LA:RISE helped Catalina (left) transition to a career as a peer case manager in social services
While incarcerated, Catalina learned about LA:RISE partner Homeboy Industries and was excited about the opportunity to change her life.

After her release from prison, Catalina faced housing instability and lacked a driver’s license and social security card. She joined Homeboy Industries and interned at Project 180, which taught her critical work and life skills.

LA:RISE provided Raul (center) the support he needed to learn transitional skills to lead a constructive lifestyle and get a job
After experiencing long term homelessness and incarceration, Raul was starting to feel hopeless and alarmed about his future. He had been out of the workforce for 15 years, had no support base and his situation often made him feel vulnerable and susceptible to negative behaviors, he said.

The LA:RISE program gave Raul guidance on how to create a constructive lifestyle and help him become self-sufficient.

Lilian at her new permanent job as a career service specialist at the Northeast WorkSource Center
After losing her job, Lilian decided to change her career and went back to school to become a surgical technologist. After graduating from her program in 2017 as a surgical technologist, she was unable to find a job and ended up homeless.

In July 2018, Lilian received a referral to work as a front desk receptionist at the Northeast WorkSource Center, run by EWDD partner Goodwill Southern California.

YouthSource participant Joslyn Hernandez, who earned her high school diploma and is on the path toward a nursing career
The Para Los Niños East Region YouthSource Center (YSC) provided ongoing support to single mother Joslyn Hernandez, helping her obtain her high school diploma and covering the cost for her to receive medical assistant training, a stepping stone to what she hopes will be a nursing career.

At PLN, Joslyn, 18, received guidance to enroll in the Accelerated College and Career Transition (ACCT) program at East Los Angeles Skills Center where she prepared for the high school equivalency exam.

NC Abrams (far right), co-founder of Rhythm & Remedy, coaches Boyle Heights Technology YSC participants and social media star Aaron Burriss (second from right, blue sweater) for a professional music track recorded at The Tech

For the past four years, the Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center (YSC), referred to by YSC participants as “The Tech” has partnered with Helping the Next Developers and Producers (HNDP), a Los Angeles-based group dedicated to providing an entry-point for underserved youth to join the music industry.

HNDP holds a daily music workshop at The Tech's on-site music studio, and works with The Tech exclusively, according to BHTYSC staff.

George Ferguson, owner of Reliable Electric Supply, pictured in his supply warehouse
The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) assisted entrepreneurs George and Jeannette Ferguson, owners of Reliable Electric Supply (RES), to qualify for a $28,000 loan to launch their business.

In January 2019, RES quickly grew their online “smoke detector” sales through Amazon. In order to keep up with demand and cash flow, they needed more inventory. Jeanette was determined to find a way to bridge their working capital needs to bring their company’s sales to the next level, while at the same time addressing their credit challenges and cash flow.

Job seekers stop at the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center booth run by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee at the Fourth Homeless Services Job Fair on Thursday January 17, 2019
A steady flow of approximately 730 job seekers streamed into the gymnasium at Southwest College Thursday January 17, 2019 for the fourth Homeless Services Job Fair.

EWDD staff provided support with planning and logistics leading up to the job fair and five staff members were present the day of the fair to help coordinate set-up and assist Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff.

LA:RISE participant Joshua hard at work as part of the CRCD Enterprises Street Team
After some family struggles and a history with homelessness, LA:RISE participant Joshua received the support and the second chance he needed to retain his job as part of Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) Enterprises’ “Street Team.”

In less than a week on the job as part of Job Engagement Training (JET) at CRCD, Joshua impressed his supervisors with his positive attitude and outstanding work ethic. JET is a CRCD program that provides 32 hours of paid job training for young people who have never before held a job or had work experience.

Lavena models one of her handcrafted leather handbags (photo credit: Anita Hodges for
The LA:RISE program, in partnership with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC), helped give participant Lavena the opportunity to build her confidence and marketing skills and provide a venue to sell her handcrafted leather bags, Vena Vena Handbags.

Prior to joining LA:RISE, Lavena struggled with housing and re-entering the workforce. Through LA:RISE, Lavena was able to join the transitional employment program at the DWC, where she was able to earn a steady paycheck. She said she appreciates the wrap around support services she receives from the DWC and LA:RISE, while also learning workplace soft skills to build her professionalism.

Raul Barranco (right) launched a new career as a union electrician with help from the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and guidance from coach Jarrett Moore (left)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Raul Barranco secure a career as a union electrician with IBEW Local 11.

After spending nearly three decades in incarceration, Raul participated in the Anti-Recidivism Coalition’s (ARC) Second Chance Union Training Program which operates in partnership with the Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center and Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

Veteran Caryette Williams-Muhammed (right) receive barista training and full time job placement, with the help of WorkSource Center Career Coach Ernesto Garcia (left)
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Technical Trade College WorkSource Center (WSC) recently helped veteran Caryette Williams-Muhammad receive barista training through the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy, ultimately securing her a job at Los Angeles World Airports (LAX).

Caryette recently visited the Vernon-Central/LATTC WSC for employment and training assistance. Career Coach Ernesto Garcia gave Caryette an initial assessment and discussed her career options. With Ernesto’s assistance, Caryette enrolled into the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy’s barista training.

Glow Girl Enterprises owner Enjunaya Canton (left) with Mid City BusinessSource loan counselor Phong Le
The Mid City Region BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently helped long term client Enjunaya Canton secure a $1,000 microloan for her growing natural skin care business, Glow Girl Enterprises Inc.

Enjunaya first visited the Mid City Region BSC in October 2017 for business coaching and financial assistance. In December 2017, EWDD Updates reported that the Mid City BSC had helped Enjunaya secure a $500 microloan to increase her inventory.