What We Do
We empower individuals, improve communities.
WE PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES THAT LEAD TO BETTER JOBS, BETTER LIVES AND BETTER COMMUNITIES.
Our mission is to provide educational services, but these don’t always occur in a classroom.
Telamon-TRC staff members teach customers to access resources in their community, overcome barriers to employment or manage their finances. While not every service we provide will lead directly to better jobs and better lives, what we do often lays the foundation upon which our customers can build a better future.
In 2017, we served 26,667 customers at 124 locations in 11 states through our three core areas.
Early Childhood &
Housing & Financial Empowerment
EARLY CHILDHOOD & FAMILY SUPPORT
We promote early childhood education through our Head Start programs — and encourage parents — with diverse services, from child development education to family support services.
Telamon-TRC provides services primarily through Head Start centers in six states:
Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Success Story: Early Childhood & Family Support Services Provide Opportunities for Parents and Children
Natasha, North Carolina
Hi, I’m Natasha. I work with children, parents, and families every day. This is not where I started!
When my own babies were small, I was approached by a Telamon-TRC staff member about enrolling Gabe and Sidney into the Head Start program. I was working as a correctional officer in a prison 12-hours a day. My job was stressful, and I wasn’t able to spend any time with my family. All I knew is I needed a baby sitter. When Gabriel and Sidney were accepted into Head Start, I was happy to have the childcare, but didn’t see any use in getting involved otherwise.
WORKFORCE & CAREER SERVICES
We link youth and adults to educational opportunities that lead to better jobs and careers.
Telamon-TRC provides workforce training services in ten states:
Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland-Delaware, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Success Story: Workforce & Career Services Help Youth Meet Academic and Career Goals
Cristian, North Carolina
My name is Cristian. I am 19 years-old, and was recently granted authorization to work in the U.S. I have worked in tobacco fields with my mother, every summer since I was 12 years old. My parents have been working these fields for years, planting and harvesting tobacco, since we came to US from Mexico. While working the tobacco fields is an easy job to get, the work itself is very hard and we struggled daily. I worked in the fields every summer daily from 6 am – 8 pm in 90 – 100-degree heat, to save enough money to attend college. I spent many days being sick from just working there.
At the end of each summer, I would go back to school. I graduated high school with a GPA of 3.5. Shortly upon graduation, I soon realized that I would not be eligible for financial aid, and that the money I had saved from working in the fields was not even enough to purchase textbooks. It was at that moment that I realized that all my hard-work and efforts would not be enough to make my dreams come true.
HOUSING & FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
We provide support to individuals and families, leading to financial security, stable housing, and homeownership if they choose.
Telamon-TRC provides housing & financial empowerment services in eight states:
Georgia, Indiana, Maryland-Delaware, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Success Story: Housing & Financial Empowerment Helps Individuals and Families Build Financial Security
Doug, West Virginia
Hi, I’m Doug. I am a Disabled Veteran and until recently… a homeless veteran.
Two-and-a-half years ago, I had a nice job and a nice home. But when I suffered from a heart attack in October 2015, my life changed forever. I lost my savings, my job, my insurance, my car, my peace of mind, and eventually my home. I was down-and-out physically and emotionally, and I needed help.
My social worker at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center told me about Victory House, a nice transitional house for veterans experiencing homelessness, run by Telamon in West Virginia. Upon entering the Victory House late in 2017, I had nothing – no source of income, no job, and no food. I was grateful to have a roof over my head.