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.


The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center provided re-entry worker Maurice with financial and employment coaching, guidance that helped steer him toward a career as a modular furniture installer with the Local 721 Southwestern Carpenters Union.

Formerly incarcerated, Maurice said he served more years than he cares to remember and was eager to transform his life.

The WSC, run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) has a partnership with ARC, which helps re-entry workers make positive changes in their lives by providing a support network and comprehensive services.

Maurice enrolled in several programs at the WorkSource Center, including the Bridges to Career program, where he received financial and employment coaching. He also attended financial opportunity workshops where he learned how to budget his money and build his credit. Through the support of the WSC, he also enrolled in a construction training program and was eventually hired as a modular furniture installer with the Local 721 Southwestern Carpenters Union.quote from re-entry worker Maurice: Keep pushing and don't give up

His experience inspired him to share a message to people who feel that they are at their lowest. “Keep pushing and don’t give up,” he said.


After serving time in prison, George returned home to Los Angeles determined to pursue opportunities and make the most out of his second chance at life.

Through the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, George was introduced to the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center, where he attended a Financial Opportunity Center workshop. There he received coaching that helped him to rebuild his financial wellbeing.

At the WSC, George also received construction training and support services for transportation and tools.

In early July, George was hired as a full-time construction wireman earning $21.40 per hour.

EWDD is dedicated to providing all Angelenos access to job training, along with resume and interview assistance, and job placement. 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 August 12, 2019. Read this issue and more.