Meet George

Story submitted by: Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA)

Workforce Challenge

Up to 2009, George worked as a Driller’s Assistant in Lompoc. It was a well paying job, and George was well liked. Regrettably, he was going through a divorce and it began to affect his work. Soon he lost his job and decided to move to Southern California. He was soon out of luck and he ended up on general relief while living in his car. In February 2010, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) told him about a County of L.A. program through the WorkSource Centers, called Transitional Subsidized Employment (TSE).

Workforce Solution

He came to SASSFA WorkSource Center orientation and was very willing to take any kind of work he was offered. After a brief period working as a janitor, George was placed at Votaw Precision Technologies, to tear down, clean, and reassemble equipment and machines. Votaw was impressed and they asked him to train on how to operate the machines. He soon became one of the top performers.

Outcomes & Benefits

At the end of the TSE program, George was offered a full-time position with Votaw. As a result of a recent contract, George was asked to work an extra 20 hours week overtime. He now has an apartment and has been granted visitation rights with his son. He is extremely thankful to the TSE program and the opportunity it has given him to rebuild his life and become a productive citizen once again.

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