LA:RISE participant Lupe overcame homelessness, obtained stable employment and is now a full-time college student
After experiencing homelessness and struggling to maintain employment, Lupe enrolled in the LA:RISE program and soon began working at employment social enterprise partner New Earth as a camera operator.

Lupe joined LA:RISE because she was excited about the opportunity to change her life and grow as a person, while also gaining valuable skills through paid job training.

Working at New Earth gave Lupe confidence and made her more outgoing. Her favorite part of the work is that she is continually learning new things.

Today, Lupe is proud that she can provide for herself and is currently going to college full-time. She is also on her way to being promoted as one of New Earth’s team leaders.


LA:RISE – A social enterprise solution to help join the workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of June 10, 2019. Read this issue and more.