Washington, D.C. – America Works of Washington, D.C. (AWDC) announced its open house to welcome elected officials, private sector employers, and the community-at-large at their facility located at 1720 I St. NW, near the White House.
The open house will be held on April 17, 2013, 4:00pm, and will allow community partners and the general public to see how AWDC is getting underserved and underemployed people back into the workforce, using the rapid attachment to work model. AWDC serves referrals from the District of Columbia Department of Human Services, homeless Veterans, those in substance abuse recovery, and those receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Since its inception in 2010, America Works of Washington, D.C. has placed over 500 District residents into employment.
Founded in 1984, America Works (AW) provides intensive and personalized employment services for hard-to-place populations including Veterans, the homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals, welfare and food stamp recipients, and those receiving Social Security Disability benefits. AW currently has a network of 12 offices nationwide. Since 1984, America Works and its network of companies have put more than 300,000 people back to work.
“America Works believes that placing our brave men and women who served our country is a priority,” said Dr. Lee Bowes, Chief Executive Officer of America Works. “We are thrilled to partner with the United States Department of Labor as well as partners like the Department of Human Services to get people back to work. This office is able to service District residents right in their own backyard.”
“How we treat our Veterans when they come home is just as important as how we get them ready for combat,” said Peter Cove, Founder of America Works. “With this downtown office, we are in a location that allows us to continue building upon relationships with employers and clients to put District residents back to work.”
The opening has a planned attendance of over 200 individuals from government entities, community support organizations, private sector employers, and current participants. Dr. Bowes and Mr. Cove will recognize the achievements of participants who have overcome a myriad of barriers and met the goals of the program and are moving into self-sufficiency and independence from government programs. Dr. Bowes and Mr. Cove will also recognize private sector employers who have partnered with America Works of Washington, D.C. in filling their staffing needs.