Sacramento-based Women’s Empowerment, a nonprofit group that trains formerly homeless women for jobs, said that 70 percent of the 30 women who went through its new job-training program are now employed.
The nonprofit’s “Get A Job Kit” program, launched in April 2014, prepares participants for job interviews and helps develop workplace skills, including inventory control, production, quality assurance and customer service. They earn a stipend while assembling the kits, which include a job organizer and tips on interviews, résumés and other skills.
The program was founded in 1990 by Shirley Willey, who donated the business to Women’s Empowerment when she retired last year.
“These women had some of the toughest barriers to employment, but they were able to earn while they learned, so they would not fall back into homelessness as they worked to gain new skills,” Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment, said in a statement.
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