create / 2016

Expanding Economic Empowerment at Safe Refuge

Expanding Economic Empowerment at Safe Refuge

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by Safe Refuge

Safe Refuge seeks to expand our Employment Services program to include online GED prep, online training opportunities, and computer literacy education for low-income and other vulnerable communities.


Please describe your project proposal.

Safe Refuge seeks to expand our Employment Services Program, which provides access to resume writing services, job readiness training, and job search opportunities. Safe Refuge is proposing to expand services to include online GED preparation/fees, online training opportunities with certifications, and computer literacy education for various vulnerable communities, including the formerly incarcerated and homeless adults. Funds will be used to purchase software, equipment, and to train staff.

Which of the create metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Jobs per capita
  • Unemployment (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South Bay

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to create?

Safe Refuge is seeking funds to expand our current Employment Services program. Through this program, community members are able to access on-site job placement and job training services for low-income and disadvantaged individuals re-entering the job market after an extended gap in employment. Our tools include employability assessments, written employment plans, one-on-one employment specialist services, employment preparation training, job placement, job training and job retention services. All services are available, at no cost, to residents of Long Beach and surrounding areas. We educate local employers on the unique challenges and rewards of hiring our clients and help them overcome their reservations. If funded, Safe Refuge plans to expand this program by implementing GED preparatory services, online training programs with certifications, and computer literacy education. These additional services directly link to multiple CREATE metrics, including Jobs per capita and Unemployment rates and opportunities for the formerly incarcerated, although the project would benefits multiple vulnerable populations.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Success for expanded services in our Employment Services program will be measured by various means. We will count the number of new participants enrolled, the rate of success on GED examinations, the number of online certifications obtained, the number of participants hired, and by test results for computer literacy education services.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research