Vernon-Central WorkSource Career Coach Jessica Fuentes (left) stands beside client Elsy Sanchez
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade-Technical College WorkSource Center helped Elsy Sanchez successfully find employment at a local 99 cents store after she was out of work for more than a year.

One of Elsy’s main barriers to employment was that she does not have a car and relies heavily on public transportation. She is also illiterate in her native language and is afraid to navigate the city’s transportation system to unfamiliar places.

Elsy began working closely with Career Coach Jessica Fuentes and the pair began submitting applications that focused on local job openings.

Elsy quickly gained employment at a local 99 cents store that is a short 10-minute bus ride from her home. Elsy also received supportive services in the form of new work clothes to help her transition back into employment.

The Vernon-Central/LATTC WorkSource Center is run by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD).

“Come to this center and seek help,” Elsy said to other job seekers. “You are not alone.”

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 December 31, 2018. Read this issue and more.