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Empowering families to Nurture children, Galvanize supports, Access resources, and Gain meaningful Employment

Workforce Development Return on Investment

ENGAGE gives Lucas County parents a chance to grow and develop by offering helpful parenting and life-skills training. The program also provides workforce and job-skills education to help parents become successful, stable providers for their families.

Through the ENGAGE program, Lucas County parents gain:

  • Parenting and relationship skills to become successful providers and role models
  • Career, work ethic, and job-seeking training
  • Access to job-placement services
  • Referrals to GED preparation and other Lucas County assistance programs

ENGAGE Results

At the beginning of the 2013 program:

  • 56% of clients were not ready for employment
  • 28% were minimally ready for employment
  • 16% were fully ready for employment

At the end of the 2013 program:

  • 67% of clients improved in terms of employability – despite their indicated barriers
  • 59% of clients completing the program improved to being fully ready for employment

In addition, program participants achieved the following results:

  • 27%  reduced their personal challenges to employment
  • 67%  increased their on-going career management skills
  • 53%  were employed at the end of the program

To Enroll:

If you Receive Public Benefits such as Cash, Food, Medicaid, or Publicly Funded Childcare:

STEP 1: Please obtain a scanned or photo copy of your Government issued ID AND Summary of Public Benefits.

To obtain your summary of public benefits online, and you already have set up an account, click here:

To obtain your summary of public benefits online and you have NOT already set set up an account, click here:, and click "sign up" at the top right corner of the page.

STEP 2: Complete the enrollment application here:

If you Do Not Receive Public Benefits:

STEP 1: Obtain a scanned or photo copy of:

I. Proof of Lucas County residency. Examples may include: A Government ID or Utility bill.  

II. Proof of a minor child in your home. Examples may include: 

  1. Child support order
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Guardianship/Custody documents
  4. Report card (with the child’s name AND parent name)
  5. Letter from school (with the child’s name AND parent name)
  6. ODJFS Form 7038. 

STEP 2: Complete the enrollment application here: