re-entry job seeker Isobel speaking at a podium for a Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Union event
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATTC) WorkSource Center (WSC) provided support and assistance to re-entry job seeker Isobel, helping him obtain a union job.

“It was programs like these that gave me the tools to get into the Local 300 laborers’ union and eventually gain employment as a Construction Laborer,” he said.

Isobel came to the WorkSource Center from the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, a sister agency that works with EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) to provide reentry participants training and employment opportunities.

At age 16, Isobel was sentenced to 27 years in prison. While incarcerated, Isobel decided to transform his life. After he was released, Isobel received support from ARC and the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC, overseen by CRCD, to enter construction training. The experience also introduced him to opportunities for a steady paycheck and a savings account.

When asked what advice he would give people that found themselves in his previous predicament, he stated “Never be afraid to ask for help. Don’t rely solely on self-experience. Rely on people collectively to become triumphant and you can accomplish anything.”

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 October 14, 2019. Read this issue and more.