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Reno Works program helps 9 more people transition out of homelessness

Post Date:10/22/2019 1:46 PM

The City of Reno and Volunteers of America (VOA) Northern California and Northern Nevada held a graduation ceremony and celebration for nine members of the current class of the Reno Works program today, October 22, 2019 at Reno City Hall. The latest Reno Works session began on July 29, 2019.

At the graduation, several program donors and supporters were recognized. Waste Management helped support the current Reno Works class with a generous $25,000 donation. Waste Management also conducted mock interviews for the past two classes and provided tours of their facility.

Since 2015, Reno Works has received several financial donations totaling more than $200,000.

Reno Works Partnerships

The program would not be successful without the support of the community. This round of Reno Works included integrated behavioral health classes provided by Community Health Alliance to provide additional support for issues related to addiction and mental health, often a contributing factor as to why many become homeless. This latest Reno Works session also focused on financial empowerment classes, sponsored by The Vertical Dimension.

The City of Reno and Volunteers of America would like to thank the following companies for their continued partnership with Reno Works to offer time, services and mentorship opportunities:

  • Caliber Hair & Makeup Studio - provided haircuts and styling
  • Dress for Success Reno - provided clothing for job interviews
  • Job Connect - provided orientation, connected the work crew to individualized services and provided a work space for online job search with staffing
  • JOIN - provided orientation to extend career opportunity to the work crew and provided computer training classes to assist with employment search
  • Nevada Safety Training - provided 12 OSHA construction safety classes and 12 American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid training sessions
  • Olive Garden - provided catering at the graduation ceremony
  • Origins Salon - provided hair-styling techniques

About Reno Works

The 12-week Reno Works program provides a group of Community Assistance Center (CAC) homeless shelter residents with classes focused on life and job skills as well as providing temporary employment through community improvement projects including working in area parks, improving public facilities and cleaning along the river corridor.

“Including this class, we’ve had 82 people graduate from the program so far,” said Reno City Councilmember Neoma Jardon, who helped establish Reno Works with VOA Regional Director Pat Cashell, in 2015. “Many homeless in our community just need the opportunity and the tools to improve their lives. Reno Works provides them those skills and that chance.”

The sessions also incorporate safety training, interview skills, long-term employment preparedness, wrap-around case management, mentoring and a Getting Ahead curriculum.

“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,” Cashell said.

This life-changing program is made possible through the support of generous donations from our local community. For more information about Reno Works, and to donate to the program, visit Reno.gov/RenoWorks or VOA-NCNN.org/Reno-Works.

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