ocated in Farley House, the Employment and Client Services Center provides all Good Shepherd Center residents with job development, case management and Life Skills training to enable self-sufficient living. Services are designed to help each woman increase her earning potential through education, training, and job placement and to aid her in developing a foundation for economic stability.
Employment and Client Services include:
- A fully-equipped computer lab with 14 workstations
- Life Skills training workshops that prepare residents for self-sufficient living
- Employment services and job placement assistance
- On-site job training and workshops
- Referrals to community services
The Employment and Client Services Center empowers women to achieve financial independence through job training and placement, case management, and Life Skills education. All Good Shepherd Center residents have access to the following services:
- Computer Lab
A computer lab with 14 workstations is available to all residents. Classes on Microsoft Office and other basic computer skills are offered, and women may receive a certificate of completion.
- Life Skills Training Workshops
All residents are encouraged to attend these classes which cover a variety of topics such as housing rights, job interview skills, health concerns, stress management, budgeting, personal safety and other issues related to independent living.
- Job Development and Employment Services
An on-site Employment Services Coordinator is available to assist all residents with resumé writing, interview skills and job searches. As part of our Workforce Development Program, Good Shepherd Center also partners with several agencies and organizations that assist the women with job placement and career counseling and conduct on-site training and workshops. Currently our partner agencies include:
– Service, Employment and Redevelopment (SER) – Jobs for Progress
– City of Los Angeles Department of Aging
– State of California Dept. of Rehabilitation (DOR)
– MetroNorth Worksource Center, a program of Goodwill Industries
– Westlake Worksource Center
– Hollywood Worksource Center
– Los Angeles Job Corps (Career Transitions Center)
– Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles
– National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
– Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services (AYE)
– California State Employment Development Department (EDD)
– Donor Services Group
- Referrals to Community Services
We work with many partners to help our residents attain their goals and achieve independent living. At the Employment and Client Service Center, residents receive referrals for additional social services available in the community.
- Work Appropriate Attire
A partnership with Dress for Success outfits the women who have interviews and are entering the work force.
Good Shepherd Center is committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for the women and children that come through our doors. Women staying at Good Shepherd Center’s residential facilities are encouraged to secure full time employment so that they can move from homelessness to independent living.
Our programs help them get there by providing case management, job training and development, Life Skills workshops, and referrals to community services. Good Shepherd Center’s community partnerships enhance our employment program and provide better services for our residents.
In March, the Society of Trojan Women, which is part of the University of Southern California’s Alumni Association, hosted a Professional Development Day for the women and teens enrolled in Good Shepherd Center’s residential programs. The day’s events included resume reviews and tips on how to improve them; conducting mock interviews for residents, and career image consultation (clothing and make up) to help in making a professional first impression at job interviews and also after landing a job . Women who participated received an added bonus: a gift bag with work appropriate make up, and a portfolio to complete their professional look.