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Go Local for Jobs

Find work and other community assistance on the Northside

9/12/2018 1:00:00 PM

If you’re looking for a job or other supportive assistance, go local.

Don’t miss the Northside Community Job and Resource Fair on Tues., Sept. 18. The job and resource fair will be held at the Minneapolis North WorkForce Center from 3-7 p.m.

Dozens of employers, both private and public sector, and community organizations will be present. Dress your best and bring copies of your resume.

The top five industries of work for residents of North Minneapolis include Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Retail Trade, Accommodation and Food Services, and Administrative and Support Services, according to DEED’s Labor Market Information Office.

The Minneapolis North WorkForce Center, City of Minneapolis, and Hennepin County are sponsors.

The Workforce Center is part of the 800 West Broadway development, which also includes Minneapolis Public Schools, and NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center.

Jane Doe – New Home, New Life

800 West Broadway celebrated its first anniversary in June. Many people, such as Ivan and Fred, have come through the doors of the collaborative center in search of employment and other support.

Here’s Jane Doe’s story.

If you don’t have a decent place to live, your quality of life, relationships, work, and education all take a back seat.

When Lisa Williams-Rolle, community liaison with the Minneapolis Public Schools, first met Jane Doe – not her real name – Jane was living in a vacant house in North Minneapolis that also housed three homeless men. A makeshift front door separated her and her five children from them. As daylight seeped through, Jane could see needles and drug paraphernalia on the floor.

What Jane wanted was a roof over her head. Lisa, an experienced paralegal, found the landlord, and he went to work cleaning and securing the home.

It didn’t end there. Lisa knows a thing or two about coordinating needed services. She contacted Ashley HomeStore, and a company vice president arranged for the family to receive five pillow top beds, pillows and linen through their Hope to Dream initiative.

She persisted. Leveraging her relationship with the WorkForce Center, Lisa helped Jane find a full-time position as an executive assistant in a Minneapolis business in the Skyway. Her children, ages ranging from 2 to 10, attend a Minneapolis public school and receive after-school care, as needed.

Jane’s life was transforming as it became more stable. She became a homeowner: Her landlord sold her the home for under $1,000.

Jane’s story typifies the strong commitment the 800 West Broadway anchor team has to the North Minneapolis community.

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