Boris, a participant of the 2017 California Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant, at his work site at McGroarty Arts Center
Boris was searching for a job when he first heard about the 2017 California Wildfires National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) through the Hollywood WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions (MCS).

Boris had tried out different jobs after struggling through a conviction, probation, depression, substance abuse issues and rehabilitation. Boris enrolled in the NDWG Program through the Hollywood WorkSource Center.

In July 2018, he received a hard hat, vest, gloves, boots and a bus pass through supportive services from MCS. He also attended OSHA 10, CPR, and chainsaw training.

As part of the NDWG, Boris arrived to work every day in the early morning at his work site at McGroarty Arts Center where he worked hard and was later promoted to a supervisor position. In June 2019, he was hired as a supervisor by the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps.

Boris said he believes the NDWG opportunity gave him a new chance at life, and he is now working a new NWDG site in Malibu impacted by the 2018 Woolsey Fire.

Because of his new career, Boris would like to become an arborist and one day start a tree service company.

Learn about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 17, 2019. Read this issue and more.