David Gendreau, 44, ended up couch surfing after losing his job. Through CEO Social Enterprise, he was able to get subsidized employment as part of a Caltrans cleanup crew. At the same time, the LA:RISE program at America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) in Rancho Dominguez helped mitigate his employment barriers and create new opportunities. This included covering his union fees, providing him gas cards for the commute to work, and new tools. Now, David works as a journeyman for ACH Mechanical, earning $50/hour, and is in the process of securing stable housing.