Guest Post: Integrity Transformations and Westside Works

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation and Westside Works

Integrity Transformations is a Community Partner on Off the Wall. 

Workforce Development is an Asset on the Westside!

 

Motivational case management is the hallmark of Integrity Transformations’ services.

Integrity Transformations is a community development corporation that aims to transform the residents and neighborhoods of English Avenue, Vine City and other contiguous 30314 and 30318 communities through mechanisms of economic empowerment, including workforce development, entrepreneurship, home ownership and motivational case management. By pursuing and executing this mission, Integrity provides vital services and resources that enable citizens to become self-sufficient.

 

One of Westside Works’ training partners, The Center for Working Families, Inc., provides a Certified Nursing Assistant program.

Westside Works is a consortium of training partners that help equip Westside residents with hard and soft skills in order to become gainfully employed and begin a fruitful career. Four years ago the Arthur Blank Family Foundation built upon the 19 year recruitment and job placement success of Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation and created Westside Works, a long-term neighborhood program focused on creating employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous neighborhoods. The goals of the organization are to create building blocks for job success, to remain resident focused and provide additional opportunities. The Arthur Blank Family Foundation is the primary sponsor of Westside Works. Since its inception in 2014, over 836 residents have been trained by Westside Works, 604 of them have been placed into full-time jobs, and the economic impact is $16.67 million wages earned.

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation is the managing partner of Westside Works and provides client recruitment, case management and intake services, and training program referrals. The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) sponsors a construction ready program; approximately 160 of CEFGA program graduates helped to build the Mercedes Benz stadium. The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) provides a Certified Nursing Assistant program and STRIVE job readiness for local residents, Per Scholas sponsors an information technology program, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s program trains and hires residents to become child development associates, and Levy Restaurants sponsors a culinary program.

According to Integrity’s CEO Rev. Howard Beckham, “The challenges of many residents who live in 30314 and 30318 include the lack of living-wage employment opportunities, lack of opportunities and services for returning citizens (ex-offenders), low education levels, lack of affordable home ownership and lack of skilled workers. Westside Works addresses these issues by offering training and employment opportunities that are responsive to needs of the community.” In addition, we provide a battery of assessments to assist us with determining needs and direct placement, offer remediation classes via a literacy program, case management support and wraparound services, programs that are ex-offender friendly, an employment pipeline to high demand industries, and offer home ownership readiness services via partnerships.

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