Grand Opening of Our Client Candido’s New Restaurant in Jersey City

Today was a memorable day for our client, Candido! We held the grand opening of his new restaurant, El Sabor Del Café, in Jersey City. Candido was honored to receive a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama, who granted him clemency from an exceptionally harsh 49.5-year sentence. The restaurant features Spanish, American, and international cuisine and offers a la carte, catering, and delivery options. Congratulations, Candido!

Thank you to all who showed their support at today’s event: Senator Sandra Cunningham; Rolando Lavarro, Jr., Council President, Jersey City; Reverend Steffie Bartley, New Hope Memorial Baptist ChurchThe National Action Network; Roger Jones, JCETP Chairman; Reverend Idida Rodriguez, IGNITE Ministries; Pastor Joshua Rodriguez, The Cityline Church; Reverend Bolivar Flores and members of Ministerio El Sol Sale Para Todos Internacional, and Candido’s former coworkers from Jersey City’s Light Rail Café. Photos by Stefanie Campolo. Please find more photos in NJRC’s Facebook album.

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Lamont on Working as a Manager in Shipping and Receiving


Our client, Lamont, stopped by to share the great news that he recently found employment as a manager in the shipping and receiving department at a warehouse. He participated in our NJ BUILD program, where he received training on how to use the machinery required for his job. Some of the machines include a cherrypicker, ride-on power jack, sit-down forklift, reach lift, and scissor lift.

“I love my job,” he said. “The program helped me with my resume, which got me in the door.” Through NJ BUILD, he became OSHA certified and was able to add this to his resume, making him a competitive candidate. “NJ BUILD also taught me to cooperate as a team and go forth from there,” he said. Thank you to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Project Impact for their partnership and support.