STANDARD OF LIVING AUGMENTATION
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- Health Care Heroes Appreciation Week
- Events Information
- My Dog Is My Home's Inaugural Co-Sheltering Conference - March 3-4, 2021 (Scholarships Available)
- Supporting Family Drug Court Participants through Comprehensive Case Plans: We’re In This Together—Webinar
- Local Organizations Invited to Participate in Symposium on Social Isolation of Seniors
- Evidence-based Practices for Aging in Place
- Aging, Mental Health, and Chronic Illness
- Working with individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Chronic Mental Illness as they Age
- Coping with Change and Loss: Impacts of COVID-19
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Basics Webinar
- “Navigating the Housing Crisis: Your Rights and Resources”
- Virtual Community Garden Workshop
- Preventing Eviction During the Ongoing Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond
- Olympic Steel Career Fair
- Certified Recovery Specialist and Family Specialist Program Course
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Class of 2020
Christopher Henry Smith currently serving in his 20th term as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district, having served since 1981 with Reverend Father Peter Konteh and the U.S. Capitol.
We will help you identify how your current skills and experience can translate to new opportunities. We will also help you receive the training, certification or education you need to help you advance in your chosen field of employment or explore new career avenues.
To learn more, please visit a SOLA Career Resource Center near you, or call 717-816-6806 If you are a business looking to hire, please visit our corporate office or call Gershon Bai- Lama to learn more about our business solutions.
MAY CAREER EVENT AT CHAMBERSBURG LIBRARY
Standard Of Living Augmentation Inc. (Sola) have partner with the Franklin County Free Library system for using it's Chambersburg and Waynesboro facilities to recruit, and train clients begining May 5, 2015. So come one, and come all if the following applies to you:
Are you actively looking for Employment?
Is your educational background holding you back?
Is your criminal background holding you back?
Are you concern about a disability and work related rejection?
Are you on SSI and you wanted to return to gainful employment but concern about forfeiting your benefits or check?
Are you a veteran?
If you answer yes to any of the above questions, we can help you!
Come to the Coyle Free Library
102 N Main St,
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Near the intersection of N Main St and W King St/E King St/US-11
Tuesday: 9:30 - 1:30
We proudly support the Veteran Jobs Mission, a group of over 200 companies that have committed to collectively hiring a total of one million military veterans.
In preparation of your interview, please bring the following items:
A copy of your updated resume. Please also attach one to your candidate profile online, if possible.
Dress Code for Interviewing:
Please dress for success! Slacks, ties and dress shirts are appropriate for men.
Slacks, knee length skirts, modest blouses are appropriate for women.
No jeans, tennis shoes, sandals, open-toed shoes, low-cut blouses or baggy clothes allowed.
We look forward to meeting you!
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of unique situations and conditions for workers, businesses, employers, and communities. The Wolf Administration and the public servants of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are committed to providing you with ongoing information and will continue doing everything we can to support the needs of all Pennsylvanians.
Unemployment Compensation (UC) is one of many benefits that may be available to you during this challenging and unprecedented time. This email will guide you to more resources that may assist you and your family in your search for employment, health care, social services, food, utilities, housing, child care, debt, and child care resources.
Lost Wages Assistance Program
The federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program gives Pennsylvania funding to provide an extra $300 a week in additional funds to individuals that are unemployed (or partially unemployed) because of COVID-19. This benefit is available for a limited number of weeks.
To be Eligible for the LWA Program
- You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
- You must have a weekly benefit rate + dependent allowance totaling $100 or more, and
- You must receive a payment each week from an unemployment program.
Learn more about the LWA program and how to certify by visiting https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/LWA.aspx
$600 FPUC Payments
If you received Unemployment Compensation (UC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Extended Benefits (EB) between April 4 and July 25, 2020, you will have also received a $600-per-week Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment in addition to your weekly benefit rate.
The federal government created and funded the $600 weekly FPUC payments and ended the program on July 31, 2020. Under the federal requirement, the claim week ending July 25, 2020, will be the last $600 FPUC payment you receive.
If you are still awaiting payment for any claim weeks from April 4 through July 25, you will receive all FPUC payments for which you are eligible, even if payments for those weeks are made after July 25, 2020.
For all UC, PUA, PEUC, or EB claims filed for weeks ending after July 25, you will continue to receive your weekly benefit amount. Weekly Benefit Rates and additional information about PUA benefit rates are available at www.uc.pa.gov .
Paid Leave Options for Employees:
If your employer remains in operation but you are unable to work due to COVID-19, you may wish to use paid leave rather than filing for UC.
You cannot collect both paid leave and UC at the same time. However, you can file a claim for UC benefits if you know you will exhaust all of your paid leave. Remember: you must report all income received from any source, including paid leave, including paid sick, paid time off, paid vacation, and paid comp time.
Check with your employer to see if the following benefits are available to you:
- Paid sick time
- Paid time off
- Paid vacation time
- Short-term disability insurance
- Any additional resources
Ask your employer about recent federal expansions of paid leave:
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid leave and expanded family and medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19.
If you work for an employer with less than 500 employees, or work for a public employer with one or more employees, ask your employer about using this leave. Leave available through the FFCRA includes:
- Up to 10 days of paid leave if you or a family member have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it
- Up to 12 weeks of paid leave if you are unable to work because your child’s school or childcare is closed due to COVID-19
Find out more at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic , or call 1-866-4-US-WAGE
Workers’ Compensation (WC) Benefits
If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC) by either:
- Notifying your employer to file a typical “disease-as-injury” WC claim, which requires you to provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace
- Notifying your employer to file an “occupational disease” WC claim, which requires you to show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation/industry than in the general population
To learn more about the WC process, please visit www.dli.pa.gov .
Unpaid Wage Claims
If you have been laid off and have not received your last paycheck or compensation you are owed, payment to you is required by state law. If your regular payday has passed without payment, contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of Labor Law Compliance by calling 1-800-932-0665. You can also submit a claim by visiting www.dli.pa.gov .
U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing during the pandemic.
For additional information, contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mailing [email protected] .
Search for Employment
Looking for work? Register on PA CareerLink at www.PACareerLink.pa.gov , and use the job search function to explore new occupations. There are several other resources on the site like links to trainings, job counselors, and more.
Note to UC Claimants: Work Search and Work Registration requirements are temporarily waived for all UC claimants. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain their UC benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with PA CareerLink.
Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage
You should speak with your previous employer to ask if you will still be covered by your employer’s benefits and, if so, for how long. Some employers may consider employees collecting UC to be in “unpaid with benefits” status, and those individuals may be able to maintain their health insurance coverage through their previous employer.
If you are no longer receiving health insurance through your employer, you may be eligible to enroll in COBRA to continue your current health coverage, or you may purchase health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. For more information on these programs, visit the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s, Health Insurance Options page ( https://www.insurance.pa.gov/Coverage/Pages/Health-Insurance-Options.aspx) or call 1-877-881-6388. If you believe you are eligible for Medicaid, you can also use COMPASS to sign up for Medical Assistance. COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs like Medicaid and CHIP. Visit COMPASS at www.compass.state.pa.us .
Gov. Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro Announce Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through July 10
Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro today to announce that he signed an executive order that protects Pennsylvanians from foreclosures or evictions through July 10. The action builds on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which closed court eviction proceedings until May 11 and ensures no renter or homeowner will be removed from their home for 60 more days.
“At a time when people need to stay home to protect their heath, they should not have to worry about losing their homes,” said Governor Wolf. “Ensuring that people can remain in their homes will help them to better protect their loved ones. It gives families the comfort of knowing they will have a place to live while all of us work together to fight COVID-19 and prepare to move Pennsylvania forward.”
“I commend the Governor for his decision to delay eviction and foreclosure proceedings. We know it’s critical for public health, and for our economic recovery, that people stay in their homes during this emergency,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “This order gives people struggling with lost income something they can count on — a roof over their heads.”
In almost all circumstances, renters and homeowners are required to continue making monthly payments. If you are a Pennsylvanian struggling to make your monthly payments, you should contact your landlord or mortgage servicer immediately.
The Wolf Administration provided recommendations last week to stem foreclosures, evictions and help people experiencing homelessness. The Department of Human Services activated the commonwealth’s Sheltering Taskforce and is working with local and state partners to coordinate resources for people without housing. The Department of Community and Economic Development is also accepting applications for Emergency Solutions Grants to assist with the rapid rehousing of people experiencing homelessness, street outreach, homelessness prevention, and emergency shelter activities.
PHFA is also taking action to help homeowners and renters. The agency has stopped foreclosures and evictions and is offering forbearances with late fee waivers to homeowners with a PHFA mortgage who are experiencing a financial hardship because of COVID-19. PHFA also developed a list of renters’ rights and responsibilities to clarify the situation for apartment residents and is working with landlords and property managers to distribute it to renters. PHFA is also encouraging Low-Income Housing Tax Credit building managers to be flexible on rent payments and to waive late fees for tenants whose employment has been affected by the crisis.
“During the past few weeks, we’ve had great cooperation from Pennsylvanians who understand that staying home is not just about protecting themselves, it’s about protecting everyone in the community,” said Gov. Wolf. This executive order takes one more burden off people who are struggling and gives them more time to get back on their feet.”
More helpful information is available from the following:
- Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
- United Way of PA
- Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies
- FHFA Foreclosure and Eviction Assistance
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FREE MR. GIBRILLA KAMARA- POLITICAL PRISONER, NOT A CRIMINAL. TELL YOUR LAW MAKERS TO CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PARDON ATTORNEYS @ 202-616-6070 TO REQUEST HIS RELEASE.
Mr. Gibrilla Kamara a Sierra Leonean national was kidnapped in Liberia and sent to the United States for trial on Drug Charges. He was a genuine businessman that opposed a 3rd presidential term for the former President Koroma to save the 1991 constitution of Sierra Leone which stipulated 2 term limits for president. Mr. Kamara is a genuine business man who have assisted Sierra Leone greatly both during and post war period. He was a contractor for the government, United Nations, U.S. Embassy in Freetown, International Red Cross, and he transported ex-combatants to disarmament locations to surrender their weapons in exchange for money paid by the United Nations.
After an aircraft landed at Lungi International Airport with drugs, his name was associated with the shipment. He feared for his life and fled for Guinea, and later Liberia. The head of the Liberian National Security Agency (NSA) who was also the son of the Liberian President,abducted him and wanted him to implicate political opponents in the drug deal in exchange for a fine. Political opponent such as current presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone, and former vice president of Sierra Leone, to name a few. He declined to comply.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther.
The Standard of Living Augmentation is proud to feature Reverend Father Peter Konteh in recognition of his outstanding altruistic work with the CARITAS in Africa and around the globe. To see his charity work both during the civil and post war Sierra Leone; and around the globe, click on our blog section to watch YouTube documentaries of his contributions. On behalf of our Board Members in Franklin and Fulton Counties in Pennsylvania, we want you to join us in welcoming Reverend Father Peter Konteh to the United States.
The Staff Members of SOLA, and the Bai-Lama Family want to thank all of the veterans for their services to This Great Nations.
Especially the 35 Veterans in our Program in Fulton, Franklin and Cumberland Counties. You guys Rock..
Let's celebrate the day that gave us the freedom of thought, actions, faith and speech! Today we celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave. Hope your Independence Day is monumental! Celebrate freedom! Hope your Day of Freedom is filled with family, friends and fireworks!
Independence a precious gift from God. May we always remain independent. Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day!
Freedom, Liberty, Unity. Enjoy your Day of Freedom!
It's cool to be american! Hooray for the people who live in this land!
On this special day here's wishing our dreams of a new tomorrow come true! May your Independence Day day be filled with patriotic spirit!
Happy Birthday America! Celebrating our independence, celebrating our freedom!
We celebrate bravery of our fathers and their gift of freedom. Long may our flag wave!
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
On Behalf of everyone at SOLA and my family, we would like to thank you for an amazing year and wish you happy holidays together with your loved ones.
May the coming year bring you many beautiful moments and inspiring new discoveries. Remember, "Life Is About Making An Impact, Not Making An Income"( Kevin Kruse).
The Standard of Living Augmentation want to that all the veterans in the United States for their services in keeping us safe at home and abroad so we can live life to its fullest and contribute to the economic growth of our nation. We have trained, mentored and placed 27 veterans in Franklin and Fulton County. Out of the 27, 11 were homeless when they came to our program, and I am proud to announce that; all 11 individuals that were homeless have secured housing and working full time. We want to thank Chambersburg Wal- Mart, Citigroup and Staples warehouse for their support.
In PA, returning citizens that have served time can vote during elections. SOLA have registered 527 returning citizens before the October 11, deadline. Thanks to all our volunteers in Fulton and Franklin County. Get Out and Vote… Any application submitted now until 11/08/2016 will be held and processed the day after the 2016 GENERAL ELECTION. If you are registering for the first time and are not already registered to vote, you will not be able to vote in the 2016 GENERAL ELECTION
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY
This holiday weekend is Memorial Day, the special day we observe to honor those who have given their lives during military services to our country. SOLA salutes all veterans and their families for their service. Also, a special thanks to our partners Chambersburg Wal-Mart, Keystone Goodwill and Keystone Association for the blind for hiring our veterans. Happy holiday and remember your family need you and do not drink and drive. Make sure all passengers and you buckle up.!!!!
From the Executive Director – Gershon Bai-Lama Bangura
Wishing the Staff of Franklin County Administrative Department,Franklin County Jail, Public Defenders Office, Legal Aid, Probation and Pre -Released Department, Coyle Free Library, our wonderful clients' staff members and sponsors a wonderful Thanksgiving.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY TO ALL OUR VETS IN THE PROGRAM, AND ALL THE VETS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES.
On November 3, 2016, SOLA launched its first Stakeholders Committee for Franklin County. Amongst the attendees were senior staff members of the Franklin County Administrative department responsible for awarding grants to well meaning organizations such as ours. The officials also inspected the office equipments bought by SOLA for the Job Resource Center, and were very pleased with feed backs from clients and the Organizational Culture and Structure of SOLA’s open door policy and creativity.
SOLA also elected Mrs. Marie Johnson as Chairlady for the Peer Support group and Mr. Mitchell Green as Organizing Secretary, also SOLA’s TaraLee King will serve as Secretary for the Stakeholders Committee.
We have also formed a GOFUNDME account to raise funds to buy a use bus for the purpose of providing transportation for clients and residents’ of Franklin and Fulton Counties. We operate in rural areas that do not offer public transportation to its citizens and for individuals that are trying to get back on their feet after redressing all of their past mistakes. This is usually a recipe for our clients’ to recidivate, and we are calling on all to aid in our GOFUNDME online campaign to make our goal a reality. Below are photos of after meeting reception.
TOOLS FOR EDUCATION- BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPAIGN FOR FRANKLIN AND FULTON COUNTIES
Tools for Education is an event that provides low- income, school- age children kindergarten through 12th grade with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year. This event will begin from July 1 to August 20, 2015.
Those making fewer than 150% of the federal poverty guideline are eligible to receive school supplies in August at the Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg on Tuesdays between 9:30 to 1:30 and on Mondays at the Fulton County Library in McConnellsburg. If unsure of eligibility, call (717) 816-6806 for clarification or visit us at one of the libraries mentioned above on Mondays and Tuesdays respectively. Please bring your donations on Mondays at the Fulton County Library, and Tuesdays at the Coyle Free Library in Chambersburg or call (717) 816-6806. You can also deposit your donations at 146 S. Antrim Way in Greencastle PA at the reception desk, and 30 South Washington Street in Greencastle PA. All donations are Tax Deductible.
Placement Report for April and Un-employment Statistics for FRANKLIN AND Fulton Counties from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industries
The Standard Of Living Augmentation Inc. have a decline in job placement in Franklin County and a slight increase in Fulton County for the Month of April. Franklin County had 14 placement in March and 10 in April. Fulton County had 1 placement in March and 9 placements in April. Below are the breakdowns of the employers who have proven that collaborating with social organizations is the only way our communities can move forward economically.
Franklin County ( 10) Ten Placement in April
8 - placement at T.B. Woods
2 placements at Knouse Foods
Fulton County ( 9 )Nine Placements in April
3 Placements- at McDonalds
1 Placement at the Foot of the Mountain Restaurant
5 Placement at JLG Industries
UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR FRANKLIN & FULTON
Franklin County, Pa.
March 2015 ... 4.9 percent
February 2015 ... 4.9 percent
January 2015 ... 5.2 percent
March 2014 ... 5.8 percent
Fulton County, Pa.
March 2015 ... 6.3 percent
February 2015 ... 6.1 percent
January 2015 ... 6 percent
March 2014 ... 7.8 percent
March 2015 ... 5.3 percent
February 2015 ... 5.2 percent
January 2015 ... 5.1 percent
March 2014 ... 6.1 percent
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point in March to 5.3 percent. Pennsylvania's rate was two-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 5.5 percent, which was unchanged from February. The commonwealth's rate was down by 0.8 percentage points from March 2014 while the national rate declined by 1.1 points over the year.
Pennsylvania's civilian labor force increased by 2,000 to 6,375,000 in March. Resident employment was down 5,000 while unemployment was up 7,000.
Total nonfarm jobs declined by 12,700 in March to 5,819,300. The private and public sectors both declined from February, down 11,900 and 800, respectively. The largest decrease was in education & health services, which fell 6,300 below February, while construction showed the biggest gain, up 2,700.
Over the year, total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 54,700 (+0.9%). The growth was concentrated within private industries, with the largest gains in trade, transportation & utilities, leisure & hospitality, and education & health services. Only two of the eleven supersectors declined from a year ago - information and government.
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit www.paworkstats.pa.gov
Note: April 2015 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released May 22,
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Custodial & Landscape Services
Why hire, manage and pay benefits to permanent housekeepers and groundskeepers? Skip the hassles and trim costs with our top-quality custodial and
landscaping services. Performed by extensively trained individuals with disabilities and other vocational
disadvantages, Standard Of Living Augmentation (SOLA) custodial and landscaping services come with the highest recommendations from both our business and government agency clients. Pricing is competitive and labor, equipment, supplies, disposal and transportation services are all provided by SOLA. The work itself is of the highest quality. Intensive in-house and on-the job training and experienced managers round out a highly motivated and committed team. Not only will you receive outstanding service, you’ll know that your business helps directly employ individuals with disabilities.
To learn more about how your organization can benefit from this service, please call 717 - 816-6806 or fill the contact us form online.
Veteran Assistance Program (VAP)
You’ve served us, now let us serve you! We know what you have personally sacrificed for our country’s independence and collective success, and we are here with resources and support to help you find your own post-service success.
- Current Photo ID
- Social Security Card, or Right-to-Work Documents
- DD 214, or Proof of Service Letter
- Proof of Income (e.g. EDD Unemployment Letter, GR Letter, etc.)
- Proof of Selective Service Registration (Males Only—Born after 01/01/1960)
SOLA's disability projects serve beneficiaries who are age 14 and older, and receive any of the following benefits based on their own disabilities
· Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits;
· Childhood Disability Benefits;
· Disabled Widow(er)s Benefits;
· SSI based on blindness or disability
Training to Work - Adult Reentry (T-WAR)
The purpose of this program is to assist returning citizen’s transition back into their communities by gaining industry-recognized credentials and securing employment. We serve individuals that are in the following categories:
Residential reentry centers (RRC), formerly called halfway houses, that are operated under contract with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP);
Monitored home confinement; and Work release centers (WRC), which are typically located in areas where RRCs do not exist and may include those created by intergovernmental agreements between BOP and state or local jails or those that are operated by or have a contract to operate under the authority of the local correctional facility. The WRCs allow participants to leave the jail to work or find employment for a specified period of time each day and return to the jail as their residence
Work Experience Training (WET)
Paid work experience training, with one of our business partners for 3 Months