Maurice, a re-entry job seeker, at his job with the Local 721 Southwestern Carpenters Union
In August 2019, the Vernon-Central/LA Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) highlight two re-entry workers success stories. Maurice and George, with the assistance of the WSC and EWDD partner the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), were able to turn their lives around and now hold stable union jobs.

These stories demonstrate EWDD’s commitment and efforts to remove barriers to employment.

LA street vendor business owner Elsa Reyes poses by a window at the Hollywood BusinessSource Center
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) provided extensive business coaching and one-on-one consultation to Elsa Reyes, helping her launch her business and secure a $2,000 micro-loan to purchase inventory. Elsa is a street vendor in the Los Angeles area who sells clothing, bed comforters, perfume and jewelry.

Elsa was looking for information regarding the City of LA’s Street Vending Program.

Amira Polack, founder and CEO of Struct Club
Grid110, a 501c3 clean technology start-up incubator dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses, recently celebrated alum Amira Polack, founder of the app Struct Club.

“Struct Club is a transformed company because of Grid110,” Amira said in a profile Grid110 published on the online publishing forum Medium.

Compass Rose Collaborative alum Anthony (above) receiving work tools
Compass Rose Collaborative (CRC) alum Anthony, who was featured in the July 1, 2019 issue of EWDD Updates, was appointed to a top position in an upcoming project.

EWDD Senior Project Assistant Juan Romero, who oversees the CRC program, recently received an email testimonial about Anthony from Martin Bros., a Gardena-based construction company that hired him.

Christopher, an LA:RISE participant, gained marketable experience with the LA Conservation Corps
The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program participant Christopher, recently gained work experience with social enterprise partner LA Conservation Corps that inspired him to pursue a career in landscaping or natural water preservation.

Before he joined LA:RISE, Christopher was not working or enrolled in school, putting him at risk for homelessness. After watching his sister succeed at LA Conservation Corps, Christopher knew it was the opportunity he needed to achieve economic stability.

34 students took part in the inaugural two-week security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center, provided by a partnership between West Adams WorkSource and the LAUSD DACE
The West Adams WorkSource Center recently partnered with the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) to launch a 40-hour security training course at the Los Angeles Technology Center.

The WorkSource Center covers tuition costs and fees for students. Graduates from the two-week course earn their guard card, a license issued by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also recently joined the program as a recruiter.