LA:RISE Participant Jose
With the support and encouragement of his sister and niece, Jose enrolled in the LA:RISE program to develop job skills and build a better future.

When Jose began his journey at LA:RISE social enterprise partner Goodwill of Southern California, he lacked transportation to get to appointments and was at-risk of homelessness, which he feared would set back his recovery from drug addiction.

From the moment he arrived at Goodwill, Jose knew that the staff was committed to supporting his success, and soon they began to feel like family. Through his social enterprise employment and on-the-job training, Jose was exposed to every aspect of Goodwill’s business – from working with cash registers to pricing and tagging clothes.

Jose enjoyed building job skills and the responsibility that came with employment. Now he has confidence that he will succeed – in his future career and in his recovery – and is eager to continue working towards his goals.

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 October 7, 2019. Read this issue and more.