L.A. Community Care Corp and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) program participant Irma
Irma and Joseph were both on probation when they were referred to the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, where they attended job readiness workshops and received career coaching. At the center, they also learned about the City of LA’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), which states that private employers and city contractors cannot inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Both participants said learning about the Fair Chance Initiative lifted their spirits and gave them hope that they could find jobs. Irma and Joseph also expressed gratitude to Northeast Valley Business Service Representative Catalina Rodriguez, who provided them guidance and encouragement as they prepared to reenter the workforce.

The Los Angeles Community Care Corp Program funded positions for Irma and Joseph to work at several of the City’s COVID-19 testing sites operated by the Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), an organization founded by Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn to mobilize in disaster relief and recovery efforts. Once their temporary employment came to an end, the Northeast Valley WSC urged Irma and Joseph to apply directly with CORE. Both were hired for full-time positions. Their testimonials are included in the following page. The testimonials were edited for length and clarity.


“I am thankful and very appreciative for finding a second chance!,” Irma said (left). “I had the privilege to work at CORE. My job was to direct individuals to get the COVID Test, record the information, etc. I did the best I could and learned the process so fast. I completed the program by December and then I got hired! I am proud of how I far I made it.”
L.A. Community Care Corp and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) program participant Joseph

"Now I have a full-time job that pays really well."


Joseph said that he was struggling to find work when his probation officer referred him to the Northeast Valley WSC in Pacoima. “I could not find a job anywhere. I looked everywhere and then eventually just gave up. I thought nobody would want to hire me,” he said.

Joseph said that he was encouraged when he learned about the City’s Fair Chance Hiring Initiative Ordinance. “Immediately my self-esteem went up by learning about a second chance. All hopes that I lost were restored and I realized that I can actually do something with my life again,” he said. Joseph studiously followed the guidance he received at the job readiness workshops.

“I started to do everything that the WSC staff instructed me to do and in no time, I started work. I was placed at CORE for the LACCC grant, through the City of LA. Now I have a full-time job that pays really well, and I am blessed. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given.”

LA Community Care Corp – Helping Job Seekers During COVID-19

The Los Angeles Community Care Corp (LACCC) program provided temporary employment to Angelenos who lost their jobs during the pandemic. Funding for the LACCC program was provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

In December 2020, EWDD’s WorkSource Centers, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Council District Offices and Community Build, Inc., expedited the implementation of LACCC in 30 days in order to expend CARES Act funding before it expired on December 30, 2020. Participants were offered roles related to COVID-19 emergency response and humanitarian efforts. The jobs paid $22 per hour for up to 200 paid hours.

Irma and Joseph's stories highlight how the Northeast Valley WorkSource Center, one of EWDD's 16 centers, applied that funding to assist two individuals who were struggling to find work.

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 March 1, 2021. Read this issue and more.