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While a central component of Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia is full-time, transitional employment, we also have a myriad of support services and resources to prepare trainees for the world after RWAP.

Most of the services and resources offered through RWAP are voluntary and fall within two categories:

  • Removing barriers to self-sufficiency

  • Improving skills


To make sure each participant receives the right services, each is immediately assigned a Case Manager with whom they meet regularly throughout the program. RWAP has four departments that oversee or administer support services both during the program and after graduation:

  • Case Management

  • Job Readiness

  • Education Services and Occupational Training

  • Graduate Services

Participants graduate when they obtain mainstream, full-time employment, secure independent housing, and remain drug and alcohol-free.

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Confidants and advocates

Case Managers guide trainees through Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia by creating a service plan that sets goals concerning:

  • Employment

  • Physical and mental health

  • Legal and financial issues


In addition to regular caseload meetings, Case Managers meet with each trainee at least biweekly to follow up on appointments, classes, and individual concerns. Case Managers also communicate with parole officers and assist with open court cases on the participant's behalf to ensure any barriers to success are dealt with during the course of the program. Case Managers create biweekly reports in our comprehensive database that tracks the progress of each participant's personal and work performance.

Finishing RWAP and beginning a career

This is what it's all about. Becoming a responsible member of the community with a steady job to support a steady life. All Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia, participants must obtain full-time employment in order to graduate from the program. Our Job Readiness Department helps each potential grad by acting as a liaison to employer partners in the region. They also help trainees:

  • Create résumés

  • Learn how to search for a job

  • Practice their interviewing skills

Preparation for self-sufficiency

Ready, Willing & Able (RWA)'s financial management courses teach the basics, such as budgeting and debt reduction, and help trainees prepare themselves for life after graduation. Many trainees come to RWA with significant debt or financial obligations including child support. RWA provides trainees with the tools to face these challenges head on and to have a clean slate at graduation.

Trainees receive weekly pay:

  • 53% to 60% of trainee pay goes directly into savings or to pay room and board

  • The rest is left for each trainee to spend at his own discretion


We believe the savings component of RWA prepares trainees for financial realties they will face after graduation, while the discretionary portion allows them to experience some of the benefits and freedoms of earning money from their hard work. Just like in real life.

Getting and staying sober

Substance abuse can sabotage even the best-laid plans. All Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) trainees must be drug and alcohol-free, without exception, and are randomly drug tested twice a week. These tests remind trainees that they have made a choice to pursue a better life and they must stay clean to succeed.

Additional support is available through on- and off-site resources including:

  • Narcotics Anonymous

  • Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Relapse prevention

  • One-on-one counseling sessions


Our success has proven that the balance of testing and support promotes personal responsibility and the importance of social networks in dealing with addiction.

You can go home again

The relationship a trainee builds with Ready, Willing & Able (RWA) lasts long after graduation. Each person becomes part of our family and the common struggles of our trainees bond them for life.

Graduates are always encouraged to:

  • Continue attending on-site classes

  • Come back to share meals

  • Talk with staff and trainees

  • Attend monthly meetings


One of the most attractive aspects of Graduate Services is the RWA grant program. The program consists of $1,000 in grant money that is paid out over a five-month period conditioned on passing a drug test and providing rent receipts and pay stubs. These grants significantly help graduates transition into their new lives and they help RWA staff document the program's lasting success.

RWA Graduates are:

  • Sober, employed full-time, and independently housed

  • Contributing and responsible members of their families

  • Tax-paying, law-abiding, and self-sufficient members of their communities


Proven Results:

  • 56% RWA graduation rate, 39 RWA graduates in 2008

  • $9.54 average starting hourly wage of an RWA graduate

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