Eduardo on his latest job site in his new career as a carpenter
Assisting Job Seekers During the Coronavirus
The Vernon-Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Center (WSC), operated by EWDD partner Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), provided financial guidance and job training to Eduardo, helping him become a Carpenter’s Union apprentice and find work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eduardo first learned about the CRCD-run WorkSource Center and Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) at a job fair. After a run-in with the law, Eduardo enrolled in the center’s programs in an effort to transform his life by getting his finances in order and pursuing a career.

Eduardo credited the WSC for providing him a support system and encouraging him to take OSHA training, which led to a career in the construction trades.

“I was lost until someone decided to take a chance on me and ask me questions about what I wanted to do and not what I should do,” he said. “I like that there are so many programs to assist you. I never knew things like this existed. I thought I was truly alone. They helped point me in the right direction.”

Eduardo started a job earlier this month, where he wears a mask on-site. He said he is excited about working as a carpenter in a growing field and is happy about having a trade. He also praised the WSC team for providing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I appreciated that the FOC was always in contact with me during the coronavirus,” he said. “They told me about resources that were available and told me about saving my money for an emergency. I was able to get into the carpenters union and get a job.”

If you have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, EWDD wants to help. Many residents of the City of Los Angeles have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Many are faced with job loss or are struggling to keep their businesses operational. Even as all Californians are asked to limit outside activities beyond what is absolutely necessary, the City of LA and EWDD are diligently working to provide crucial services and programs. Please visit our COVID-19 Resources page to learn more. We're here to help.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of May 25, 2020. Read this issue and more.