L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success

Solomon Cannon with his National Dislocated Worker Group (NDWG) restoration crew at the Monrovia Canyon Park in October 2022
Solomon Cannon joined the National Dislocated Worker Group (NDWG) restoration crew at the Monrovia Canyon Park in October 2022. He was eager to gain work experience, but he was struggling with homelessness, a significant barrier as he struggled to find a job.

Solomon knew he needed a way to earn an income so he could stop moving from house to house. Joining the restoration crew gave him a steady paycheck.

Since starting the program, Solomon has been a dedicated team member. He never misses a day of work and is always willing to help with any assignments. He now has financial stability and his own apartment, where he lives with his brother. Solomon has been going on job interviews with support and interview preparation training from MCS Workforce Development Case Managers. He hopes to have permanent employment by the end of this month.

Through the NDWG, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) provided paid work experience for workers to assist with recovery efforts forto residents and businesses that were severely impacted by the state’s mega fires. The NDWG also funded temporary employment opportunities for individuals who lost their jobs during COVID-19.

EWDD’s WorkSource Centers and workforce partners helped administer the NDWG, which has provided temporary employment to hundreds of Angelenos. This project is 100% federally funded in the amount of $1.8 million. The WorkSource Centers also offer free job training, resume assistance, and skill training and placement services to local job seekers. They offer a variety of employment, training and support services to LA businesses as well. Learn about the many programs and benefits offered through the Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 13, 2023. Read this issue and more.