L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


"My goal is to continue to work and help make my city a more beautiful place." quote from Carlos, a LA:RISE and CRCD program participant
Carlos was recently paroled and feared becoming homeless. He did not see many opportunities for himself until he was connected to the LA:RISE program.

Through LA:RISE social enterprise partner CRCD Enterprises, Carlos received 300 hours of job training as a maintenance associate trainee.

Carlos learned janitorial, sanitation, and maintenance skills for future jobs during his on-the-job training. He added that he is also excited about the progress he has made and is proud that he can be a more reliable presence in his family.

"I am most proud of how much I have evolved in my training," he said. "I also am proud of how other people call me a hard-working person."

Carlos' hard work has paid off. He is now employed full-time as a driver for CRCD Enterprises.

"My goal is to continue to work at CRCD Enterprises and help make my city a more beautiful place," Carlos said. His advice to others in the LA:RISE program or Angelenos searching for work?

"My message to others is to be motivated. To not give up."


Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE)
A Social Enterprise Solution to Help the At-Risk 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 with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help people 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 nor employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise, leveraging WorkSource Center training and services, LA:RISE participants are placed in permanent jobs within the private or the public sector.


This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 21, 2022. Read this issue and more.


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