On March 4, the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency held a graduation ceremony for our 6th CareerWorks class. After successfully completing four weeks of intense job readiness and life skills training, these 31 graduates are ready to join the workforce.
But the program doesn’t stop there. For the next 12 months, ACSS will continue working closely with each graduate, supporting their path to success and self-sufficiency.
“It’s a full-year that we have available to us assistance in job search, assistance in housing,” said Darryl, an ACSS graduate. “So, we’re really just opening the door at this graduation into our potential.”
Here’s a 60 second video with highlights of the graduation ceremony.
Yesterday more than 100 of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency’s clients filled our headquarters to interview with 14 of Metro Atlanta’s top employers such as MARTA, Target and Aramark. Our first job fair provided these men and women with an opportunity to meet with human resource representatives from the home health, warehouse, customer service and data entry fields. Following the event we received glowing remarks from participating employers who were impressed with our clients’ resumes, ambition and appearance. The clients in attendance had recently completed ACSS’s Career Works program, which prepares adults with the skills they need to become gainfully employed – a big step in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
In case you missed it, here is 11 Alive’s coverage of our first job fair:
Last week the world paused to remember a man who committed his life to serving those less fortunate and to inspiring others to greatness – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year, Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health honors organizations who demonstrate true leadership in the community at its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards, and Café 458 was honored to be one of this year’s recipients!
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency President Charles Edwards and ACSS’s Clinical Counselor Bobbie Slocumb attended a reception at Emory University last week where they accepted the award on behalf of our dedicated staff and volunteers. Here’s a picture of the award which is now proudly displayed in the Café 458 dining hall.
The award reads “For unwavering dedication towards building community through unity, service, collaborative responsibility.”
Café 458 was nominated for the award by a volunteer who was impressed by Café 458’s programs and lunch service for Metro Atlanta’s homeless population. By providing daily meals, case management and support services, Café 458 helps our guests achieve personal goals. Staffed by ACSS employees and volunteers, everyone who works at Café 458 makes extra effort to ensure that the men and women we serve feel special and are treated with dignity as they continue to make strides towards recovery and self-sufficiency. Click here to read more about ACSS’s award-winning program.