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NEDHSA, Ruth’s House Resource Center partner for Second Opportunity Workforce Solutions

MONROE, LA – Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NEDHSA) selected Ruth’s House Resource Center to operate its Second Opportunity Workforce Solutions (SOWS) program. SOWS will provide supportive employment services to citizens who are clients of NEDHSA and its integrative behavioral and primary healthcare network, including citizens who are non-violent criminal offenders and those who are being released from incarceration.

NEDHSA Executive Director Dr. Monteic A. Sizer said the SOWS program “is an important addition to our integrative behavioral and primary healthcare network.”

“This program addresses access to employment, which is a social determinant that significantly affects a person’s health and ability to thrive in society,” Dr. Sizer said. “SOWS will use evidence-based practices to develop an Individual Outcome Plan for every client admitted to the program, reinforcing a client’s treatment progress.”

The SOWS program will provide initial and ongoing services to participants with mental illness, including co-occurring disorders, along with non-violent offenders who are part of an integrated care network and are being released from jail or prison and agree to seek or continue treatment through an integrated care network.

This program provides services that will empower participants by developing skills needed to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle through gainful employment, thereby enhancing recovery, promoting options, and assisting in developing opportunities to perform valued tasks and roles.

Ruth’s House Resource Center is a 501c3 nonprofit located in Northeast Louisiana. Among the valuable resources we offer are job skills and life skills training, housing search assistance, needs management, homelessness prevention, referral services, and more.

Ruth’s House Resource Center Executive Director Erika Louis said the organization is “pleased to be selected as the contractor for the SOWS program.”

“The partnership aligns with Ruth’s House’s mission of connecting people with resources and will provide job skills training and job placement assistance to men and women reentering the workforce,” Louis said. “These men and women deserve another opportunity in employment and a chance to start fresh. This program will allow Ruth’s House Resource Center to serve as a bridge for connecting these individuals with different companies, organizations, and resources in Northeast Louisiana that are dedicated to providing second opportunities.”

Ruth’s House Resource Center is located at 501 Sterlington Road, Monroe, La. 71203. To learn more, call 318-953-0133.

For more information contact DeRon Talley at deron.talley@la.gov.

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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