This summer was an eventful one for one of ACS’s first clients, Towards Employment. Based in Cleveland, Towards Employment is building career pathways for economically disadvantaged and formerly incarcerated citizens. They help people prepare for a job, get a job, keep a job and advance in a career. Since 1976, they have helped over 120,000 individuals achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment. This success has attracted the attention of federal and regional funders, the media, and the White House. This summer Towards Employment was awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, The Fund for Our Economic Future, and the United Way of Greater Cleveland for innovative career pathways initiatives in manufacturing, construction, healthcare and culinary arts. Towards Employment was also honored by the Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com as a “Top Workplace” in 2014. Additionally, Executive Director Jill Rizika was one of 15 Champions of Change honored by the White House on June 30th for her extraordinary work with developing employment opportunities for individuals formerly involved in the justice system. ACS is proud to have had Towards Employment as a client.
Keep up the great work!