L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

WSC operator SoCal Goodwill connected with job seekers at the City of Los Angeles Public Works Career Fair in January 2024
On January 25, 2024, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works partnered with Councilmember, Imelda Padilla, to host a Career Fair in Van Nuys at the Airtel Plaza Hotel. Throughout the career fair, representatives from over 14 City of L.A. departments were available to

Michael at his Grid Alternatives Solar Panel Training program graduation
After his release from 14 years of incarceration, Michael didn’t have access to reentry information or the resources needed to secure a permanent job or maintain stable housing. However, with the assistance of LA:RISE and the Vernon Central WorkSource Center (WSC), he enrolled in job placement with

Edgar Rodriguez, founder and owner of ER Plumbing Solutions, fixing a plumbing emergency
In 2023, Edgar Rodriguez embarked on his journey of founding ER Plumbing Solutions after a decade of experience in the industry. His vision was simple- to redefine the standards of plumbing services by prioritizing communication and honest pricing. However, to realize this vision, Rodriquez required

Tomoko Morishita, owner of the Japanese-American restaurant Eigikutei (栄菊亭)
Like many other restaurants in the City of Los Angeles, Tomoko Morishita, owner of the Japanese-American restaurant Eigikutei (栄菊亭), faced a substantial decrease in revenue during the pandemic. Morishita turned to EWDD’s Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) for assistance in obtaining access to capital to keep her

UCLA YouthSource Center participants pose on campus quad with center name overlaid in hollow letters
A balancing act between working and attending school is already difficult and can be impossible when facing housing insecurity. This was the situation that Ebony Mckinney found herself facing as she began aging out of the foster care system.

Mckinney learned about the

Watts YouthSource Youth Council members work with staffers from Council District 15 to make their December 2023 Winter Wonderland event a success for local families
On December 8, 2023, in partnership with Council District 15, students of the YO! Watts YouthSource Center (YSC) volunteered in the Watts community to make the annual Winter Wonderland event a success. Councilmember Tim McOsker’s Office asked the

The City of Los Angeles Public Works department hosted a successful Career Fair on November 2, 2023, specifically targeting job seekers looking for pathways to City employment
On November 2, 2023, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works hosted its 4th Public Works Career Fair at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. Over 800 job seekers attended to learn how to apply and gain information about the City and other job employment opportunities.

Two of EWDD's WorkSource Centers,

Bijal Desai-Ramirez, founder of Masalawali, a chai shop and collective liberation space that reclaims and decolonizes South Asian traditions
This past summer, Grid110 wrapped up their 6-week ‘Idea to Launch’ Bootcamp, the nonprofit startup incubator’s latest initiative to support underrepresented startups and small business founders in Los Angeles. The bootcamp consisted of 6 weeks of intensive self-directed work and weekly live sessions, including mentorship, accountability, and

BusinessSource Center reps ready to assist local business owners negatively impacted by the I-10 freeway fire
On November 20-21, 2023, the City of Los Angeles partnered with government agencies and community-based organizations to provide resources, assistance, and services to businesses suffering from economic hardships from the 10 freeway closure. EWDD's Southeast, East, and Hollywood BusinessSource Centers (BSC) were in attendance on both days to provide in-person resources

attendees pose at the entrance to the 2023 Women’s Empowerment Summit hosted by the YO! Watts YouthSource Center
On October 7, 2023, the YO! Watts YouthSource Center (YSC) hosted the 2023 Women’s Empowerment Summit. The summit aimed to provide an enriching and inspiring experience and to expose 30 young girls from Watts to a diverse range of career opportunities. The summit featured panels and discussions with experts in various fields, including

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