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Monique was laid off from LAX DHL through AEROTEK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In partnership with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), EWDD held a series of virtual Rapid Response sessions to assist employees who were impacted by the mass layoffs at LAX due to the pandemic. The sessions offered guidance to former employees on how to navigate filing for unemployment and connect them with vocational training opportunities to learn a new trade.

Glenda Felipe, a 2nd generation L.A. restaurateur and owner of Nanay Gloria’s Fast Food in Eagle Rock
The Central/West BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped Glenda Felipe, a 2nd generation restaurateur and owner of Nanay Gloria’s Fast Food, obtain financial assistance to keep her family’s restaurant afloat during COVID-19.

Glenda inherited the Filipino restaurant from her mother in 2004. As the restaurant’s popularity increased, Glenda expanded the business and opened two additional locations in North Hollywood and Riverside. Business was going well until the COVID-19 pandemic when

LA:RISE program participant Alexandra
Alexandra’s family was experiencing homelessness, and without housing stability, she found it challenging to stay enrolled in school.

Through LA:RISE, she received job training with social enterprise partner Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC), where she has found stability and opportunities to build a bright future. The LA:RISE program helped Alexandra get out of her comfort zone, learn

LA:RISE program participant Julio receiving on-the-job training through Goodwill of Southern California
The LA:RISE program helped prepare Julio to return to the workforce after serving nearly five years of incarceration.

Julio enrolled in the LA:RISE program through social enterprise Goodwill of Southern California. He was eager to access on-the-job training while earning an income and receiving supportive services. Julio began by participating in Goodwill’s Leadership Academy, which

Minerva, J&F Ice Cream Shop owner
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) recently assisted husband and wife duo Jose and Minerva, J&F Ice Cream Shop owners, with finding funding opportunities to keep their business afloat during the pandemic.

J&F Ice Cream Shop was severely affected during the pandemic and the shop's revenues fell by more than half. The Center guided the longtime clients to pandemic financial relief resources, including the California Relief Grant and access to capital.

Northeast Valley WorkSource Center participant Erick with his new bicycle
The Northeast Valley WorkSource Center (WSC) helped Erick find work after a long period of incarceration by providing him job training for a new career as a baker's assistant. At the Pacoima-based Center, Erick attended the job readiness workshops and obtained a certificate of completion.

Erick secured employment as a Baker's Assistant but did not have transportation.