Status Report

A Pilgrim Pumpkin with Eye Brows

A Pilgrim Pumpkin with Eye Brows

Financials updated

through yesterday, November 3 2015. Link is here

Employers

If you need reliable workers and can accept persons who are older and sometimes are ex-prisoners who just want to support themselves with honest labor, email me with blunt specifics of what you need. If I see someone who fits your needs I will connect them with you. In some cases we can train someone to fit your requirements. I will avoid wasting your time with someone who is clearly not a fit the job.

Email Newsletter Starting

I am opening enrollment in an email based update / newsletter. Newsletter is free: expected distribution is quarterly (four per year).

If you would like to be added to my list for this newsletter please send your email to jdnash@alt-fw.org subject line to the effect “Please add me to your newsletter group”.

Current classes and census:

Students use both Linux and Windows 7, alternating back and forth between the two OS until they can easily work in either — just let them have the job!

Tuesdays, 13:00-15:00: Fort Wayne Housing Authority: 4 students, Currently on Spreadsheets / Budgeting, next up National Sales Charts

Thursdays, 13:00-15:00: Volunteers of America, 4 students, Currently on Internet Job Search / Resume / Applying for jobs with Indiana DWD IndianaCareerConnect.com, next up Core skills: Multiple Windows, Formatting Text, and File Systems.

Monday – Friday, 9:00-13:00, Catholic Charities SCSEP “Senior Aides”, Starting Monday 9:00 Orientation. Under Federal supervision, the participants perform 20 hours per week training for which they are paid minimum wage. Half this is computer job skills and workplace expectations training, and half light cleaning using modern machinery. See Jennifer Zamaites or Eliza Jackson at Catholic Charities for information 260.422.5625.

Two grant requests are pending

one by invitation. Appears there will be no further activity on those this year and hopefully we will be chosen for funding Jan 2016. The program for next year is Back to Work 2016, just as this year was Back to Work 2015. These grants would cover:

  1. Ramsey Financial Peace University (9 weeks, $109 per participant) added to curriculum for all participants. A $20 fee will be charged each participant and returned to participant upon successful completion of the nine (9) week curriculum. Includes one year membership in FPU including financial counselling and support group. Within the first 90 days the average family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700. These nine lessons will teach them to get out of debt the same way they learned to walk-one step at a time.
  2. Replacement of computers (computer box only — reusing screen, keyboard, mouse, UPS) so all can run Windows 10 as well as Linux. Three of the six in the bridge room cannot be upgraded further to make them compatible with Windows 10. Retired computers will go to local (new) public charities who are actively teaching job skills consistent with the Spirit and Letter of our Articles of Incorporation Article II, Article VII, and Article VIII and Article 5 section 5.01 of our By Laws.
    • The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes … to provide training services … job skills and basic life skills, without charging a fee to the clients for these services; to conduct and disclose research as is to advance the state of the art; to make available (at no cost or for a nominal fee) the materials used in training and the results of research … to develop the character of the clients in a positive way, so that they may become more self sufficient and better citizens, and so that they build relationships that will help them make positive and sustained social progress… The Corporation is not intended to serve a religious function, such as conducting church services. (Article II)
    • No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons … (Article VIII)
    • (distribution of assets may be made ) …to … organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, or educational purposes as shall at the time qualify as an organization exempt from Federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine. (Article VII)
    • No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its Directors, officers, or other private persons (By Laws, Article 5 Section 5.01)
    • For full text of our Formation Documents, please click on the link for 501(c)(3) Info
  3. 20 Volume Licenses for Windows 10 ($15) and Office 2016 ($40). Charities use volume licenses and do not receive the free upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft donates the licenses to techsoup.org, which charges an “administrative fee” a little under 10% of the retail price to allow financial support of their staff.
  4. 100 Notebook Computers for placement with local charities and off-site computer job skills classes
  5. 10.1″ Android Tablets to start mobile device classes. This is an unusual project in that it is sustainable after the original investment. The tablets are made available to the participants for $120 each, and new tablets purchased with the proceeds. The student receives a nice tablet s/he has learned how to use for a very low price, and the charity will always have current technology with which to teach, plus a small profit for contingencies such as breakage.

How to Help

If you would like to help our effort, you can send me an email with your resume and area that you would like to volunteer to teach. No money is paid to instructors or staff. If you would like to help but do not have time to volunteer, we will be happy to do the hard part for you: you can support the work financially.

Send your check to:
Adult Life Training, Inc.
3301 E COLISEUM BLVD
FORT WAYNE, IN 46805

Or use the PayPal “Donate” button at the top of our web pages at http://alt-fw.org. Adult Life Training, Inc. is a recognized Public Charity exempt from income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3). Donations to Adult Life Training, Inc. are tax deductible under IRC Section 170.

“The Adult Life Training, Inc. school admits students of any race, color, and national origin and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.”

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