Riverside at Work (R.A.W.) is a job-readiness and training program for Riverside residents who are both homeless and unemployed. Employment is a catalyst to self- sufficiency, therefore the program is designed to empower individuals to reintegrate into the workforce. Each participant receives wrap-around supportive services that are specifically tailored to their needs.
The City was awarded $10,000 through the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to launch this employment program. In addition, Altura Credit Union, which was a flagship sponsor of the 2017 Walk to End Homelessness, also committed a three-year sponsorship to R.A.W. The locally-based financial institution is contributing $25,000 the first year, $30,000 the second year, and $35,000 the third year. The agencies are also collecting local data on workforce trends, in-demand occupations, and high-growth industries, which is an innovative approach to ensuring sustainability of the program.
Emilio Ramirez, Deputy Director of the City’s Community & Economic Development Department, who continues to recruit businesses and agencies to support the program, said, “The social cohesion and willingness of the diverse range of businesses and agencies to partner with R.A.W. serve the common good of the entire community.”
Beautification of the grounds of the Riverside Access Center on Hulen Place was the first project for the R.A.W. participants. But, the project’s organizers said they will eventually begin landscaping and beautification projects in the community and around local businesses. “
Our goal is for R.A.W. participants to contribute to the community. We believe that as the program and its participants continue to emerge, local businesses will embrace the concept, promote it, and ultimately stimulate the program’s growth,” said Michelle Davis, City of Riverside Housing Authority Manager.
For more information about how to serve as a sponsor for R.A.W., contact Lashea West at email@example.com or (951) 826-5381.