Appleton’s Market nutrient-dense microwavable mini-meals
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant provided Christina Appleton financial relief that allowed her to keep her business Appleton’s Market open during the pandemic.

Appleton’s Market is inspired by the grocery store Christina’s great grandparents founded in 1962 and passed down for several generations. She now honors her family’s entrepreneurial spirit with her business, which specializes in the sale of “power veggie bites,” nutrient-dense microwavable mini-meals.

real estate agent helping man with home ownership
The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provided a grant to real estate broker Wanda B. Henry, helping her cover pandemic-related expenses for her business, Brookside Real Estate.

With more than 25 years of experience in sales, listing, and finance, Wanda and her colleagues have helped property owners in need for decades, offering real estate services and extra assistance to homeowners and renters. When COVID-19 emerged, the real estate market, like many other industries, was caught off-guard and faced many sudden uncertainties.

Shad Mishu, the owner of California Coast Limo Inc
Shad Mishu, the owner of California Coast Limo Inc., a transportation company based out of San Pedro, was first acquainted with the Harbor-Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC) in 2019 when he needed access to capital.

With the help provided by the Harbor-Watts BSC, Mr. Mishu was able to secure a $415,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan with Poppy Bank. The SBA loan enabled Mr. Mishu to purchase a fleet of stretch limos, thereby expanding his revenue streams.

young children receiving sensory development through food play and sorting
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided a grant that allowed the Child Development Institute to continue to provide their services and resources to families in need.

For more than 20 years, the institute has been promoting healthy development and providing crucial information, products, and services to parents. The organization’s website has become a “go-to” for parents seeking support for child development questions and issues, and is referenced by major universities, school districts, professional organizations and public agencies.

West Valley Boys & Girls Club staff members
The LA Regional COVID-19 Fund provided the West Valley Boys & Girls Club a grant that helped the organization continue to provide services to the 3,200 children that rely on its resources annually.

Since 1992, the West Valley Boys & Girls Club has provided programs to children that build character, encourage healthy lifestyles, and boost academic performance. Many alumni have said that the Club’s commitment to building communities and providing strong role models has helped keep them out of trouble and become more dedicated to their education.

L.A. entrepreneur Angelo Varsobia
After spending his career in the cleaning industry, entrepreneur Angelo Varsobia used his savings to launch Premier Property Preservation, LLC.

Established in 2017, the business entity includes several separate businesses that specialize in commercial and residential janitorial services, including sanitizing, disinfecting, repair, maintenance, and debris removal. Prior to 2020, Premier Property Preservation, LLC was a growing business that received more than 70 small contract jobs in the public and private sector.

LACCC Clean Streets partnership crews cleaned streets in Pacoima
The Los Angeles Community CARE Corp (LACCC) program, which ran in December 2020, offered temporary employment to Angelenos who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Participants were offered jobs related to COVID-19 emergency response and humanitarian efforts that paid up to $22 per hour for up to 200 hours. EWDD’s WorkSource Centers, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, Council District Offices and Community Build, Inc., rolled out the LACCC in 30-days in order to expend the CARES Act funding for the program before it expired December 30, 2020.

Aracely Barboza, owner of L.A. based skin care company Xicali
The East Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) helped long-term client Aracely Barboza successfully apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL) and grants to keep her skin care business, Xicali, afloat during COVID-19.

Xicali is a Los Angeles-based, 100 percent Latinx-owned, all-natural skin care and CBD products company. Since 2019, the East LA BSC has provided Ms. Barboza extensive business consulting including strategic planning and technical assistance to obtain required licenses and permits which helped her launch Xicali as a home-based business that June.

teacher with toddler learning to stack blocks
In an effort to assist Early Childcare Education (ECE) workers that lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to the Coronavirus pandemic, EWDD held virtual workshops about how the City’s BusinessSource and WorkSource Centers offer resources that can help them stay afloat.

EWDD held the event in support of Mayor Garcetti’s partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education (LAUSD-DACE). Offered in English and Spanish, the virtual event

LA:RISE participant Logan, now employed full-time in the culinary industry
After a disagreement with their parents, Logan was kicked out of the house and experienced homelessness at age 18.

When seeking a community and support, Logan found the Los Angeles LGBT Center and became active in their Employment Program. Eager to join the workforce for the first time and build work experience, Logan was referred to the LA:RISE program, where they gained 300 hours of culinary training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s culinary social enterprise.

LA:RISE participant Teddy, now employed full-time as a supervisor
Before enrolling in LA:RISE at social enterprise Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Teddy faced several barriers to finding and keeping employment. The restrictions of his probation presented an obstacle, and without a steady place to live, Teddy was at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

He was eager to get his foot in the door and feel the pride that comes from working.

The Bixel Exchange's virtual tech internships event, Tech Talent Pipeline Employee Showcase
As part of EWDD’s ongoing efforts to provide underrepresented communities equitable access to careers in the tech industry, EWDD’s YouthSource Centers invited participants to the “Tech Talent Pipeline Employee Showcase,” a virtual event highlighting tech internships.

The Bixel Exchange, the technology and innovation arm of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, held the event Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Sixteen employers presented information about their companies, followed by two breakout sessions that allowed young Angelenos to network and connect with potential employers.