Last Friday, we were honored to host a job fair in Jersey City to help connect our community members to local employers within various sectors. It was a great turnout, and participants not only had the opportunity to explore openings within the local job market, but had a chance to speak with employers directly about their work and interview for open positions right on the spot! We wish to thank all of our participants , and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.
Our former board member and dear friend Henry Plotkin, who so ably served in the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, during the administrations of four governors, peacefully passed away last week and will be buried tomorrow. There are all too few people who possessed the decency, integrity, and wisdom of Henry, as well as, a fierce devotion and sense of advocacy for the least of these in our society. Henry believed passionately in the importance of workforce development and training as an instrument for employment and social mobility. We were honored and privileged to have Henry serve on our JCETP Board, where he made an invaluable contribution to our efforts.
One week after completing our orientation, our client, Candido, landed a job as a cook at the Light Rail Cafe in Jersey City. He had a tremendous amount of experience; he had worked as a head cook in federal prison for more than 20 years, where he also supervised 20 additional employees. Originally given a release date of 2035, Candido was among more than 200 individuals who were granted clemency by President Barack Obama in 2016. Video by Stefanie Campolo
We were pleased to have a surprise visit from Vernett today! She is a former client of Helena Muhammad and Jim McGreevey from the Integrity House unit of the Hudson County Correctional Center. Today, she is six years sober, enrolled in college to become a drug and alcohol counselor, and on track to graduate next spring. She stopped by Martin’s Place this morning to share her success story, and she expressed interest in helping to promote our program and to offer her services. We are proud of Vernett’s success and how she transformed her life by overcoming addiction, maintaining sobriety, and going back to school.