L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


owner of Casa de Decor Cristina Salcedo (center, white shirt) with her home staging team
Cristina Salcedo, owner of Casa de Decor, received a $5,000 Comeback Checks grant that helped her cover COVID-19 related expenses during the Safer at Home ordinances. EWDD partner ICON CDC, operator of the North and South Valley BusinessSource Centers, offered her guidance on her application.

For six years, Cristina’s business has offered interior design and home staging services. With a

Angeleno Corps program’s first graduating cohort - pictured are four graduates with L.A. Mayor Garcetti on June 29, 2022
On June 29, 2022, Angeleno Corps’ first ever cohort graduated from the program. The Angeleno Corps is a 10-month long program that offers hands-on work experience and educational support to 18-24 year olds living in Los Angeles.

The selected Corps members served in one of four areas: education and child care, health and environmental justice, tech and digital assistance, and immigration advocacy. Through this part-time work experience,

LA:RISE participant Lorraine
After returning home from 15 years of incarceration, Lorraine relocated to Los Angeles ready to start her next chapter and take advantage of all the opportunities the city had to offer. However, after the move, she experienced homelessness as she worked to overcome steep barriers to finding employment.

Lorraine knew the value of a supportive network and asking for the help that you need, so she sought out

(clockwise from top left) 2022 College graduates Naydelli Mendoza, Gilberto Ochoa, Maria Odalis Marcos, and Armando Garcia - all former Para Los Niños YouthSource program participants
In June, Para Los Niños, operator of the Northeast L.A. and Westlake/Central L.A. YouthSource Centers, shares four stories celebrating the college graduation of their youth participants.

PLN’s strategic goals include offering support to YouthSource participants through college and graduation. EWDD’s network of 14 YouthSource Centers are dedicated to providing key resources for

CuiLing Qiu (right) owner of Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food in Downtown L.A.'s Chinatown
First-generation Asian American restaurant owner CuiLing Qiu has operated Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food on Ord Street in Chinatown since 2019. Having been in operation for only three months when COVID-19 hit, Qiu’s restaurant was forced to stop in-door dining service and offer to-go or delivery orders only to her customers.

In May 2022, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Qiu in securing

The 17 military veterans that completed low voltage installation tech trainng through the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center
The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) connected 17 military veterans, 11 of whom were homeless, with a training opportunity to become low voltage installation technicians in the Audio Visual (AV) industry.

The center, managed by EWDD contractor the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), recently partnered with Career Expansion, Inc (CEI), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the Southbay Workforce Board (SBWIB) to successfully conduct the

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