Jobs program offers paid, part-time employment and training in Contra Costa County

Jobs program offers paid, part-time employment and training in Contra Costa County

Jobs program offers paid, part-time employment and training in Contra Costa County
Mary Turner(left), a graduate of the WFD program at St. Vincent de Paul, hugs her mentor Gail Fitzgerald (right) outside of her newly purchased home in Stockton, California.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Jan. 12, 2021) — The Workforce Development Program at St. Vincent de Paul is a paid job training program. It aims at helping the unemployed re-enter the workforce and find stable employment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen millions suddenly find themselves out of work. In these hard times, it is more important than ever that job applicants understand workplace expectations. They must also have the soft skills to be a contributing employee.

The program teaches participants skills and techniques to find a job and be successful in the workplace. It offers training in resume development, interviewing, and organizational skills in a supportive & compassionate environment. After previous sessions in Pleasant Hill and Brentwood this month, the final orientation sessions will take place in Pittsburg.

The mandatory Pittsburg sessions happen on Monday, 01/17/22 & Friday, 01/21/22 from 2 PM – 5 PM. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. To attend the session, go to St. Vincent de Paul Family Resource Center located at 2210 Gladstone Dr., Pittsburg, CA.

Tearing down barriers

The Workforce Development Program aims to help tear down the barriers that stand in the way of employment for individuals who have struggled to obtain and maintain employment. Participants work with mentors and take weekly classes to develop workplace skills. A new class of participants is selected every three months.

Participants gain paid, part-time, (22.5 hours per week), work experience in a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store or SVdP’s trucking and transportation department. Additional training in retail operations including cash register operations, inventory display and optimization, and warehouse operations is also provided.

Mary Turner, a graduate from SVdP’s Workforce Development Program, was living in her car when she started first began the program. A senior citizen, Mary found herself having to return to work when her rent increased beyond the means of her fixed income. After entering the WFD program at St. Vincent de Paul, Mary found work as a medical support assistant. In October 2021, Mary purchased her first home in Stockton, California.

“It was hard, I was living on SSI and Disability, but my rent just kept increasing until I couldn’t afford it,” Mary said. “Now, I have a good job as an Advanced Medical Support Assistant, and I have my daughter and grand-babies stay in my home. If you want to be a home owner, it’s possible. It’s hard, it’s a struggle, but it’s worth it and it’s possible, and the people at St. Vincent de Paul showed me that.”

Safety Net

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County has provided safety-net services in the county for over 57 years, serving 100,000 people annually and distributing over $1M of direct financial assistance and over $1.5M of in-kind aid. Over 750 SVdP volunteers and a small staff lead operations in Contra Costa including the SVdP Family Resource Center in Pittsburg, 28 branches, and 3 Thrift Stores.

One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, St. Vincent de Paul is an international, nonprofit, Catholic lay organization of more than 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in 155 countries on five continents.

To register or for more information call 925-439-5060 or send email to Visit the Workforce Development program page here.