P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility in Developing Employment)


In the PRIDE program, adult participants are referred by Ohio Means Jobs to participate in work experience and classroom activities.

Participants will attend weekly classes and participate in work activities that will sharpen their employment skills, such as increased productivity, attention to detail and extensive job search aptitude.

Participants will use applied work activity to develop practical work-related skills and to practice new work behaviors and skills learned in the classroom setting.

The program also focuses on reduction of barriers that stand in the way of gaining and maintaining unsubsidized employment.

The PRIDE program is designed to meet the needs of each person referred, while providing the structure necessary to meet the requirements of their referring agency.

Expected Client Outcomes

The participant is expected to gain employment at a standard living wage prior to the end of their benefit period.

Clients Served

  • Emotionally disabled individuals
  • Veterans
  • Individuals who require re-entry assistance
  • Physically disabled individuals
  • Developmentally disabled individuals
  • Severely disabled individuals
  • Those with multiple disabilities
  • Unemployed, underemployed or inappropriately employed individuals
  • Individuals who lack vocational goals
  • Individuals who require verification of vocational potential

Admission Criteria

A person referred into PRIDE must be unemployed/underemployed and must have a state-determined requirement to participate in a designated work experience program training site.

The program is targeted towards those individuals lacking basic social skills, work skills, work habits, work experience and/or a definite career goal.

Participation is a means for people to fulfill the requirements set forth by the state of Ohio for obtaining Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits from the Department of Job and Family Services.

Service Time

This program has a rolling enrollment and typically runs 80 days on a fixed schedule.

Scheduling is individually determined based on the hours of participation required by the referring agency.

Once removed from the program, each client can expect 180 days of follow-up support.

Service Location

Goodwill Training Center
600 Hulbert Ave.
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Who is eligible for these services?

Eligibility is based on factors determined by the Ashtabula Department of Job and Family Services (ACDJFS).

How can you access this service?

Please contact ACDJFS at the phone number below for further information, including how to apply for this service.

Ashtabula County Jobs and Family Services
Ohio Means Jobs
2247 Lake Avenue
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004

Phone: (440) 994-1234
Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday

Program Procedures

The PRIDE staff offers services every day in the facility and works with the participant to:

  1. Develop job Seeking skills
  2. Develop new on-the-job skills in a supportive environment
  3. Improve his or her ability to interview/present well to employers
  4. Assist client in adjusting to a work environment’s demands
  5. Increase work tolerances
  6. Build confidence and self-esteem through class activities and work experience