LA:RISE participant Denise, the first female driver for CRCD Enterprises
LA:RISE participant Denise was facing financial hardship while dealing with the loss of her father and brother, when a friend told her about EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), which offers educational services and job services, including a partnership with the LA:RISE, Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise, program.

Denise completed her application and interviewed for a position as a driver.

“My goal was to become the first female driver for CRCD Enterprises,” she said. “I’ve taken a lot of steps to get to this point and I’m determined to see my dream become a reality.”

She learned that in order to qualify, she would need her high school diploma.

Joe Gamez, Vice President of CRCD Enterprises, mentored Denise and encouraged her to get her diploma. Denise graduated from CRCD Academy, received her high school diploma and went on to complete 300 hours of work with CRCD where she applied for the position of bus driver.

Denise got the job and reached her goal. She is now the first female driver for the Graffiti Abatement Division for the City of Los Angeles Office of Community Beautification. Through Denise's hard work, perseverance, and dedication she has paved the way for future female drivers.

EWDD and LA:RISE

EWDD is a leadership partner of Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE), a program designed to help individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school nor working find jobs. This is a success story from EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).

EWDD offers a wide variety of employment programs to job seekers of all levels, learn how we can help you on our Employment Services page. And to discover more about the LA:RISE program, visit our Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise page.



This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of December 10, 2018. Read this issue and more.