Keenya Walker, a full-time Addiction Counselor
Keenya Walker is a single mother of five who has struggled to keep food on the table. While her children were at home due to the COVID-19 school closures, it was difficult for her to find employment.

The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC), run by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), helped enroll Keenya into the Los Angeles Community CARE Corp Program, which offered temporary employment to Angelenos whose livelihoods were impacted by the pandemic. The program ended in December 2020.

Motivated to improve her situation, Keenya began working with a WSC case manager and expressed an interest in pursuing a drug and alcohol counseling career. She was referred to the Los Angeles Training Institute for Addiction Counselors.

Keenya managed her children’s school schedule by day and participated in online classes at night. She worked diligently to complete her training and received her certification in August 2021.

Keenya then met with a WSC case manager and job developer to begin searching for employment in her new career field. After a few weeks and with the help of her case manager, Keenya finally received a call for an interview.

To prepare, Keenya participated in several mock interview sessions with WSC staff. Keenya’s interview was a success and she was hired at “A Step Up,” which specializes in the treatment of alcoholism, opioid addiction, mental health and substance abuse.

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 4, 2021. Read this issue and more.