Careers for a Cause

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Your Life Experience Can Help Others

You may have been in difficult situations over the course of your life, such as experiencing homelessness, incarceration, mental health challenges, and substance use. And, it may have made it difficult to find work.

Yet, social service agencies have found people with these lived life-experiences have valuable attributes for working with clients who are currently experiencing homelessness. Because of this, LASC offers Careers for a Cause, an innovative and enterprising pre-employment training program for those who have had these lived life-experiences and are looking for entry-level positions in the homeless services sector.

By offering an 8-week cohort program that builds soft skills and has supportive case management while you're in the program, Careers for a Cause can prepare you to work in this field. T This program will teach you fundamental information about the nature of the work you will be doing. It will take you through a detailed orientation of the homeless services network, called the Coordinated Entry System.

You will also learn about the principles that agencies follow when working with clients using the "housing-first, trauma-informed care, harm reduction, client-centered" approach. All of this will benefit you by giving you critical knowledge your future employer will not need to train you on, saving them time and money and giving you a leg up on the competition. This program has already played a critical role in increasing social service workers to those experiencing homelessness. It is also an extremely in-demand career that is as rewarding as it is difficult. Your life experiences can help change the lives of so many here in L.A. and beyond.