LA:RISE helped Juan Salazar transition from a career in sewing to maintenance
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College (LATTC) WorkSource Center provided Juan Salazar, a father of three boys, with job training to transition from a career in the apparel industry to become a driver for Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises.

Juan’s primary skill was sewing and after recently losing his job, he was having a hard time finding work. Juan became interested in working for CRCD Enterprises after seeing their company trucks around his neighborhood.

An EWDD partner, CRCD runs the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC and the City’s South Region YouthSource Center. He stopped by to fill out a job application for a driver position and learned about the employment opportunities under LA:RISE.

During his work experience in the LA:RISE program, Juan gained new skills in janitorial work and painting. Juan's supervisor was impressed by his work performance and he was offered a permanent position as a driver for CRCD Enterprises.

With the support of the WorkSource Center, Juan was provided with work shoes and a new work uniform. Juan said he is very grateful for the opportunity and is excited to share with his family about his new job with CRCD Enterprises.

During the first week of September 2018, EWDD highlighted two success stories from LA:RISE, a program designed to serve people who face the toughest challenges when looking for work, including the homeless, those with histories of past incarcerations and disconnected youth.

Juan's story, along with Vernon Shepard's re-entry success story, represent the vital services EWDD’s 16 WorkSource Centers provide every day.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of September 3, 2018. Read this issue and more.