It has officially been over a month since COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, completely upended Las Vegas. It has been a long couple of weeks.
As of this week, officials are now saying Nevada should be past peak virus spread, but it is still a time of uncertainty for many, as businesses across the valley have had to make the difficult decision to cut hours, or lay off workers. Even with all of the massive changes, Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow is still here to help. FIT is committed to the Las Vegas community now even more than ever, and we plan to assist as many people as possible. Here is a quick rundown on what to expect from us while the shutdown is in effect.
Our staff is working remotely to help enforce social distancing, so the first step is filling out our application for services online (which you can find here). Fill the application out as completely as possible. Once we receive the application, you will then be assigned a case manager, who will contact you to set up a virtual appointment. If you are not very tech savvy, don’t worry. We can talk you through setting things up for a video conference or a phone call. Try to put aside at least 45 minutes in a quiet location, for your appointment so we can talk in detail about what brought you to FIT, but we understand kids and pets may not make that it easy. Just do your best, and let us know if you need anything.
After your meeting, your case manager will go over what to expect next. This could be resume writing and review, job market research, training research, or something completely different depending on your goals and circumstances. Your situation is unique, and we want to make sure we are giving you individualized consideration.
If you are interested in vocational training, be aware some eligibility requirements that FIT needs may not be available until training facilities and providers are back up and running. That said let your case manager know what training you may be interested in, and we will let you know what requirements you can work on in the meantime.
Finally, if you are a current client, please reach out to your case manager if you have not already. We can help you find resources that could help you figure out things like food banks or filing for unemployment. In certain cases, supportive services may be available.
Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow has been serving Las Vegas for over 20 years. We are not going anywhere. With any luck, we will be back in the office soon, and orientation, job readiness classes, and in person meetings can start again like normal. So, if you think you might need some guidance or help during this crisis, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here for you.
Here are some clients who are now working with case managers!