ATR Providers & Services

Employment Services
Helping participants prepare themselves for work often requires changes in schedule, habits, appearance, and demeanor. Getting a participant “job-ready” is sometimes the most important variable in job search success. Therefore ATR will help pay for these type of services as well as assisting individuals to prepare for, find, and obtain competitive employment, preparation of resumes, cover letters, and preparation for interviews. ATR will also help pay for addressing issues that can be barriers to employment, such as CORI’s.

The Career Building Initiative (CBI) program is an ATR initiative that provides supportive employment services to participants during their 6-month enrollment period in the ATR program. A unique component of the CBI program is the Paths to Empowerment (P2E) program, which is a special job-readiness program specifically designed for ATR participants and crafted to address the common barriers to employment facing individuals in early recovery from substance use disorder. Helping participants prepare themselves for work often requires changes in schedule, habits, appearance, and demeanor. Getting a participant “job-ready” is sometimes the most important variable in job search success. P2E is a 2-week, 20-hour program which includes an introduction to employment and financial literacy, information on occupational outlooks, and practical support for securing key elements for a successful job search (e.g. resume, cover letter, references). P2E participants also engage in guided career exploration, rehearse common interview scenarios, and practice professional behaviors to prepare for the workplace.

P2E is currently offered at all four ATR locations: the Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) in Boston, New Directions Career Center in New Bedford, CareerPoint in Springfield, and Workforce Central Career Center in Worcester.

After completing a job readiness program, such as P2E, participants have the ability to pursue a number of options, including job search, education, or specialized occupational training programs that have been incorporated into ATR, lasting anywhere from 1-12 weeks.

ATR and the CBI Program, along with one of our provider organizations Community Servings, were the subject of a Stateline article from PEW Charitable Trusts. You can view the published article in the HUFFINGTON POST, or CLICK HERE to download a version of the article.

CBI Program Results:

  • ATR has had more than 1,100 CBI participants since 2014.

  • 55% of CBI participants were employed or in school at 6-month follow up, a four-fold increase from date of intake.

  • CBI participants were twice as likely to be employed or in school at 6-month follow-up compared with other ATR participants.

  • 92% of participants reported feeling prepared to find a job in their area of interest at the end of their CBI training.

  • 84% of participants completed their CBI programs.