Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is a Center for Working Families that focuses on job training and workforce development. JARC’s job training programs target strategic skills gaps in the manufacturing and IT sectors, such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist, welder and computer specialist.
As a Center for Working Families (CWF), JARC provides bundled financial support services, such as income supports, financial coaching and employment services. The interplay between the sectoral job training and CWF models creates a more holistic strategy for helping individuals and families to transition out of poverty.
JARC's work helps to strengthen the local economy through the growth of neighborhood businesses.
JARC was founded in 1985 as an economic development agency concentrated in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor. Its initial efforts focused on industrial retention and included development and operation of commercial buildings for industrial use.
In the 1990s JARC's manufacturing training programs made the agency a pioneering leader in the Sectoral approach to workforce development. It has continued to evolve as a best practice model.
Over the last decade, the agency has been at the leading edge of new approaches that stress credit building, asset development and mainstream financial behaviors.
The agency’s programs and services have grown and evolved considerably over the last 25 years, but its purpose has always been very simple: people who work should not live in poverty.
The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) promotes strong communities, businesses and households to ensure that people who work do not live in poverty.
JARC provides high quality skills training and support services to help lower-income and unemployed workers achieve self-sufficiency. JARC provides economic and workforce development to businesses to improve their competitiveness. [Adopted 2004]
JARC Value Statement
- that everyone who works has the right to a living wage; that training leads to better paying jobs; and that the key to long term, substantive change for people is a focus on careers.
- that business and employee success are inextricably tied; we work to bridge economic activity and people.
- in supporting the regional manufacturing base because it is a source of careers and living wages.
- that best practices should inform public policy and that JARC has a role to play in shaping that policy.
- our clients’ efforts to be better prepared for work and life; and we present them with opportunities and support them in pursuit of their goals.
- a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment.
- quality services.
- high standards and we have high expectations for ourselves, our clients and our partners.
- unquestionable ethics demonstrated through transparency, honesty and fairness.
- a nimble organization that responds quickly to changes in our environment and to the needs of our customers. [Adopted 2011]