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Thursday, February 14, 2019 • General

"By spreading the word to the communities about the free programs that are available to Atlanta residents...."

Businessman Andrew Carnegie once said, "You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb." Integrity's work in the Westside involves finding those people who are willing to climb and providing them with the resources to aid them on their journey. This mission begins with recruitment. Most of our clients hear about our services via word of mouth, making hands on recruitment our best tool to attract new clients. Director of Intake Services and Recruitment Rosemerry Redd is the mastermind behind our recruitment strategies and says, "By spreading the word to the communities about the free programs that are available to Atlanta residents, we are able to provide life enhancing services and programs to help the residents become self-sufficient, thereby improving the communities that we serve."

Rosemerry has worked hard to make connections on the Westside with various community organizations. She also has facilitated community partnerships encouraging Westside organizations and government entities to share Integrity's mission with their constituents. In addition to making these types of connections, the recruitment team attends community events to help spread the word about Integrity's programs and services.

Intake Specialist and Career Advisor Judy McDaniel usually attends these events and says, "We set up a table with flyers to advertise what we offer. When the clients approach our table we explain our programs and services and register them on site."

In addition to attending events, Judy and other members of the recruitment team occasionally take to the streets and hand out flyers. Rosemerry has broken down the Westside into specific quadrants and created a strategic plan to hand out flyers repeatedly to the entire Westside. "It's important for case mangers like Judy to make the one-to-one connections with our participants to build respect and trust. By having that connection, the case managers are able to build strong relationships that allow us to successfully identify barriers and provide wrap-around services to meet the needs of the participants, to set realistic and attainable goals, and provide the necessary tools to empower participants to succeed," Rosemerry said.

Integrity is now expanding its reach to assist people throughout all of Metro Atlanta which means making changes to its recruitment strategies. Rosemerry has been hard at work creating a more inclusive and far reaching plan to boost recruitment numbers. Even with this expansion, the end goal remains the same: helping to prepare individuals to enter the workforce with the tools they need to be successful.

Judy loves her job and being able to see the impact she has on the lives of the people she recruits and helps through the program. She says, "We train a lot of families; we don't just train individuals, we train generations. If you can touch generations then you are making a big difference in the community." Integrity hopes to continue to make a difference in the community both on the Westside and throughtou the entire city of Atlanta. 

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Friday, February 08, 2019 • General

One of the most important services that we offer at Integrity is our Resume Writing Class.

One of the most important services that we offer at Integrity is our Resume Writing Class. This class is designed to help current and potential clients learn how to craft a resume. The class is held each Tuesday from 9 AM – 12 PM. Intake Specialist and Career Advisor Judy McDaniel supervises the class. Her job is to ensure that clients use a resume template and input all of the relevant information in the correct format, which can be more challenging than it sounds. "You get a variety of people whose computer knowledge level differs. Beginners are nervous or scared so they need more help," Judy explains. Those who attend the class use Integrity's laptops to either create a resume from scratch or to update their resume. "A lot of our clients don't have resumes," Judy says, which makes the class an integral part of Integrity. Those who utilize the opportunity walk away with a resume that is properly formatted and that showcases their skills and experience in the best possible way. "It gives them a sense of pride to have it completed," Judy says. The Resume Writing Class is just another way that Integrity helps our clients to prepare for a job. 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 • General

Integrity is now managing three buildings on the Westside!

Integrity is now managing three buildings on the Westside! CEO of Integrity, Reverend Beckham, refers to the buildings as "a campus for workforce development." Each building contributes to the mission of Integrity, "To assist those on the Westside as well as Metro Atlanta to receive training and find employment." Check out what happens at each of the three buildings:

 

Integrity CDC at English Avenue - 692 Lindsay St: This building houses Door to Door Iniative and other Integrity staff. In addition to providing office space, 692 hosts a variety of events and classes, including our NET classes which take place each month. Our NET class helps to prepare clients for employment by providing soft skills training. We also hold a job fair every other month at this facility, to help the community connect with potential employers. The building also houses our community computer lab which allows community members to utilize computers to write resumes or job search. 

 

 

Westside Works Training Center - 261 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd: The 261 building is now home to two training partners: CEFGA and Per Scholas. CEFGA provides training in construction and hosts their classes in this building. Per Scholas moved into the building in January and their first IT class will begin in February. Orientation and Resume Writing classes are held on the first floor once a week. 

 

 

Westside Works Administrative & Intake Offices - 283 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd: Our intake specialists and career advisors meet with clients to discuss their futures and advise them on career paths at this location. The building also provides valuable meeting space for staff members, partner organizations and corporate partners. The majority of Integrity's staff are housed here, along with case management/intake services staff. 

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Monday, November 26, 2018 • General

Integrity has many people who are vital to its success as a nonprofit. One group, however, assists clients in a more personal way. The Intake and Case Management Specialists have the unique opportunity of being with clients throughout the whole process of their time with Integrity.

Integrity has many people who are vital to its success as a nonprofit. One group, however, assists clients in a more personal way. The Intake and Case Management Specialists have the unique opportunity of being with clients throughout the whole process of their time with Integrity. 

The client begins their journey by registering via Integrity or Westside Works' website. Once they have registered, Recruitment Specialist Arlene Bowles contacts them and informs them about orientation. Attending Orientation is mandatory for all clients and is an important part of the process. At the beginning of Orientation day the clients are required to take the Westside Connection which provides demographics and personal information. They also are required to take a Career Assessment Test to determine which career path is most suitable for them. 

During Orientation, which is administered by Director of Intake Services Rosemerry Redd, the clients learn about all of the beneficial programs and services that Integrity and Westside Works offers. Each item is explained thoroughly, ensuring the clients know about programs that are offered. The the clients are given the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) which is administered by Intake Specialist and Career Advisor, Teshauna Hambrick. The TABE is used to assess their abilities and to aid in recommending a program that would suit the clients' needs. When orientation is complete, the clients are assigned to a specific case manager and appointments are booked for each individual. 

Once the clients leave Orientation, the TABE tests are graded and the results are entered into Salesforce. This allows for each client to have a complete profile on file to help ensure their success and reduce attrition rates. The day after Orientation, the individual meetings begin with either Teshauna or fellow Intake Specialist and Career Advisor Judy McDaniel. This meeting is an essential step for the client. The Intake Specialist works with them to determine the correct career path which involves discussing what needs to be done to move forward with their training. "The goal is to help them find a career and not just to get certified. The younger clients especially don't have any idea what they want to do so we have to help them," Teshauna says. It is during this meeting that the client, along with input from the Intake Specialist, decides on what training program they want to enroll in. 

The clients then move on to their respective training programs to pursue the skill set that will help them get a job. The case manager's job is still not finished at this point. They are responsible for following up with clients while they are in the program. "We are really part of the main support system for our clients. Some of them don't have family or friends to guide them through so it's up to us," Judy says. Upon successful completion of the program, the client attends graduation. Most of Integrity's staff tries to attend these ceremonies. "It's exciting to see because a lot of them have never graduated from anything before so it's a big accomplishment for them. It makes you feel good to be a part of it," Teshauna says. Once the client graduates, the case managers do another follow up call to see how they are doing. After graduation, the focus shifts to helping the client to find a job utilizing their newly learned skills as well as providing additional support that they may need. 

The case managers and intake specialists accompany clients on their journey from orientation to graduation and beyond. "The best part of this job is when I can see the change that is made in the client's life. A lot of times they come in broken and I can see the progress they've made as they reach their goals. That makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing," Judy says smiling. Integrity and its case managers are committed to helping the Westside one client at a time. 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 • General

On September 8, 2018 our CEO Reverend Howard Beckham was honored by 10 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. The 100 Honors Gala highlighted the work of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. and the success of the students they support. In addition to celebrating their own work, the organization presented awards to distinguished members of the Atlanta community for their contributions to bettering Atlanta. Reverend Beckham was honored with the Nathaniel R. Goldston, III Trailblazer Award for his work on the Westside with his nonprofit, Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation. The nonprofit, which was founded in 1995, seeks to help residents of the Westside to gain employment by providing training and job opportunities. 

100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is one of the strongest African American volunteer organizations in Atlanta. The organization focuses on education, enrichment, and empowerment through mentorship and community service. Their particular focus is on youth development with their program Project Success. The 100 Honors Gala was in part a fundraiser for Project Success to help them continue their important work in the community. 

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Friday, August 10, 2018 • General

The celebration of Westside Works' fourth anniversary took place on July 20th. The anniversary coincided with the ribbon
cutting ceremony for the new Westside Works Building B. Community members, staff, and partner organizations joined together
to make the day a success. Jeff Harris of the YMCA was the emcee for the ceremony and introduced Integrity CEO Reverend
Beckham to start off the celebration. Reverend Beckham gave some opening remarks regarding the success and partnership of
Integrity and Westside Works saying, "We went from a little small area in the kitchen of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and
here we are today on what I would call a campus." He then acknowledged each of the partner organizations and their
contributions. There were several other speakers in addition to Reverend Beckham, including Atlanta City Councilmember
Ivory Lee Young Jr., Frank Fernandez from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Vine City resident Linda Adams, and
English Avenue resident Rosario Hernandez. Each speaker highlighted the importance of Westside Works and the impact it
continues to have on the community. Immediately following the speeches was the ribbon cutting ceremony for Westside Works
Building B. The new building will house Integrity Transformations' staff, program orientation sessions, case management and registration services. 

Westside Works is a consortium of training partners that help equip Westside residents with hard and soft skills in order
to become gainfully employed and begin a fruitful career. Four years ago the Arthur Blank Family Foundation built upon the
19 year recruitment and job placement success of Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation and created
Westside Works, a long-term neighborhood program focused on creating employment opportunities and job training for
residents of the Westside community, including Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill and other contiguous
neighborhoods. The goals of the organization are to create building blocks for job success, to remain resident focused, and
provide additional opportunities. The Arthur Blank Family Foundation is the primary sponsor of Westside Works. 

Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation is the managing partner of Westside Works and provides client
recruitment, case management and intake services, and training program referrals. The Construction Education Foundation of
Georgia (CEFGA) sponsors a construction ready program; approximately 160 of CEFGA program graduates helped to build the
Mercedes Benz stadium. The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) provides a Certified Nursing Assistant program and
STRIVE job readiness for local residents, Per Scholas sponsors an information technology program, the YMCA of Metro
Atlanta's program trains and hires residents to become child development associates, and Levy Restaurants sponsors a
culinary program. 

The challenges of many residents who live in 30314 and 30318 include the lack of living-wage employment opportunities, lack
of opportunities and services for returning citizens (ex-offenders), low education levels, lack of affordable home
ownership, and lack of skilled workers. Westside Works addresses these issues by offering training and employment
opportunities that are responsive to needs of the community. In addition, we provide a batter of assessments to assist us
with determining needs and direct placement, offer remediation classes via a literacy program, case management support and
wraparound services, programs that are ex-offender friendly, an employment pipeline to high demand industries, and offer
home ownership readiness services via partnership. 

In conjunction with Westside Works, Integrity has registered over 7,000 residents and trained over 850 residents for a
total of $17 million in wages earned. The 4th anniversary showcased one such resident, Thomas Ford, who went through the NET/BRIDGE program. After completing the soft skills program he decided to enroll in the culinary program through Levy
Restuarants. Upon completing the program he became kitchen manager of the new Chick-fil-A on Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard. But that's not all Thomas has accomplished. He now has his own catering business and provided food for those who
attended the celebration. Residents like Thomas prove that Integrity is committed to our vision of transforming the
Westside one resident at a time. 


 

 

 


 

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018 • General

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018 • General

Register now to attend the upcoming session of Integrity's Westside Employment Initiative!

Please plan to register before attending by calling Darnesha Williams at (404) 853-1780 or registering online here

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Thursday, June 07, 2018 • General

With the coming of spring, Integrity has added four new initiatives to serve Westside homeowners and renters...

 

Care and Conserve is a City of Atlanta program for low-income water customers that offers repairs and replaces high flow fixtures that may lead to high water bills, at no cost to the customer. In November 2017, Integrity CDC was selected as one of the three Program Managers who will lead the overall implementation of the program and be responsible for required all intake and reporting efforts. Integrity will be working with two other key program partners to implement the three main elements of this program: water conservation education, job training and plumbing repairs. The water conservation training is planned as the entry point into the program services. Individuals can either call the office seeking services and be referred to water conservation workshop series or learn about the program from a program flyer and just come to the first workshop.  A series of three one hour-workshops will center on the topics: Water Cosnervation101, Water Audit for Lifestyle change and Water Wise. 

As part of our partnership with the plumbing repair contractor, participants in Integrity's Westside Net and Bridge programs will be eligible to receive plumber's repair helper training. After completing the training, plumber's helpers will complete water conservation audits and fixture installations required by the program. Plumbing system repairs will be made by the plumbing contractor.

Integrity will be hiring a dedicated project manager and case manager for this program. Care and Conserve Program activities should begin in the spring of 2018.

Door-to-Door Resident Outreach

Treena Washington and Charlie Brown recently joined Integrity Transformations as door-to-door Outreach Specialists who will work to build relationships, share information and collect data in Westside neighborhoods. Data collected from homeowners will assist with pre-qualification of applicants for the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, sponsored by the Westside Future Fund and Brush with Kindness, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, programs. Specialists will provide brochures and flyers about life enhancement services available in the community as the topics surface or as needed.

GED Program

In conjunction with the Atlanta Public Schools and Worksource Georgia, Integrity instituted a free GED program in March. The program is open to all Westside residents that need this service and can help them improve their basic reading and math skills and elevate their TABE scores. The training consists of both traditional and online instruction. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at our 692 building. See our new GED Program page for more information.

Are You Interested in Buying a House?

Westside Homeownership Readiness Initiative – Integrity will prepare residents of 30314 and 30318, along with Westside Works graduates, for affordable homeownership through education and access to additional housing units. The homeowner education program will begin later this spring. You can register by filling out an application here, or call the office!

In future, Integrity plans to operate as a community housing development agency acquiring affordable housing units for purchase and rental by the workforce we develop. As this additional housing becomes available, Integrity will use its database of workforce development clients as a pool of potential renters and homeowners. We will serve as a pipeline that conveys residents from housing rental to housing ownership as they move from unemployment to full, long-term employment.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 • Integrity Highlights

A critical part of the Mayor's agenda has been revitalizing Atlanta's Westside. A recent CBS Channel 46 story chronicles Integrity's role in this revitalization.

 

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