Workforce Development

Productivity is an important aspect of quality of life

Step Up’s rapid workforce job development program offers comprehensive barrier-free, job placement and employment development services.

Some of the services include:

  • Pre-vocational training
  • Resume building
  • Employment preparation
  • Community Job seeking
  • Job placement
  • Overcoming barriers to successful job placements
  • In-the-field job coaching
  • Work experience and training
  • Peer Support training

The Vocational Mission is:
Everyone who wants to work should work.

All Step Up members desiring meaningful, community-competitive employment will be assisted in achieving that goal. The program is founded on the nationally recognized IPS rapid work program where the foundation of all services is based on consumer choice. Employment support is continuous, even after participants have obtained
competitive employment.

Step Up’s Vocational programs also include the operations of Step Up’s social enterprise business, Fresh Start Market & Grill, Meals Program, a janitorial business, Urban Garden and peer support programs in various locations.

In 2019, over 100 individuals participated in Step Up’s workforce development and education programs.

The Rooftop Urban Garden at Step Up on Vine

The rooftop urban garden at Step Up on Vine (SUOV) is a series of hydroponic towers which simplify traditional gardening, allowing communities in densely populated urban areas an opportunity to grow their own food. The towers produce vegetables that are used in daily meal preparation in the kitchens of SUOV in Hollywood and Step Up on Second in Santa Monica. Step Up serves over 45,000 meals annually in various Step Up service locations.

Through the generous support in the past of Supervisor Kuehl’s Third District’s Food for The Soul program Step Up has been able to maintain its Urban Garden and has employed 9 formerly homeless mentally ill individuals, 5 of whom have left our program and gone on to jobs within the community.

The Urban Garden program not only supplies fresh vegetables to Step Up’s Meals Program it also provides exposure to all residents on healthy eating through nutritional groups. In addition, clients who have attended a basic nutritional group have the ability to request and receive overflow produce for their personal use. Step Up also offer life skills groups on using and preparing these goods in a manner everyone wants to eat.

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Provides one hour of work force development training to a Step Up member.

Provides one home visit from a psychiatrist or nurse for medication support.

Provides a Welcome Home Kit to furnish and outfit an apartment for a member.

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