The City of Medford is launching its first Job Readiness Program (JRP) for job seekers in the early stages of substance use recovery, Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn announced. The program is run by the City Health Department’s Office of Prevention and Outreach, in collaboration with the Bridge Recovery Center and Mass Hire. 

The program is a two-day training, taking place on March 31st at the Bridge Recovery Center and April 7 at the Mass Hire Metro North Career Center. The program begins at 9am on both days, with transportation and lunch provided for attendees. 

Attendees of JRP will receive a $200 stipend as support for those in early recovery and so they can attend the program, as well as funding of up to $500 to get started on their career path. Recovery coaches and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) professionals will be available at the program. Attendees will additionally become members of the Bridge Recovery Center and gain access to resources from Mass Hire and Mass Rehab.  

“Far too many of our community members on the road to recovery have not been able to realize their career potential due to a lack of access to resources and training tools,” Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn said. “With the launch of this job training program, we’ll be able to provide job seekers with the foundational knowledge and skills that will allow them to succeed in the workforce.” 

“The substance use crisis in our community has impacted so many aspects of life – from family to careers,” said Alysia LaGambina, Community Social Worker. “The City of Medford is very excited and proud to offer the Job Readiness Program as a resource for job seekers that are in the early stages of recovery to help them get back on their feet.” 

The JRP will help connect those seeking employment with education, skills, and support as they embark on this next chapter. 

Questions about the program or requests for the link to apply can be sent to [email protected].