Andrea is a remarkable single mother of one who made the courageous decision to leave an unhealthy relationship. On her mission to start over again, Andrea enrolled in the highly structured employment program at Martha’s in June 2021, a program that required her strong commitment and continuous follow-up. During her weekly meetings with Employment Specialists, she was provided with employment-centered services such as résumé building, cover letter development, and daily job searching.
Andrea began receiving invitations for interviews and attended those interviews until she found the right fit with the Marriot Fairfield, where she was offered employment. Now, Andrea is experiencing the positive effects that securing employment can bring, such as buying a vehicle and acquiring housing for herself and her child.
Andrea was enrolled in the AB1111 program, known as The Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative, which is funded by the California Workforce Development Board. It is intended to supplement existing workforce and education programs such as those offered by the Employment Services Team at Martha’s. We provide services to ensure the success of individuals either preparing to enter or already enrolled in workforce and education programs. The individuals completing these programs leave with the skills and competencies necessary to successfully enter the labor market, retain employment, and earn wages that lead to self-sufficiency, and eventually, economic security. These services are delivered through a collaborative partnership between Martha’s Village & Kitchen and the AB1111 program. With the participation of our clients in our AB1111 employment program, we continue to aid individuals with employment-centered services, just like Andrea.