NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services is announcing changes to it Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plan which was recently approved by the Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners and becomes effective on April 1. PRC is a program at the agency to assist eligible applicants with short-term emergency needs in order to allow them to obtain self-sufficiency.

Anyone who either has a minor child in their home or is at least six months pregnant and meets income eligibility guidelines may be eligible. This plan has been recently expanded to include several services that were previously removed during a time when lessened financial support for this program existed. Some important components of the program include:

A diversion program to provide short-term assistance of four months or less to persons dealing with a very short term financial strain;

Work supports including money for training, transportation, supplies, and uniforms;

Provision of basic necessities for families involved with the child welfare system in order to allow them to stabilize their family to keep their children safe;

Disaster relief services to assist eligible families when a disaster is declared;

Assistance for license reinstatement to facilitate employment (except suspensions for driving under the influence charges and child support license suspensions);

Summer youth employment which pays for job placement for eligible teenaged students during the summer months.

Applications for listed plan services are available at the agency.

Anyone with questions regarding this program should contact the agency at 330-339-7791 and speak with Debra Whitney, Eligibility Referral supervisor, ext. 243.