The transformational power of employment

Eddie is a 45-year-old who was homeless with long-term unemployment and previous substance use disorder when he enrolled into a job readiness program at Chrysalis. He worked in Chrysalis Works, a one-year transitional job program in street maintenance.

Working in the Fashion District helped him overcome his discomfort in crowds and built his communication skills. Eddie found full-time employment as a prep cook with First to Serve, an organization that provides transitional housing, medical, and supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in South LA.

He has been working with First to Serve for more than six months and was recently promoted to Supervisor. Eddie tells others about Chrysalis and says he has been given “the power to make the choices on what job I want.”