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Women of the Vine & Spirits Hospitality Assistance Program

Free Resources to help with:

  • Counseling

  • Treatment Referrals

  • Financial Guidance

  • Legal Assistance

  • Family Support

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon acceptance, candidates will be enrolled and receive the WOTVS Hospitality Assistance Program until January 31, 2025. Applicants will be notified by email of acceptance within 5 business days. 

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What is the WOTVS Hospitality Assistance Program?

In January of 2021, the WOTVS Foundation launched the Hospitality Assistance Program (HAP), previously known as the Foundation Assistance Program (FAP). The Hospitality Assistance Program offers health, financial and legal aid to restaurant and hospitality workers across the country. With the impacts of COVID-19 disproportionately affecting on-premises, our Foundation was challenged to find an innovative solution to offer aid to those in need. Normally these types of benefits are paid for by the employer, but due to the pandemic, many industry professionals were laid off, furloughed or working reduced hours leaving them in need, with no assistance.

 

The program is made possible by Love, Tito’s, the philanthropic heart of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. In 2021, Tito’s generously committed $45,000 to help launch the initial program. Over the next three years, Tito’s will grant over $90,000 to continue expanding the Hospitality Assistance Program, ensuring that hospitality industry workers are able to take advantage of the free resources.

 

“In 2020, we started working with WOTVS Foundation on building a program that best served hospitality workers during an extremely difficult time," said Lindsey Bates, Director of Philanthropy Operations at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “The positive impact it had on industry members was incredible and we’re excited to continue expanding this program to support more people in 2023 and beyond.”

 

We have selected ComPsych Corporation, the worldwide leader of fully integrated Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych GuidanceResoures® core services include short-term counseling, treatment referrals, financial, retirement, legal, family, child, elder assistance, and intervention for critical incidents and more. Through a 24/7 toll-free number and best-in-class online well-being portal, enrollees can access confidential assistance with experienced clinicians, financial professionals, and attorneys, as well as leading self-service tools and resources at no cost.

 

Enrollee Qualification

Enrollees must be employed in the restaurant and/or hospitality industry for a minimum of three years or currently unemployed, furloughed, or working fewer hours, having previously worked for a minimum of three years prior to their current unemployment status. For those employed, please check with your HR Manager if your company offers an EAP program before applying. Enrollees must be U.S. residents. ComPsych is the largest EAP provider in 170 countries. It is our intent for Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation to offer this program internationally in the near future. 

  • What is the WOTVS Hospitality Assistance Program?
    The WOTVS Hospitality Assistance Program is provided by ComPsych® GuidanceResources® and offers counseling, legal and financial consultation, work-life assistance and crisis intervention services to all enrollees and their household family members.
  • Are the services confidential?
    Yes, the HAP is strictly confidential. No information about your participation in the program is provided to anyone. WOTVS and its staff will have no knowledge of the resources and benefits accessed by any individual enrollee.
  • Why might my family or I use the services?
    There are many reasons to use these services. You may wish to contact ComPsych® GuidanceResources® if you: • Are feeling overwhelmed by the demands of balancing work and family • Are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression • Are dealing with grief and loss • Need assistance with child or elder care concerns • Have legal or financial questions • Have concerns about substance abuse for yourself or a dependent
  • What happens when I call?
    The FAP toll-free number gives you direct, 24/7 access to a GuidanceConsultantSM, a master’s- or PhD-level counselor who will collect some general information about you and will talk with you about your needs. The GuidanceConsultant will provide the name of a counselor who can assist you or refer you to other resources, such as legal or financial on-staff experts.
  • Can my children or spouse use the services?
    Yes. The HAP is a confidential benefit for enrollees and their household family members.
  • What are the counseling services and resources?
    ComPsych® GuidanceResources® highly trained clinicians will listen to your concerns and help you or your family members with any issues, including: • Anxiety, depression, stress • Grief, loss and life adjustments • Relationship/marital conflicts The HAP provides free short-term counseling with counselors in your area who can help you with your emotional concerns. If the counselor determines that your issues can be resolved with short-term counseling, you will receive counseling through ComPsych GuidanceResources. However, if it is determined that the problem cannot be resolved in short-term counseling and you will need longer-term treatment, you will be referred to a specialist early on and your insurance coverage will be activated.
  • What are the work-life balance services and resources?
    ComPsych® GuidanceConsultantSM can help you with sourcing: Child Care Before and after school care Adoption information Home health care Screened referrals for assisted living and nursing homes Hospice care Finding an apartment Choosing a realtor Relocating to another city Dog walkers Kennels and pet care Pet insurance Financial Aid Tutors Special Needs Wedding and event planning Vacation planning Home improvement projects and more...
  • What are the legal services and resources?
    ComPsych® GuidanceResources® on-staff attorneys can help you with: Family law matters, including divorce, custody, child support and adoption Bankruptcy and credit issues Landlord/tenant issues, including eviction and lease questions Real estate and foreclosure Civil actions and small claims court Immigration concerns DUI/DWI Wills and living wills/Trusts Name changes Contracts Probate matters
  • What are the financial services and resources?
    ComPsych® GuidanceResources® on-staff financial experts can help you with: Managing personal financial challenges Retirement planning Credit cards and debt management Estate planning Budgeting Real estate questions Tax questions Investment options Financing college Mortgages, loans and refinancing
  • Does WOTVS offer any other kind of support for hospitality professionals?
    Yes! In addition to the HAP, our Foundation offers scholarships each year for women and men looking to further their educational and professional development. Learn more and apply on our Foundation page. Additionally, WOTVS created Badass Bartender, the first-of-its-kind community, worldwide, for female bartenders to unite, be empowered and stay inspired. This Facebook Group is a safe (and fun!) place for you to connect with others in the industry, receive support, network, explore career opportunities and make new friends. Join today at BadassBartender.com

Deborah Brenner, Founder & CEO of WOTVS, President, WOTVS Foundation on News12

 “Restaurant and hospitality workers have been one of the hardest hit professionals due to the pandemic. So many of our colleagues are experiencing increased stress, anxiety, worries and fears,” said President, WOTVS Foundation, and Founder & CEO, WOTVS, Deborah Brenner

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“Giving people a direct connection to counseling, professional, financial, legal advisors and valuable resources for all of life’s issues is a critical step toward healing those on the front lines and supporting the recovery of our industry.

 

“The pandemic’s impact continues to cause immense stress to those in the restaurant and hospitality industry,” said Lisa Huddleson, Director of Strategic Philanthropy at Tito’s Handmade Vodka.“We’re honored to work with WOTVS on this program and are committed to doing what we can to support our service industry friends in their time of need.”

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