• Community Job Connection Impacts Local Communities

    Flipper Temple Apartments

    The Community Job Connection visits many apartment communities throughout the Westside and Atlanta, offering job training and job opportunities to residents. Flipper Temple Apartments is one of those communities. Flipper Temple Apartments, located on Abner Terrace off of Hollywood Road, has residents that range from young adults to senior citizens. After talking to Integrity Case Manager Judy McDaniels and discovering what the Community Job Connection could do for the community, Community Manager Ronta Davis agreed to have the mobile units come by. The CJC has had a positive impact on Flipper Temple Apartments. “It’s given our community a little hope,” Davis said. “We have high school-aged men who are looking for something to get into positive, and just don’t know how to do it. When the Job Connection came through, it gave them the ability to start getting job training and put them in a situation where they have somewhere to go and something to do and something to focus on.” Davis said he enjoys having the Community Job Connection and its staff come to his community. “When they come, I’m excited. Our residents seem to be enjoying it and just happy for the ability to get some training and go forth in their life.”   Villages at Carver Another community the Community Job Connection frequents is the Villages at Carver in the South Atlanta. Villages at Carver is a larger mixed-income community, made up of families, college students, and senior citizens. At the Villages at Carver, if you are an abled-bodied person between the ages of 18 and 61, you must fulfill a work requirement of 20 hours of employment per week. Because of this requirement, the Community Job Connection benefits everyone in the community, according to Community Engagement Manager Alexei Stokes. Stokes said that she was looking for an organization to help with job training and job placement within Villages at Carver when Integrity Case Manager Judy McDaniel told her about the Community Job Connection. “I was looking for an organization that would do exactly what Integrity is doing, assisting our residents, being able to have face-to-face interaction with them, because sometimes our residents need a little bit more support, versus just being able to access [job resources] online,” Stokes said. Having accessibility to jobs during a pandemic is an enormous benefit, especially since many people lost their jobs. “It was encouraging to our residents and helped alleviate some of the fear of not being able to find a job during a pandemic,” Stokes said. “You all are on site and saying ‘We have all these resources,’ so I think for many of our residents it’s definitely a blessing.”

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  • New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Integrity Hosts Vaccine Event

    New Jerusalem and Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation, in partnership with Physicians Pharmacy,  is offering the Pfizer vaccine.  Please make  an  appointment  and  follow  the  directions  in  the  registration  link. Click here to make an appointment.

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  • Integrity Families Benefit from Toy Drive

    On December 20th, House of Shimmer, Shimmer Elite Extensions, Bambi & Scrappy of VH1, and Dazzle Me Parties organized and hosted a toy drive so that various families in the community could more fully enjoy the Christmas holiday. Five Integrity job seekers were among the Westside community participants who received toys and other gifts for their children.

    Janice and her three children were one of the Integrity families who benefitted from the toy drive. “It was most definitely a wonderful warm feeling to know that my kids were going to have a beautiful Christmas after all, because it was truly a struggle trying to get everything they wanted,” Janice said. “In the end, my babies woke up with the biggest smiles on their faces.” Bambi of VH1 typically hosts a large Christmas Drive, but because of COVID-19, they scaled the event back. The safest way to host the toy drive was to set it up like a store, which allowed parents to “shop” for gifts for their children. “It was a blessing to be able to provide Christmas gifts, especially during such a tough year,” Jen Booth, one of the event organizers, said. “Seeing the children’s faces light up and the gratitude of the parents is something that will stay with me for a lifetime.”

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  • Integrity Welcomes New Staff

    Bonita is the friendly face who greets you in the lobby (or will be once it is safe to open our doors again). She joined Integrity as a receptionist and a member of the intake team. Bonita is actually an alumna of Integrity’s job training programs after being referred to Integrity by AARP. She was so impressed by Integrity’s ability to train people and have them placed in jobs, that she wanted to stay with the organization. “Helping people to find jobs, especially those who may have had a criminal background, I was really impressed with that. And I just see it as a way of paying it forward.”

    Before working at Integrity, Bonita worked in a few different industries, including working as a substitute teacher and doing literacy tutoring with underperforming students for Atlanta Public Schools.

    Helping people, and in turn, the community, is what Bonita looks forward to most in working for Integrity. “When you touch one individual, you're touching that person's family, you're touching that neighborhood and it's like a domino effect. Us being in this pandemic, knowing that we're all in this together and knowing that I'm doing something to help someone is what I look forward to every day.” 

    Along with Bonita, Integrity is also welcoming Roderick, our new job developer. As job developer, Roderick matches clients with job opportunities based on their skills and past work experience. 

    Roderick comes to Integrity building on his past experience with the City of Atlanta’s Workforce Development Agency, an organization with a workforce development mission similar to that of Integrity. Roderick also has experience training people for the workforce through working with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters on Project Build. This project focused on training people in various skills such as fiber optics training, nursing, and forklift operation. “It was an incredible experience, working with her, because I never expected that to happen.”

    Roderick’s favorite thing about working at Integrity is getting people employed, especially during a time when job numbers are going down due to the pandemic. He looks forward to getting even more people placed once things return to normal after the COVID pandemic. “My favorite thing is to get people jobs, because that is so important in the community. Getting a person a job is really what gets me going.”

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  • Integrity To Host Free Self-Help Expungement Workshop

    Integrity will be hosting a free Expungement Workshop over Zoom with attorney Craig Bertschi. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 26th, at 10AM Eastern Time. Check out the flier below for more details, and click here to register for the workshop.

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