• March 6, 2024

Devon’s Story

Devon’s Story

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Devon struggled for years to maintain consistent employment. He and his girlfriend experienced housing stability off and on and eventually resorted to sleeping in their car. When their car broke down, they had no choice but to couch surf with family members. 

Devon was eventually referred to LA:RISE, a program that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help people who face high barriers to employment secure sustainable employment.

Through LA:RISE, Devon received guidance and support in developing marketable skills that could make him more competitive in the job market. He completed the “Retail Ambassador Training” program within LA:RISE and learned the tasks and responsibilities associated with working as a sales clerk. He then practiced those skills in a hands-on setting through a transitional job placement.

LA:RISE staff quickly recognized his strong work ethic and offered him a full-time permanent position within the program’s Goodwill store. In addition to providing a consistent source of income, Devon’s new job has taught him invaluable communication skills and helped him gain confidence. 

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