Social Services

Social Services Department:

The goal of the social services department is to promote the self-sufficiency of the American Indian people through education, leadership opportunities and employment resources and referrals. The Tucson Indian Center believes that the basic needs of American Indian people and families must be met so we as a community are able to pursue a healthy and happy quality of life.

The Social Services Department offers an array of services and programs geared primarily to employment, community involvement, leadership development, on the job training and emergency housing assistance. Throughout a comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality workforce development program the Tucson Indian Centers has been providing to Urban America Indian’s workers and jobseekers across the Tucson Metropolitan Area, with the skills and credentials necessary to secure, retain and advance in employment.

THE WIOA PROGRAM

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Program - 2014

Through the WIOA Program, the social services department’s team strives to better prepare program participants on how to obtain unsubsidized employment and earn real family-sustainable wages. In addition to offering job readiness services, our case managers connect local employers with the skilled workers they are looking for and need to succeed in an ever changing and challenging economy. The WIOA program aligns with the center’s mission to reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency and elevate the living standards of the Urban Native American community.

Program services Include:

- Career and Job counseling
- Supportive services to enter and/or retain employment
- Work Experience  
- Resume writing and review
- Interviewing skills

Program Requirements

Services are available ONLY for program applicants who have met the Department of Labor eligibility requirements and TIC’s internal selection criteria.

To be eligible for WIOA Program services, a participant must be:

a. And adult (age 18 or older)
b. a United States citizen
c. in compliance with the Selective Service Act, and  
d. Register/Enrolled member of a federal recognized tribe

Marguerite Casey Foundation

The Tucson Indian Center offers opportunities for Urban American Indian community members to become active, positive and effective agents of change within their own communities. Through the United Native American- Leadership Development Program (UNC), TIC works close with community leaders to build their advocacy and leadership skills. The program promotes community involvement, financial literacy, social change and active participation in critical issues that directly impact the Urban Native American community.

Pima County Native American Employment Policy (NAEP) Program

Pima County Government is the second largest employer in Tucson, employing nearly 6,000 citizens in a variety of administrative, professional, technical, paraprofessional, skilled, and semi-skilled positions. As in most areas of the private and public employment sectors, Native Americans are greatly under-represented. In response to the critical need to equally employ Native Americans, Pima County Government adopted a “Native American Employment Policy” in December 1995. The Tucson Indian Center’s NAEP program provides:

  • Recruitment of Native Americans interested in employment with the County through specialized outreach efforts
  • Assisting interested individuals with the referral, application, and interviewing process, and following up on their status.
  • Enhancing job training efforts through assessment and direct or indirect training and education services.
  • Improving the retention rate and career advancement of current Native American employees through direct collaboration and counseling with supervisors and employees.
  • Quarterly networking events

Pima County Emergency Services Network (ESN)

The Tucson Indian Center offers emergency rental, mortgage and/or utility assistance to ALL ELIGIBLE Pima County Residents. All assistance requested are on a first come, first serve basis and are prescreen for eligibility.

*Native American preference may apply