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Friday, August 10, 2018 • General

The celebration of Westside Works' fourth anniversary took place on July 20th. The anniversary coincided with the ribbon
cutting ceremony for the new Westside Works Building B. Community members, staff, and partner organizations joined together
to make the day a success. Jeff Harris of the YMCA was the emcee for the ceremony and introduced Integrity CEO Reverend
Beckham to start off the celebration. Reverend Beckham gave some opening remarks regarding the success and partnership of
Integrity and Westside Works saying, "We went from a little small area in the kitchen of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and
here we are today on what I would call a campus." He then acknowledged each of the partner organizations and their
contributions. There were several other speakers in addition to Reverend Beckham, including Atlanta City Councilmember
Ivory Lee Young Jr., Frank Fernandez from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Vine City resident Linda Adams, and
English Avenue resident Rosario Hernandez. Each speaker highlighted the importance of Westside Works and the impact it
continues to have on the community. Immediately following the speeches was the ribbon cutting ceremony for Westside Works
Building B. The new building will house Integrity Transformations' staff, program orientation sessions, case management and registration services. 

Westside Works is a consortium of training partners that help equip Westside residents with hard and soft skills in order
to become gainfully employed and begin a fruitful career. Four years ago the Arthur Blank Family Foundation built upon the
19 year recruitment and job placement success of Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation and created
Westside Works, a long-term neighborhood program focused on creating employment opportunities and job training for
residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous
neighborhoods. The goals of the organization are to create building blocks for job success, to remain resident focused, and
provide additional opportunities. The Arthur Blank Family Foundation is the primary sponsor of Westside Works. 

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation is the managing partner of Westside Works and provides client
recruitment, case management and intake services, and training program referrals. The Construction Education Foundation of
Georgia (CEFGA) sponsors a construction ready program; approximately 160 of CEFGA program graduates helped to build the
Mercedes Benz stadium. The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) provides a Certified Nursing Assistant program and
STRIVE job readiness for local residents, Per Scholas sponsors an information technology program, the YMCA of Metro
Atlanta's program trains and hires residents to become child development associates, and Levy Restaurants sponsors a
culinary program. 

The challenges of many residents who live in 30314 and 30318 include the lack of living-wage employment opportunities, lack
of opportunities and services for returning citizens (ex-offenders), low education levels, lack of affordable home
ownership, and lack of skilled workers. Westside Works addresses these issues by offering training and employment
opportunities that are responsive to needs of the community. In addition, we provide a batter of assessments to assist us
with determining needs and direct placement, offer remediation classes via a literacy program, case management support and
wraparound services, programs that are ex-offender friendly, an employment pipeline to high demand industries, and offer
home ownership readiness services via partnership. 

In conjunction with Westside Works, Integrity has registered over 7,000 residents and trained over 850 residents for a
total of $17 million in wages earned. The 4th anniversary showcased one such resident, Thomas Ford, who went through the NET/BRIDGE program. After completing the soft skills program he decided to enroll in the culinary program through Levy
Restuarants. Upon completing the program he became kitchen manager of the new Chick-fil-A on Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard. But that's not all Thomas has accomplished. He now has his own catering business and provided food for those who
attended the celebration. Residents like Thomas prove that Integrity is committed to our vision of transforming the
Westside one resident at a time. 


 

 

 


 

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018 • General

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018 • General

Register now to attend the upcoming session of Integrity's Westside Employment Initiative!

Please plan to register before attending by calling Darnesha Williams at (404) 853-1780 or registering online here

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Thursday, June 07, 2018 • General

With the coming of spring, Integrity has added four new initiatives to serve Westside homeowners and renters...

 

Care and Conserve is a City of Atlanta program for low-income water customers that offers repairs and replaces high flow fixtures that may lead to high water bills, at no cost to the customer. In November 2017, Integrity CDC was selected as one of the three Program Managers who will lead the overall implementation of the program and be responsible for required all intake and reporting efforts. Integrity will be working with two other key program partners to implement the three main elements of this program: water conservation education, job training and plumbing repairs. The water conservation training is planned as the entry point into the program services. Individuals can either call the office seeking services and be referred to water conservation workshop series or learn about the program from a program flyer and just come to the first workshop.  A series of three one hour-workshops will center on the topics: Water Cosnervation101, Water Audit for Lifestyle change and Water Wise. 

As part of our partnership with the plumbing repair contractor, participants in Integrity's Westside Net and Bridge programs will be eligible to receive plumber's repair helper training. After completing the training, plumber's helpers will complete water conservation audits and fixture installations required by the program. Plumbing system repairs will be made by the plumbing contractor.

Integrity will be hiring a dedicated project manager and case manager for this program. Care and Conserve Program activities should begin in the spring of 2018.

Door-to-Door Resident Outreach

Treena Washington and Charlie Brown recently joined Integrity Transformations as door-to-door Outreach Specialists who will work to build relationships, share information and collect data in Westside neighborhoods. Data collected from homeowners will assist with pre-qualification of applicants for the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, sponsored by the Westside Future Fund and Brush with Kindness, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, programs. Specialists will provide brochures and flyers about life enhancement services available in the community as the topics surface or as needed.

GED Program

In conjunction with the Atlanta Public Schools and Worksource Georgia, Integrity instituted a free GED program in March. The program is open to all Westside residents that need this service and can help them improve their basic reading and math skills and elevate their TABE scores. The training consists of both traditional and online instruction. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at our 692 building. See our new GED Program page for more information.

Are You Interested in Buying a House?

Westside Homeownership Readiness Initiative – Integrity will prepare residents of 30314 and 30318, along with Westside Works graduates, for affordable homeownership through education and access to additional housing units. The homeowner education program will begin later this spring. You can register by filling out an application here, or call the office!

In future, Integrity plans to operate as a community housing development agency acquiring affordable housing units for purchase and rental by the workforce we develop. As this additional housing becomes available, Integrity will use its database of workforce development clients as a pool of potential renters and homeowners. We will serve as a pipeline that conveys residents from housing rental to housing ownership as they move from unemployment to full, long-term employment.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 • Integrity Highlights

A critical part of the Mayor's agenda has been revitalizing Atlanta's Westside. A recent CBS Channel 46 story chronicles Integrity's role in this revitalization.

 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 • Integrity Highlights

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation recently received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support workforce development through Westside Works' programmatic efforts.

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation recently received $10,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support workforce development through Westside Works' programmatic efforts. The funds will assist Westside Works toward providing four levels of service to residents in the 30314 and 30318 zip codes:

  • Assessing and addressing participants' barriers to employment
  • Providing industry-driven training and industry-recognized credentials in high-demand sectors
  • Opening doors to long-term employment and living wage careers with Atlanta's top employers through strategic partnerships
  • On-going follow-up and support after job placement through case management services

Westside Works is a community-based workforce readiness program that creates employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous neighborhood. Westside Works training programs focus on Automotive Maintenance and Repair, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Information Technology, Childcare and Office Operations.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016 • Integrity Highlights

On October 10th, Arthur Blank of the Blank Foundation handed over keys for the new Westside Works building to Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation, managing partner of the Westside Works job training facility. The workforce development partnership has placed more than 350 Westside residents in living-wage jobs since it opened 2.5 years ago.

Three of the five training partners will occupy the new building which is located at 261 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., on the corner of Lowery Blvd and Rock St. The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) trains residents on construction ready principles, and New Hope Enterprises provides Certified Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Office Operations and soft skills programs.

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation anchors Westside Works as the managing partner, leading the organization by enhancing client relations, managing all aspects of building operations, reporting performance metrics and  acting as fiscal agent for the program  Integrity will also continue to recruit and orient  westside residents who desire job training into the program.

Rev. Beckham, CEO of Integrity Transformations, stated, "There is no greater time than right now for the efforts of the City of Atlanta, the Blank Foundation and Invest Atlanta to come to fruition with opening of our new facility. We hope that its presence will signal to residents that community empowerment can and will happen via workforce development."

The new facility is now open for business. Rev. Beckham welcomes all area residents who are interested in improving their lives to stop by the new facility.  The staff is available to assist you in filling out your application from 9 to 4, Monday through Friday.

For further information, please call Westside Works at 404-458-6413.

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