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Funding for the Melwood JOBs program comes from the Virginia Department of Social Services and Alexandria Fund for Human Services.

Melwood JOBs came into being to assist Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with disabilities to obtain employment while mitigating crises. This program goes beyond our other Community Services by going more in-depth in the job finding process.

Collaborations and Partnerships

Melwood JOBs can provide career development tools that assess the needs of participant’s, and coordinate professional development training towards self-sufficiency.

Currently, the Melwood JOBs program serves individuals in Arlington County, City of Alexandria, City of Fredericksburg, and Prince William County. Through collaborations and partnerships with the City of Alexandria, Arlington County Department of Human Services, Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services, Career Works, and Prince William County Department of Social Services.

Jobs Program Info

Program Admission Criteria

  • Documented Disability (or willing to be assessed)
  • Receiving Intensive Case Management Services
  • Recipient of TANF (current or within the last 24 months)


  • Receiving Intensive Case Management Services
  • Recipient of TANF (current or within the previous 24 months)

One of the following:

  • 6 Months Unemployed or Working Part-Time
  • 6 Months Poor Job Retention
  • 6 months or less of TANF benefits remaining


  • The Melwood JOBs Program has served 282 participants since July 1, 2017; where 148 participants are employed
  • 86% of participants remain employed for one year or longer
  • Average Hourly wage is $14.53

Melwood JOBs Offer:

  • Career Exploration
  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Interviewing Training
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Job Placement
  • Job Training
  • Job Retention Services
  • Professional and Life Skills Development

Melwood JOBs Staff:

Program Director:

Jennifer Van Buren
[email protected] | 703-299-3232

Arlington County

Carolyn Friedman
Workforce Specialist
[email protected]

Arlington County

Francoise Gedepo
Program Specialist
[email protected]

City of Fredericksburg

Rebecca Cox
Workforce Specialist
[email protected]

Prince William County

Crystal Williams
Independence Specialist
[email protected]

Krystal Lewis
Workforce Specialist
[email protected]

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