William Jones and CareerLink Secure Employment After 10-year Prison Sentence
Local Philadelphian William Jones has turned his life around after a 10-year prison sentence, thanks to PA Careerlink, Hunting Park and your generous support.
This past January, William celebrated the one-year anniversary of his prison release. Since then, he has tackled the job market, and now considers Careerlink his “second family.”
“They’ve been great to me,” he said. “It’s like I’m the only person who came through the door, that’s how much they’ve been doing for me.”
William currently holds two part-time jobs, one of which is for the local Philadelphia deli Vincent Giordano. Recently, William built upon his computer skills by taking Careerlink classes and post-secondary courses with Project Home. In the future, William hopes to partner with Esperanza’s Careerlink staff to earn his pardon letter from the Philadelphia court system. William’s dream job is to serve others and be an EMT.
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Esperanza Helps Form National Discussion on Poverty
Esperanza’s President, Founder and CEO Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., recently contributed to a new idea paper that discusses how to reduce poverty, through a partnership staffed by the Urban Institute and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Rev. Luis Cortés Jr. contributed to the results of the paper, “Restoring the American Dream: What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty?” Esperanza’s workforce development programs seek to transform Hispanic communities in poverty into opportunities of hope and place-based development initiatives.
“Esperanza was honored to be chosen as a Partnership member for our trajectory of successful work,” said Rev. Luis Cortés Jr. Esperanza looks to build on our anti-poverty work with your dedication and generosity and strengthen our Hispanic communities!
Read more about Esperanza and the Partnership recent release of national study on poverty.
Your Dollar Snapshot: Careerlink Job Searching Classes
Your dollars help Esperanza by supporting our Careerlink classes, which offer valuable skills to help local Philadelphia job seekers. Careerlink staff recently introduced a class entitled, “Google: A Job Seeker’s Dream!” The class invited local Philadelphia clients and helped them learn to utilize Google to enhance their job search. We hope you continue to support Careerlink and the 500 new clients they serve through classes, resume coaching, and financial literacy services each week!
Partnership Spotlight: Wells Fargo
Esperanza makes a difference in the lives of so many because of the incredible support of our amazing partners. Wells Fargo has been an advocate of Esperanza from the very beginning and we are so thankful to have them support our work! Thank you, Wells Fargo!