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February 2016
In This Newsletter
Free Tax Prep!
ReThinking Housing
Member Nite
Participant Spotlight
Employer Spotlight

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
Wed. Jan. 20  - Tax Preparation began; until April 15

Tues. Feb. 2 -  TCWFI Job Readiness Orientation; 8am

Sat. Feb. 6 - Homebuyers Education Course; 8am

Sun. Feb. 7 - Generation, Customer Service Training application deadline

Fri. Feb. 12 - Generation Atlanta--Employers Meeting; 8am 

Tues. Feb. 23  - TCWFI Job Readiness Orientation; 8am

Mon. Feb. 29 - First day of Generation Training

Tues. Mar. 1  - TCWFI Job Readiness Orientation; 8am

Thurs. Mar. 3 - Member Nite; 6pm

 
LOCAL CHURCH HOSTS CLOTHING DRIVE 
FOR  THE CENTER'S 
CAREER CLOSET
S outhwest Christian Fellowship Church, located in Grant Park hosted a "Purse-Suit of Happiness" Clothing Drive asking members to donate professional clothing, benefiting our participants. The congregation donated hundreds of clothing items including suits, blouses, shirts, shoes and hosiery. The items will be used to enhance our Job Readiness Program by equipping our participants with professional apparel needed for interviews and job opportunities. 

If you would like to learn more about donating clothing, contact 
 
TURNER FIELD COMMUNITY SURVEY REPORT
The Turner Field Community Survey asked thousands of residents to weigh in on what matters to them in the redevelopment of Turner Field and surrounding parking lots. See the results of the survey by clicking here .

For more information about the coalition and upcoming events, visit their  website.




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Dear Reader, 

Exciting things are happening at TCWFI everyday and we want you to be in the know! In this review, you will learn about recent activity, participant's successes, partnerships, and other news. Read on and enjoy!   
 
Introducing Generation Atlanta: Customer Service Training Program

This month we will launch an exciting customer service training program, Generation Atlanta, as the Atlanta pilot of the  McKinsey Social Initiative funded by the Walmart Foundation.  The Generation program is a six-week, part-time program that equips participants with the skills and support needed to excel and rapidly progress from entry-level positions to management roles within the retail and customer service industry. We are recruiting 25-35 students for the inaugural cohort .

Interested candidates must apply 
by February 14th, 2016. 

Eligibility:
  • Must be between ages 18-29
  • Must be legally permitted to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test
  • Must be unemployed or underemployed and looking for a better opportunity
Download the flyer here  or learn more about the Generation Program here.
 
TCWFI Offering Free Tax Assistance

In partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta, we are excited to help families eliminate the stress of the tax filing season! On January 20 our IRS certified team began free tax preparation for persons who earned less than $53,000 in 2015. Anyone can schedule an appointment by calling 404-223-3303. 

For the full 2016 Tax Prep Schedule d ownload the flyer  here.
 
Atlanta Housing Authority and Workforce Agencies are "ReThinking Housing"

In 2015 we were able to partner with the Atlanta Housing Authority to provide  its clients with soft skills training, financial literacy education, case management through coaching and 
job placement assistance. Learn more about our partnership th ro ugh the ReThinking Housing Initiative video: Public Housing Fosters Education: ReThinking Why Housing Matters

If you are in need, or know an Atlanta resident looking for skills training or career advancement opportunities, call our front desk today at 404-223-3303 for information about an upcoming orientation.
 
Employer Insights at Member Nite
 
As we prepare for Member Nite on March 3rd, we remember our De cember 2015 gathering. We were joined by a panel of the Center's employer partners who collectively hired over 20 of our participants just in 2015. The panel included management and human resources leads from Levy Restaurants, Inc.,  Kroger (Atlanta Region), Waffle House Corporation and Walmart (Vine City). Panelists provided insights on their respective company cultures and the distinct characteristics they look for in candidates. They also shared interviewing tips, dos and don'ts, advancement pathways and also discussed the importance of partnering with the Center to employ community residents. 

If you're interested in learning more about workforce development at The Center, please contact Anita Foster at afoster@tcwfi.org.  

Note: the Center's next Member Nite is scheduled for March 3rd at 6pm in our conference room.   
 
Participant Spotlight: Shaquanta Arnold 
 
After working several years for a local printing company, Shaquanta Arnold was laid off. Shaquanta soon found herself and her four daughters moving in with her mother. 
 
Eager to get back to work, Shaquanta came to the Center with a positive attitude, a goal in mind and a commitment to bettering the future for herself and her daughters. She enrolled in our 20-day Job Readiness training program, taking advantage of all the Center offers including our Two-Generation supports (2Gen), a partnership with Sheltering Arms-Educare Atlanta (at Dunbar), where her youngest daughter Jasmine is now enrolled. 
 
Working with her pathway coach, Shaquanta developed an Individualized Progression Plan (IPP) outlining her steps toward employment. At the same time a paid, six-month apprenticeship with the Center came available through our partnership with Dekalb Workforce Development. Given Shaquanta's drive and administrative experience, her coach recommended her to be interviewed for the position; she was selected out of 13 candidates. 

Shaquanta joined our  Family Economic Success programs team as an Administrative Specialist. After six months of amazing dedication and performance in the role, she became a permanent full-time employee, giving her a chance at career advancement opportunities as well as benefits.  Shaquanta is working with her husband to build a financially sustainable home for their family. 
 
Learn more about what it takes to navigate through generational poverty from Shaquanta in 
a short video filmed last year by 11 Alive news.  Click here to see the video. 
 
To see more participant success stories, visit our Facebook page
 
Donor Spotlight: George Slaughter

George Slaughter donates to the Center because of what he calls the "giving circle." At one point in George's life he was on the brink of becoming homeless. Today, George is the CEO of 4Front Healthcare. He is also a proud graduate of the Center's Moving to Entrepreneurship (M2E) Program. 

As a successful entrepreneur, George believes, "it's only right for me to give back to help someone else's dream." George answered the call during our 2015 year-end appeal with a specific request, to directly support a family in need. In a matter of hours we were able to identify a deserving family and coordinate a special angel donor surprise.

We are thankful for all of our supporters, like George and countless others who make financial and in-kind contributions. If you would like to become a donor, visit us at www.tcwfi.org/donate
 
Employer Spotlight: McDonald's  
 
McDonald's has been a great partner, and recently hosted onsite interviews at the Center for various positions in their Hapeville, College Park and Camp Creek stores. We're lovin' it! 

At our last McDonald's hiring fair, four TCWFI participants were hired on the spot! We truly thank McDonald's for helping put our participants back to work and on a path to advancement within the company.