The department formerly known as Community Employment Services has undergone a name change. But New Ventures, as it is now called, maintains the departments focus of assisting and empowering people in achieving self-sufficiently. Counseling and work-ready skills are provided for individuals on an as-needed basis, as well as basic computer skills training. New Ventures has also provided more than 2,000 Commmunity Service hours to persons needing a non-profit organization to meet court mandated community work. Its Individual Development Account program, implemented this year, aims to assist participants in developing and maintaining assets. The IDA program has promise of providing participants with monies to assist in the purchase of a home, starting a business, or obtaining a higher education. New Ventures is, as the name suggests, seeking non-traditional ways in addressing ABCD objectives and funding to support its mission.