Laura Alvarez and her husband, Alvino, thought that they had set the right course for their lives together raising a family. Laura was working full-time in the mortgage industry and her husband was thriving in his construction work-and then the economic crisis hit. Laura was able to string together a couple positions with the help of staffing agencies, but by 2010, she was laid off again and supporting her family on her unemployment.
"My experience was in the fields hit hardest by the crisis, and I couldn't find a job anywhere. With two very young kids at home and childcare so expensive, we decided it was best for me to stay home with them," Laura shares.
We will be celebrating 20 Years of Roaring Success at the Opportunity Junction Imagine Gala held on Saturday April 25th 2020 at the Diablo Country Club! Roaring 20's attire is encouraged but not required.
We are proud and grateful to announce the following new grants and funding partnerships:
Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative: The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative, a partnership of the East Bay Community Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Northern California Grantmakers, awarded a one-time grant to support Census 2020 outreach and education efforts in East Contra Costa County, focusing on residents who are low-income, lack access to technology, lack the skills to complete on-line Census 2020 forms, and/or have limited English proficiency.
Opportunity Junction is now helping low-income households sign up for low-cost home internet, starting as low as $10 per month. Eligible households who sign up for home internet will receive a $5 gift card to Target, Starbucks, or Walmart.
Our Administrative Career Training class members finished their training program and have been promoted to start their internship in the office! Our fifteen graduates celebrated their graduation on September 20th at the El Campanil Theatre, where they shared their individual stories. They were joined by Special Guest Speaker Holland White of the Pittsburg City Council (and of the office of Supervisor Federal Glover).
We are currently recruiting for our next class which starts on September 30th 2019. To learn more about our Administrative Career Training program, visit our website at: https://opportunityjunction.org/need-a-job/jtpp or call 925.776.1133.