Community Services

 

Skills Training/Education

Job Skills/Resume Development

Assistance is provided in developing resumes, applying for jobs on-line, and utilizing Job Search through the Illinois Worknet website. DMCOC is a partner with the Workforce Investment Solutions for Macon and Dewitt County.

Job Training/High Demand Fields

Services paused until Richland Community College resumes classes for CDL.

CDL certification has been identified as a short-term training area with high employment opportunities at a good living wage. The program is coordinated through Richland Community College, where the training is provided. Our program covers the cost of tuition and permit testing. Persons must be CSBG low-income eligible, have a good driving record, and live in Macon County. They are required to provide a minimum of 2 pre-hire letters from potential employers before they are approved.

Several other funding sources are available for the CDL certification. Income requirements and amount of tuition paid by DMCOC varies for these programs. Contact Amy at 217-428-0155 for a prescreening and to obtain information about all of our CDL certification options.

 

Scholarships

Once annually, the Agency provides scholarships to assist CSBG eligible low-income undergraduate students with tuition costs. Students must be undergraduates, residents of Macon County, and attend an accredited school in Illinois. Applications are usually taken in June for the Fall semester. If possible, scholarships are distributed early, so the funds can be used to cover the initial cost of tuition that must be paid by the student before school starts.

Employment/Training

Transportation to Employment or Training

Transportation assistance is provided for up to 90 days, for low-income persons needing help to get to and from work, work training or school. Potential participants must provide proof of employment or enrollment, address of employer or training location, contact info, and copies of work/training schedules. Transportation is provided via bus cards or gas cards.

We provide Uber rides for individuals that rely on public transportation and work shifts outside of public transportation hours of operation. DMCOC will pay for 100% of the ride cost for the first month, 75% of the ride cost for the second month and 50% of the ride cost for the third month. This is a 90-day program.

Equipment / Uniform / Supplies for Employment

Items, such as equipment, uniforms, or supplies can be purchased to ensure low-income persons obtain and/or retain employment. Uniforms can include any work environment where employees are required to wear specific kinds of clothing. Equipment or supplies may include tools or steel toed boots.

Licensing or Certification

This service is available. Provide for the cost to obtain a certification or license in order to qualify for employment or training. Included will be the cost of obtaining a CDL permit or license, Food Sanitation test and license, and GED test and diploma.

Housing Assistance

Transitional Housing

DMCOC currently operates a transitional housing program for chronically homeless individuals. These individuals are selected from the Continuum’s Homeless Action Team (CHAT) list. The individuals reside in single room occupancy homes with shared common areas. The individuals in the program participate in intensive case management intended to  work them towards being able to maintain permanent housing within two years.

Emergency Shelter

When funds are available, DMCOC can shelter low-income homeless families in an area motel and provide meals for up to 10 nights. During that time, the family is required to work toward stabilizing their family and look for a more permanent place to stay. The Emergency/Transitional Housing Grant through the Illinois Department of Human Services provides for the cost of shelter and some meals.

Rent And Mortgage Assistance

Payments for rent or mortgage will be made for individuals or families with a verifiable COVID related income reduction. This can include layoffs, hours reduction, leaving employment due to schools closing among other things. Proof of a COVID emergency will be required at the time of application.