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TANF Services Provide Support for Needy Families in Saline County

In 1996, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was established and designed to help families achieve self-sufficiency by empowering family leaders with job skills resources, and assistance.

The goal of the TANF program is to provide TANF participants with supervised paid or unpaid work experiences so they have the opportunity to gain the general skills, knowledge, and work habits necessary to obtain and maintain a job. A critical aspect of the TANF program is its job search requirements. Beneficiaries must demonstrate regular job-seeking activity in order to remain eligible for the program.

Angelo Zambrano, an Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (ADWS) employee serves as the TANF Specialist in the Arkansas Workforce Center in Benton and does an amazing job. Every day he accesses prospective TANF clients for acceptance into the program, provides counseling services to help TANF participants make realistic employment choices, develops employability plans based on the individual’s assessments, education, work history, barriers to employment, supportive service needs; and provides job placement services by making referrals to employers.

Mr. Zambrano has a remarkable ability to connect with those who come to his office needing assistance. TANF customers in Saline County are fortunate to have a person with the compassion that Mr. Zambrano displays in the Arkansas Workforce Center in Benton.

Available programs and eligibility requirements can be found at the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services.

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