behavior with counseling, Certified Testing and community education. Our agency staff conducts prevention and Harm Reduction programs that provide condom distribution and needle exchange, and counseling to help individuals assess their risk, understand their test results, and decide on a personalized prevention plan. We are a Miami-Dade County Florida Health HIV Testing Site.
TGHI teaches how to develop and maintain good health. Residents of low-income neighborhoods are grappling with health risks caused by poor nutrition and delayed health care, often choosing between health care and food. A third of the population is uninsured, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and affordable healthy food is often not close by. TGHI addresses nutrition and healthcare issues in its health counseling and classes and in family intervention programs. We assist and teach clients ways to avoid illness and injury, how to access affordable health care, dental care and health insurance.
TGHI Pathway to Housing Solutions
TGHI’s West Coconut Grove residents are finding fewer affordable housing options as land values rise. More affordable housing is needed in good condition and located near jobs and transportation. Many low-income households are “rent-burdened”, paying more than 50% of their income for rent. Affordable housing close to work is a key determinant of financial stability. We help clients retain or upgrade their current living situation, and we improve their budgeting and financial skills, and provide them job training and placement. We partner with owners of low-cost housing to improve the performance of those renters who have had problems or are late rent payers.