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Reno Works program helps nine more people transition out of homelessness

The sixth Reno Works class will graduate on June 1

Post Date:05/31/2017 10:53 AM
The City of Reno and Volunteers of America (VOA) of Northern Nevada invite the public to a graduation ceremony for the sixth class of the Reno Works program on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Reno City Hall. With nine graduates, it is the program’s largest graduating class to date.

“The Reno Works program has helped people in our community transition out of homelessness by empowering them to take control of their lives and feel the pride of standing on their own two feet,” said Pat Cashell, Regional Director of Volunteers of America.

The Reno Works joint-workforce development program identifies and recruits individuals living in the VOA shelters to provide life skills and education, full-time employment assistance and intensive case management support during 10-week sessions. Three days a week, Reno Works participants give back to their community by doing jobs such as painting City-owned buildings, cleaning up parks and picking up trash along the river corridor.

Local philanthropists Geoffrey and Patricia Brooks donated $25,000 to fund the entire Reno Works sixth graduating class.

“We’re continuing to get donations from people and businesses to support the Reno Works program and that tells me that it’s working, and that people want to be a part of it,” said Reno Vice Mayor and Ward 5 City Councilmember Neoma Jardon, who was instrumental in the conception of the Reno Works program. “This program isn’t just changing lives, it’s also making Reno a stronger community.”

Program participants who graduate on Thursday will also receive certification of program completion and a letter of recommendation. Organizers help participants secure employment and permanent housing.

For more information about Reno Works, and to donate to the program, visit Reno.gov/RenoWorks.
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