Workforce Development

Job Readiness Training & Placement

ABJ’s Mending Minds Bridge and A.R.T.S. programs serve as a perfect blend to creatively help clients achieve success in jobs and careers.  Job readiness training and placement services are provided to public aid recipients receiving SNAP and Work First benefits.  Our program is unique as it draws from the arts which are known to stimulate the mind, build confidence, and instill a strong work ethic.  Mending Minds is crafted to address and remove barriers that prevent clients from becoming gainfully employed.  ABJ utilizes an integrated combination of comprehensive social services, case management, and best practices, coupled with robust pre-employment instruction, personal coaching and mentoring.  With the arts, entertainment, technology, manufacturing, and hospitality industries as ABJ’s key markets, we set out to “mend minds” and help clients achieve high levels of success.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Offered to able-bodied individuals receiving non-cash benefits from Public Aid

Work First

 Offered to Public Aid recipients with dependents receiving cash and non-cash benefits.

Peer to Peer Support Group

Clients meet once a week for a “power up” that includes reviewing job leads, completing applications, participating in mock interviews, and providing ongoing support to one another.


Vocational Skills

ABJ offers highly specialized training in customer service, computer skills, and hospitality.  Other training leading to certifications is offered in collaboration with City Colleges of Chicago.