City Workforce Initiative Helps Flood-Displaced Workers

Since its launch last August, San Jose’s work2future Storm Program has provided temporary employment for a total of 54 displaced workers to do cleanup work at areas of San Jose damaged by devastating storms that occurred in Feb 2017. Utilizing a National Dislocated Worker Grant, major achievements include working alongside the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services to help reopen the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park and the Environmental Services Department to do street cleanup projects at the Rocksprings and Williams Street Park Neighborhoods. Most recently, the Program helped with the transfer of Koi Fish to a new temporary home in Pond B at the Japanese Friendship Garden.

Kelley Park Koi fish, relocated from flood-damaged pond thanks to work2future program.

Many participants have also used the program as a stepping stone to rejoin the workforce, finding long term employment upon finishing the program. A few participants were hired by PRNS after demonstrating the prerequisite skills and a fondness for working outdoors.

Based on the local successes, the Federal government approved an extension that will allow the program to add more cleanup projects and to provide more than 10 new participants with as much as an additional nine months of employment. For more information, contact Monique Melchor, work2future Director, at 408-794-1108.