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PathWays PA E-Alert: December 5, 2011

Federal Updates

The latest figures from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) have found that economic recovery has been slower coming to women:
According to the most recent Quick Figures on the topic (released in November), men have regained 30 percent of the jobs they lost since December 2007; while women have only regained 17 percent. In sheer numbers, the job gap between men and women stands at 1.5 million.

The IWPR/Rockefeller survey showed that many women and families are facing hardships in the recovery. In some cases, women and mothers are being forced to cut back on items such as insurance or visits to the doctor for themselves and their children. For more information on the IWPR/Rockefeller Survey, please visit the website

For more information, visit the IWPR website.


Congress is currently debating the content of the next Farm Bill – which, among other things, develops guidelines for SNAP (food stamp) benefits. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and James McGovern (D-MA) are circulating a Dear Colleague letter asking the members of the House Committee on Agriculture to protect SNAP and other nutrition programs from cuts, at a time when the government is putting every budget under scrutiny.

Two Pennsylvania representatives – Tim Holden and Glenn Thompson – sit on the committee. The Food Research Action Center is trying to get the word out on DeLauro and McGovern’s effort, and to urge your representative to support preserving SNAP and other benefits.

To find your representative, click here. Urge your House Member to support SNAP and nutrition programs by signing the letter by Friday, December 9, COB.  Click here to view the DeLauro / McGovern letter. Click here to view a recent letter signed by 127 House Members urging the Super Committee to protect SNAP and other low-income safety net programs from budget cuts.

Please share this email widely.  For more information, call Ellen Teller, or Etienne Melcher,


Though there’s been some good news on the job front of late – including 125,000 new jobs being added in the last month – still, many Americans remain unemployed, and for those Americans, their livelihood depends on Congress extending unemployment insurance by December 31st. If they don’t, as many as 2.2 million unemployed workers will lose their jobless benefits by February.

Click here to contact your member of Congress today and tell them to continue unemployment benefits this holiday season.

The National Skills Coalition is asking people to write their representative regarding the the Pathways Back to Work Act .
The act provides $5 billion in new funding for sector partnerships, career pathways strategies, subsidized employment programs for low-skilled adults and jobs for low-income youth.
Please take a minute to send a letter to your Members of Congress, urging them to sign on as co-sponsors of this important new bill. To check if your representative is a co-sponsor, click here. For the senate version, click here.
Pennsylvania Updates


Pennsylvania Fund for Workforce Solutions is currently distributing letters to various state officials, including the governor and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, regarding the restoration of funds to the Pennsylvania Industry Partnership program.

The Industry Partnership program provided funds to employers who engage in the program, which provides skill trainings to workers to help set them on a career path. But in the latest legislative section, the General Assembly has drastically cut the state funding from $20 million to $1.6 million.

To sign a letter to the Governor  click here and your legislator click here. If would like to obtain further information about IPs, please visit this site: .

Info / Events


The Restaurant Opportunities Center has released a new guide for both consumers and workers in the restaurant industry in the fight for fair labor practices. The ROC National Diner’s Guide 2012 rates a large variety of restaurants based on wages, paid sick days, discrimination and opportunities for advancement. It also includes tips for restaurant workers and other helpful hints.

For more information, go to


Registration is now open for a new peer grief support group!
For children aged 6-12 and their caregivers.
(to begin January 2012)

Times: Mondays from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, Broad and Fitzwater Streets
This 8-week program provides support to children and caregivers who are dealing with the death of  a special person in their life. Our strength-based peer support model promotes resilience and healthy adjustment behaviors during a difficult and pivotal time in a child’s development. A caregiver support and education group will meet while the children’s group is in session. Groups are lead by trained grief counselors and volunteers. 
Groups are offered free of charge.
Please call 215-744-4025 to register and/or get more information about our services.

Reminder: Some spaces remain for..
Helping Students in School with Grief and Loss 

Time:  Monday, December 5, 2011 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location:  The Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Families
1139 East Luzerne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124

We will examine how hidden loss can undermine psychosocial development, performance, and success. Appropriate interventions will be identified. This program is for school personnel, including teachers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and administrators. A certificate of attendance will be provided and ACT 48 credits are available for PA educators.

Rob Sheesley, M.Div., CT
Director, The Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Families

To register: Call, email, or go to our website to register
215-744-4025 phone
215-744-4027 fax
Please share this information with others who can benefit!

From our friends at The Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Families


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