What We Do2019-11-14T22:02:25+00:00

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 2018, we served 21,242 customers at 124 locations in 11 states through our three core areas.

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

East Tennessee is tomato country. Each summer, migrant workers arrive en masse to pick tomatoes and put food on our tables. They travel lightly, bringing strong backs and calloused hands, and sometimes, bringing their children and families. Like many people experiencing poverty, farmworkers struggle to access basic services such as childcare and medical care, but in the foothills of Southern Appalachia, a partnership between Rural Medical Services, Inc. and Telamon is helping to meet those needs and build a better community.

Through this unique collaboration, Rural Medical Services provides no-cost physicals and health sceenings for children enrolling in our Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program. Karin Hoffman, Rural Medical Service’s Migrant Program Director, was instrumental in establishing this partnership in 2007. Twelve years later, she and her staff are still some of our best recruiters! They continue to refer families to our program, promote our services to parents, and work closely with Telamon staff members like Sabrina and Tiffany.

Farmworkers and their families often face many challenges. We believe that by partnering with people like Karin and organizations like Rural Medical Services, we can more effectively meet the needs of all families and build stronger, healthier communities for everyone.

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“…A recommendation to consider Telamon from us goes a long way in the eyes of the parent.”

—Karin Hoffman

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

May 2018 is a time that Raymond will never forget. A homeless and unemployed veteran who had been addicted to drugs for over 30 years, Raymond walked into the Salvation Army’s Community Residential Center (CRC) to begin the journey of putting his life back together. After participating in the CRC program for over a month, Raymond was ready to take the next steps on his journey and look for employment. Referred to Telamon’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) in South Carolina, Raymond worked with our staff who assisted him with job readiness training, writing his resume, and identifying job leads. We were also able to get Raymond placed in a forklift certification program at Greenville Technical College.

In November, Raymond graduated from the CRC program. In January, he completed his forklift certification, and today, he is employed at a local manufacturing company. In addition to Raymond’s commitment and willingness to work hard toward his recovery, he also received a great deal of support along the way from the Salvation Army, the community college, and others along the way — such as Benjamin Pressley of the SC Department of Workforce and Development. At Telamon, we believe in the importance of collaborating with community organizations. Working together, we are able to take the kind of comprehensive approach that helps people like Raymond navigate the rough patches on life’s journey, and in the process, build better communities for all residents.

Workforce & Career Services Help Youth Meet Academic and Career Goals

“My dream for the future is to continue to keep God first in everything that I do in my everyday life. I am nothing without him. I will do what it takes to take care of me and my family. To sum it all up, to ultimately live a sober and blessed life with God in the midst of it all!”

—Raymond

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

Sometimes, life throws curve balls. Just ask Cynthia. She was working as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), pursuing college classes to receive her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse degree), and juggling the responsibilities of being a mother and wife, when her dad suffered a stroke, requiring her to become a caregiver for her parents.

Caregiving and a devotion to family came naturally to Cynthia, but in the back of her mind, she wanted to provide her family with more: greater economic security and a house, rather than the cramped apartment shared by seven family members. As immigrants from Nigeria, Cynthia and her family felt strongly about pursuing the many opportunities available to them in America.

When Cynthia found our Head Start program in Delaware, we learned about her need for early childhood education for her children, and her goal of home ownership. In Head Start, Cynthia’s children are gaining critical school-readiness education. And, through Telamon’s unique partnership with the $tand By Me program, Cynthia worked with one of the program’s financial coaches and obtained preapproval to purchase a house!

We believe in working with community partners to help people like Cynthia navigate life’s curve balls. As a proud new homeowner, Cynthia is a testament to the importance of working together to build stronger communities.

Housing & Financial Empowerment Helps Individuals and Families Build Financial Security

“Valerie is an amazing soul. Working with Valerie to achieve some of my goals, I went from having zero dollars in my savings and zero credit to my name to having enough credit to qualify for a loan to purchase a home for me and my family.”

—Cynthia

WHY WE NEED YOU

An important part of our mission is to be an engaged partner that contributes to the local community. That means working with community service providers to ensure our customers thrive. Won’t you join us?