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Treasures & Such Participant Store

As a way of encouraging and acknowledging the accomplishments of the  participants in our program at SBEC they can earn “Benny Bucks” for achieving their goals and meeting weekly requirements. They use these bucks to “purchase” items in our store, Treasures & Such.  We are dependent on the generosity of people like you to help us keep the store stocked.

The majority of our participants are women and men from the United States in need of a more stable economic situation.  Their situations vary. Some have lost their jobs because of down-sizing. Some are trying to return to the labor force after being out of it, for various reasons. Some are trying to create a new and more positive work pattern or history. We continue to have a few refugees in our program. They, too, are preparing for work.

The participants are trying to begin again, and they need support and encouragement. Treasures & Such is one way we try to offer this. Thank you for helping us provide some of the basic items they need to make their daily life a little easier. Thank you for adding a touch of beauty to their lives.

Donations needed for Treasures & Such

Are you moving or downsizing? Do you know someone who is moving or downsizing? Or maybe you are “spring cleaning” and wish to part with unwanted items.

You can help others in need with your donations of household items and personal care items to our “store” – Treasures & Such. Our Wish List identifies donations we especially welcome.

We cannot use the following items: Electronics, books, pillows, bedding, soiled or torn clothing, items not in good working condition, large appliances, large furniture, toy guns and other violent toys/games. Please understand that it is a hardship and expense for us to dispose of these unwelcomed items.

CLICK HERE to inquire about making a donation.

Wish List for Treasures & Such

Dishes
Cups and mugs
Glasses
Pots and pans
Small appliances (toasters, coffeemakers, etc.)
Lamps
Children’s clothes and toys
Shampoo
Lotion
Deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Diapers
Facial tissues

Volunteer at Treasures & Such

Consider sharing in our ministry at SBEC by becoming a volunteer in our store, Treasures & Such. We can surely use your help.

Responsibilities of the store volunteer

  • To work with a couple other volunteers in the store the days it is open
  • To interact with our participants as they shop or as they help in the store
  • To sort and price items in our storage areas, preparing them to “be sold” in the store when needed
  • To work at our check-out table: Writing down the purchases made by our customers, taking the money (Benny Bucks) and giving change, bagging the items….
  • If interested and available serve on a committee to address a particular need or project

Hours are 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Monthly schedules are created around volunteer availability.
One, two, three, four times a month……Whatever a person can offer would be appreciated.

CLICK HERE for a Volunteer Interest Form

 

Recent Happenings

Treasures & Such Reopens for Business

Nearly a year and a half after being shut down by COVID-19, Treasures & Such is once again open for business.  The store, which provides new and used household items for participants in St. Benedict Education Center's job training and placement program, reopened on August 19, 2021. Because the store was closed for so long, circumstances are now differnt and many adjustments were and will continue to be made.

Summer Bash Provides an Opportunity

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Summer Bash 2021 was intended to encourage SBEC parents to have fun with their children through the summer and provide some means to do that.  

The Bash also seems to have provided opportunities for fun and engagement not only for clients but for the staff as well.  That sounds like success!

The Answer Is "Yes"

“Do you still work with the refugees?”  

With changes in policy toward refugees in the US the past four years their presence and participation has been greatly diminished.  Important work, however, continues. 

Current Happenings

The Annual Government Monitoring

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Saint Benedict Education Center operates the EARN (Employment Advancement and Retention Network) program, a state-contracted program funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS). It is designed to provide training, skill development, and employment opportunities to participants who are currently on TANF.  Each year the government conducts an audit of the program.

According to Stephanie Krauza, MA, Program Director, the purpose of this annual review is basically two-fold.  It verifies that SBEC is following the EARN program guidelines provided by the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Employment Programs.  It also considers technical support and assistance that may be available to enhance program implementation.

Typically, the monitor reviews files to verify that all required reports are kept current, complete, and accurate.  Do the “performance reports” indicate that we are getting people jobs?  Are “benchmarks” being effectively set and used to follow a participant’s achievement of goals?  Are case managers assisting them to find training opportunities that provide credentialing, enabling their clients to move along a career path with more stable, higher paying jobs?

In addition to examining files the two-day monitoring process often includes interviews with some staff and participants.  A tour of the facilities may be taken.  An exit interview with the administration concludes this in-person phase of the process, at which time the monitor presents a summary of their observations.  This offers everyone present an opportunity for clarification and comment, as needed.

Upon returning to Harrisburg the monitor prepares and submits a written report to the DHS.  When it is accepted the agency receives a copy to read and respond.  

This process is welcome since it provides an avenue for SBEC to receive suggestions to enhance programming while informing the DHS of the demands and challenges of those we serve.

Government monitoring offers an opportunity for self-examination and growth.  It also creates a forum to offer government agencies constructive suggestions for a more realistic response to the daily needs of clients. 

In many ways, these days require that much of our life be lived with uncertainty and tentativeness.  Yet, there does need to be some stability and clear expectations amid this.  The staff of SBEC embrace the constant juggling of both elements of this pandemic reality.  The process of a government audit assists in this challenge.

The pictures below highlight some of the work being done at SBEC as part of the EARN program.

 

Intense case management--Cheryl, CMWork preparation--Wayne, Don, Taha, Mary Lou, Readiness SpecialistsJob placement--Candan, Employment Specialist
Effective use of government funds--Shari, bookkeeperRegular opportunities for staff learnings--Ebony, CMServing multiple counties--Case Managers Kristin in Venango & Deb in Clarion Counties
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