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Meet Remedios Barrera - Los Angeles

Workforce Challenge:

Remedios Barrera, 29, is a single parent of two young children. Before entering the Enhanced Transitional Subsidized Employment (E-TSE) program Remedios was homeless living in a shelter with her children.


Workforce Solution:

Remedios sought recovery from substance abuse and wanted to re-enter the workforce to better herself for her family. She is receiving assistance from CHIRLA and El Nido Family Center and is currently working at the non-profit organization UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, which manages South Los Angeles Work Source Center.

Outcome and Benefits:

Remedios moved easily into her position providing clerical and customer services support. Her supervisor reports that she is an outstanding employee.

"The E-TSE Program is truly an amazing experience. Through the program I was able to re-enter the workforce, using my previous experience and getting hands-on training in a job setting where I feel comfortable. It allows me to re-learn how to perform in a work environment and how to handle stress, manage my time, and communicate well with others. It also gives me the opportunity to connect with resources that will help me with permanent housing. As someone who is coming off the streets, this program is helping me to achieve a better life for me and my family."

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