The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center helped Taylor get two retail jobs
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided job coaching and guidance to a young man named Taylor, helping him successfully find retail jobs at Bloomingdales and Burlington.

Taylor was facing many challenges in gaining employment, including a lack of transportation, which hindered his efforts in navigating the workforce. He also did not feel job ready and felt like he was “hitting a wall.”

Then Taylor was presented with the opportunity to work with the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), a program administered by EWDD that is designed to serve populations that are the hardest to place in jobs, including those with histories of past incarcerations, disconnected youth and the homeless.

Taylor also worked with the Center for Employment Opportunity (CEO), which provides comprehensive employment services for people with criminal records. Taylor was hoping to land a job that would provide security and stability. CEO and LA:RISE provided him with the tools to prepare him for future employment opportunities.

Taylor participated in resume workshops, interviewing and job searching clubs with both partner agencies. Showing persistence and dedication, Taylor walked 45 minutes each way from his home to the WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD). His participation and hard work started to pay off when Taylor was invited to an interview.

The WorkSource center provided Taylor with interview clothes and transportation assistance. After many long walks to the WorkSource Center and long hours put into his job hunt, Taylor received two job offers.

Taylor shared that his proudest moment was finding employment that allows him to continue learning and growing. Taylor is now working at Bloomingdales and Burlington. With the help of the WorkSource Center, he received a new uniform and shoes to set him up for a strong start.

“For me a job is much more than a paycheck,” he said. “A job has helped me become what I have always wanted to be – successful.”

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 5/28/2018. Read this issue and more.