Economic Solutions Center highlights community members at “Success Celebrations”

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June 6th - May and June are commonly known as graduation months. Graduates are reminded to celebrate the commitment and achievements, while reflecting on the journey that brought them to their shining moment. This same spirit has been embodied in “Success Celebrations” held by the Economic Solutions Centers on May 21st through the 23rd.

The Economic Solutions Center/Jobs Plus operates three locations that serve many people in Central Brooklyn. The Main site, is located at 1368 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The East branch, located in East New York, serves residents of Penn-Wortman Houses New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing developments. Economic Solutions Center North, serves Northern Bedford-Stuyvesant at 630 Flushing Avenue providing workforce resources and placements for the residents of Marcy, Lafayette and Armstrong NYCHA sites.  

Organized by the Economic Solutions Center staff, the Main location kicked off the events by highlighting unique stories that led to the participants success. Michelle Cadore, Assistant Director of Jobs Plus and Kizzie Brown, Program Director of Jobs Plus kick off to each event by offering encouraging words, Dream & Do goal planning books, and engaging conversation. A few stories highlighted the unique journey that led each person to their success.

Hawaou S, is one member of the Economic Solutions East, who was able to rebuild her life after moving to Brooklyn from Guinea with her four siblings. With the help of Jobs Plus, she was able to obtain legal documents, earn her high school equivalency, and gain employment as a security guard. “That was a very hard time for me. You would see me smiling when I’m here, but inside I was all tears. I felt like crying all the time. But when I started coming here, things gradually became better. I would tell the folks here about my life, and they would try to comfort me. The staff were like mothers to me”

Shyanne S, a member of Economic Solutions Center North learned about Jobs Plus through her father who is also a member. After leaving high school before graduating, she found work in a laundromat to support herself, “My life felt like it was moving backwards.” After meeting with the staff at Jobs Plus, Shyanne enrolled in Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), which allowed her to earn her G.E.D. then be placed in a paid internship at OBT. She plans to enroll in college soon to study criminal justice.   

Despite the challenges each person faced on their path to success, they knew they could rely on the support systems they found at their local Economic Solutions Center. Dream & Do, Restoration’s latest motto Dream & Do, was more than the theme of the celebration night, but a slogan for making positive change in one’s life. The next series of Success Celebration events begins on June 18th, 19th, and 20th.