America Works lifts people
Called “a company with a conscience,” America Works was founded in 1984 by social activist and entrepreneur, Peter Cove, who wanted to put his ideals about poverty and the American dream into practice.
Joined by Dr. Lee Bowes as the CEO, America Works has helped over 700,000 individuals increase their self-sufficiency through gainful employment, including military veterans, welfare and SNAP recipients, young adults, the criminal justice involved, homeless, non-custodial parents, persons receiving disability, among others. America Works uses a blended model including work readiness training, vocational training, career placement, career advancement, and employment retention services.
We see potential in an America where more people are able to provide for themselves and their loved ones. We believe the most effective approach in helping individuals in poverty is providing them an opportunity to work. America Works provides the services that will lead to a better future.
As the founder of America Works in 1984, Peter Cove has worked to link private-sector investment and employment with welfare reform. Peter Cove has also devoted his energy to prisoner reentry initiatives, advocating tirelessly for second chance legislation on a national level, to inform policy makers that the work first model of services is the answer for successful reintegration of ex-offenders into communities.
Peter Cove has a book published, Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and the War on Poverty, as well as numerous articles in the New York Post, Real Clear Policy, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
Dr. Lee Bowes has held the position of CEO since 1987. Dr. Bowes was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She lectures on Himan Resource Management, Social Policy, and Innovative Management Techniques. Dr. Lee Bowes has a book published, No One Need Apply: Getting and Keeping the Best Workers, as well as numerous articles in the New York Post, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere.
“America Works is a dedicated and helpful organization that has been a great service to our company in helping us find new employees.”Fossil
“America Works has made my job so much easier when it comes to hiring. They know what it takes to work at Aegis Global and they do a great job in forwarding us quality employees.”Aegis Global
“Their pre-screening helps us save time in recruitment, and their support services for jobseekers allow us to even interview on-site within our stores.”Burlington Coat Factory
“At two of our most precious vending locations, Citi Field “Home to the New York Mets” and Yankee Stadium, year after year America Works handles all of our staffing needs.”Aramark
“We have an ongoing need for dependable and skilled worker. America Works has been helpful in providing such workers.”H&R Block
“I remember when I was a member of America Works, the reps really helped me through rough times and helped me find employment - really nice people.”Gladys // Former Client
“America Works helped me focus on what I needed to do, things like time management. They taught me how to manage money and presentation.”Akia // Former Client
“America Works played a huge role in keeping my job. Without the constant follow up, I may have left.”Jeff // Former Client