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.”