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Grants to help New Directions offer employment training, placement

Maryland New Directions, a nonprofit providing no-cost employment coaching and specialized career training to people in greater Baltimore, was awarded two grants from the state and the Baltimore mayor’s office to provide free career training and job placement services for individuals affected by the opioid crisis.

The Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and the Maryland Department of Labor awarded grants of $163,350 and $75,000, respectively. The MOED grant is provided by the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The Maryland Department of Labor grant was awarded as part of the Opioid Workforce Innovation Fund (OWIF), which supports local organizations in developing innovative solutions that lead to improved employment outcomes for individuals who have been directly or indirectly impacted by the opioid crisis.

Maryland New Directions will apply the funding to provide industry-specific skill training, job readiness training, industry-recognized skill certifications, career counseling, job leads, job search assistance, barrier management services and supports, and a minimum of one year of follow-up services to individuals in Maryland whose lives have been impacted by the opioid crisis.

Eligible participants include individuals struggling with or recovering from substance use disorder and their families, individuals involved in opioid sales or distribution and individuals living in an area impacted by the opioid trade.

In addition to its training programs and services, Maryland New Directions maintains relationships with employers across the state and matches motivated job seekers with open positions in the local maritime/logistics/distribution, commercial transportation, hospitality industries and more.