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women like Laura.
“I love my job,” said Laura. “I get to help people find job opportunities, and change their lives. This means helping them become self-sufficient not just temporarily, but long-term. It really is life-changing. Not just for the people I help, but for me as well.”
Laura Evans never imagined that at age 55, she would be unemployed and struggling to find a job.
The sole provider for her family for more than two decades and a mother of four, she had a successful career in the grocery business that ended abruptly. After months of job hunting, she found herself in need of guidance and support.
“I had been searching every day for months without success,” said Laura. “I was losing hope and was very worried. How I could restart my career at this stage in my life?”
Laura took the first step to getting back on her feet by applying to the JVS SoCal operated Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) program. She was then enrolled in the Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE) program administered by JVS SoCal the Antelope Valley America’s Job Center of California (AJCC).
After enrolling in the TSE program, she was referred to potential worksites, including the JVS SoCal Lancaster General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) office where she was assigned for eight months of paid work experience.
Every day, unemployed and underemployed women like Laura come to JVS SoCal in search of job training, career coaching, job placement and even emergency support services. With help from donors like you, we can provide the resources our clients need to improve their quality of life and put them on the path to economic independence.