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Center For Living and Learning

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training

Mission: To improve lives by assisting individuals transitioning from rehabilitation or with barriers to employment, into the workforce so that they may become contributing members of society.

Results: Over 150 apprentices have received paid job and computer training. CLL's job search program boasts a success rate of 74% this past year, in assisting those obtain employment who completed the job search preparation course.

Target demographics: Individuals with barriers to employment in the Los Angeles area, including those transitioning from drug rehabilitation, prisoner re-entry programs, welfare to work and youth at risk.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The disadvantaged clients served, CA Dept. of Corrections and local treatment centers.

Geographic areas served: San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Area

Programs: Apprentice Program and Job Search Assistance Program

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

i am not exaggerating when I say that the Center for Living and Learning contributed greatly in my journey to getting my life back. When I arrived at their doorstep I was jobless, homeless and pretty much hopeless. They helped me with job contacts, told me how to find programs to get housing but most of all they provided emotional support so that gave me the hope I needed to keep pushing and fighting to get my life back. A year later I am in a permanent home, I've had my job for over a year and have made contacts and relationships that I know I will have for a lifetime. If CLL did not have a resource you were looking for, they would not stop looking until they found it for you. I will be forever grateful for what this organization has helped me accomplish in my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started off with being a client with Center for Living & Learning as a TSE (Welfare to Work Program. After my 10 months was up, I was hired on as a Job Search employee. I have been promoted to the Probation contract and have been gratefully working still with Center for Living & Learning.

It is a reward every day making a difference in one's life. Knowing that we help eliminate some of barriers that was preventing individuals move forward. Watching the joy in ones face when they landed a job is so rewarding or giving the hope that their life will change is explainable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe this non-profit is very useful, helpful, convenient and when it comes to helping clients and volunteers learn more about resources that can and maybe useful for them in the future.

Client who come in and out of Center for Living & Learning leave with the the knowledge and hope of a successful future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for living and learning is a great place.
They offer many resources such as dress for success, job placement, programs for people who were formally incarcerated, job readiness and many more.I am currently a TSE participant and i am receiving paid training from center for living and learning .I am thankful specially to Valorie who gave me the opportunity to train in a position that i had no experience she has also help me put my resume together to find a job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone my name is Francisco Rodriguez Carrasco I am currently participating in the TSE program with the center for living organization I am thankful to say that I have learned many strengths and weaknesses about myself and how to turn the weaknesses into strengths, as a trainee-receptionist at El proyecto del Barrio ive maintained myself open to any possible opportunities for myself and individuals with thee desire to advance. I would like to announce a BiG Thank You to *Valorie Balderas*(Center4Living Representative) for supporting and encouraging me in the best of her ability to further better myself as an individual/person. All of we the people matter! I definitely recommend this non-profit organization to anyone with the desire to succeed. Thank You Center4Living!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience in this nonprofit organization I have learned to interact with people who are in a bad situation and help them with job search, and direct them to the resources we provided if any needed. I've gained computer skills typing skills and filling, data entry and confidence in my self. I highly recommend this place for any resources and a great place for training.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a good center. All staff members are nice and friendly.You'r able to write you'r resume and look for a job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Center for Living and Learning has by far gave me all the right tools to get the experience in the job field I want. The staff there are great and really help me. They go beyond for the people that need help and want to move foward. They inspire me to overcome obstacles and always move forward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center for Living and Learning is a great place to go when you want to learn and acquire resources. They have helpful staff members that I learned a lot from in my 8 months as a TSE participant. The staff helps you with a simple resume update to employment contacts, to some housing resources and more. When at the Center it feels more like a family and then friends because they truly care about you. The staff doesn’t judge you because they have been through what you have been through, and that’s why they care and help their clients.

Larry D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for living and learning is a great place to get job readiness training. Helps people get job ready with interviewing prep as well as resumes. I was apart of the TSE program for 8 months and after my time was up they hired me. Now because of the job opportunity they gave me i help manage various of contracts. I want to personally thank The Center for Living and Learning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Valorie, I started working as a TSE in Sep and got offered a position with Center for Living and Learning. I make resumes help clients with applications, mock interviews, pretty much everything prep them for interviews for employers. Working here is amazing and because of them I had the chance to over some of my own barriers. I finished going to school and graduated, Now I have my High School Diploma. They connected me with an attorney at no cost, to help me fix a few warrants I had from 2013. The attorney went and represented me in court . Now my record is clear and I was able to get my drivers license back. In two weeks I will be getting life scanned to work with Ab109 and supervised felony probation. Working here has allowed me to do what I love to and that is helping others better themselves. I know the struggle I was once there. I've overcome homelessness, drug addiction, being involved with gangs, domestic violence and at one point lost my children for 7 months. Thank you Center for living for everything you do to help others and making the society a better place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a good learning experience for me. The staff is very helpful. This center is giving me back confidence to get back into the working world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great customer service, best staff, and fast working environment

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Natasha, I'm attending the Living and Learning Center as a TSE. So far i am learning phone skills which i can use for office purposes. It's a great company to pick up some office skills. It also has a lot of opportunity within the center as far as job skills and job readiness, .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my name is Roxana Jimenez The Center for Living & Learning. This place has been nothing but great to me, they have taught me so much during my time here & i am grateful

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have a lot of great resources that help the community in need of help.They provide computer training and job training For people transitioning back into the workforce.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

good resources, good place to find work for the people who come out of prison and or are homeless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

THEY HAVE GREAT RESOURCES THAT HELP PEOPLE IN NEED IN THE COMMUNITY.
THEY HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESUME, AND JOB PLACEMENT. THIS NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION ALSO HAS A FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL STAFF THAT WILL HELP YOU WITH ALL THAT YOU NEED.

Crystal W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for Living & Learning helped me get get back on my feet. When Center for Living & Learning signed me on as a TSE (welfare to Work Program) it open so many doors for me. The Center helped with understanding my lack of communication skills, and working with colleague in a professional manner. Center for Living & Learning has so much compassion in making a difference in one's life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for living and learning is great at what they do. They went beyond helping me find a job and other services. They are friendly and a great atmosphere to be in. All the staff helps and are hands on with questions or concerns. They helped me get ready for my interview.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing for helping to find jobs and build resumes! I had a resume already but Crystal overlooked it and helped me to improve it along with getting me numerous interviews. She helped me land a great job and very supportive. The whole staff is very approachable and genuinely want to see you get a job to succeed. I send my friends who are unemployed and serious about work here. THank YOU Center for Living and Learning... and thank you Crystal! Youre the BEST! - DP

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience for CENTER FOR LIVING AND LEARNING HAS BEEN FOR ME THE BEST PLACE I CAN IMAGEN. I IDENTIFY MYSELF WITH EVERYONE AND EVERY OPPORTUNITY THEY HAD OFFER .I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANYONE THAT HAS DIFFICULTY ON FINDING A JOB OR ANYTHING YOU MAY NEED THEY ASSIST YOU WITH ALL YOUR QUESTION IN A PROFESSIONAL WAY. I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE PART OF THIS EXPERIENCE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Place, people are really nice and helpful when it comes to get a job. I recommend it to anyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for the Living and Learning is the best place to go if your looking for help with your resume and looking for work.

Amanda S.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello!! I've been with center for living and learning for a little over 2 years now. They are great staff. I was in the TSE program which is apprenticeship program for mother on welafe to work. Rhonda and Alex offered me a job after my 10 months in my program were up. I am now a administration assistant for Rhonda here at the center. I am so grateful for my job and thankful Rhonda and Alex saw something in me and gave my this wonderful job opportunity. If you need any employment services please feel free to come in and get the help we provide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Evelyn Aguilar, I am currently in the apprentice program here at The Center for Living & Learning. This place has been nothing but great to me, they have taught me so much during my time here & Im grateful that I was placed in a place like this, where they help people in every situation they may be in. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Prestigious people of Southern ,Northern California I Mahisha Wiggins a virtuous participant of the Center for living and learning Organization have over come numerous Barriers in life including Homelessness,Gang Involvement and mild unlawful incidents.I am now a Renter,No longer involved in street affairs, Working full time, a proud mother of 4 and actively involved in the up rise of our community.At the center 4 Living and Learning we learn that barriers are made to be broken and I am a living Testimony that it can be done! With support,direction,determination the past is just a mere Memory!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings everyone! My name is Lesly I'm a current beneficiary of The Center for Living and Learning. Upon my arrival I was met with support and encouragement as I faced an eviction and financial hardship. I am a single mother of three extraordinary children God has blessed me with and I was in need of help. I am forever grateful to all the staff members who work passionately and diligently. The program works if you work it. The staff is here, not do things for you, but for you to learn how to obtain the life skills that are needed to continue on your journey. Take the help and continue to sharpen your skills and position yourself in line for your next blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

hi my name is Ashley Lopez and i just wanted to write a quick review about this company.
well first off i had no idea there was even a place like this for people to come in and get the massive amount of help they offer: jobs, resume, what to do and not do in a in a interview, common questions that you will be asked in a interview i mean the list goes on and the staff there from Alex, Rhonda,Alicia, Larry ,Bob and the staff in the back all really care about helping those who want to be helped so i would just like to say thank you so much for taking to time to help get people back into the work force.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center For Living And Learning is my go to place to find work. The staff is great and very helpful. They helped me get a Ca ID card and find work. They are very professional in everything they do. They even helped me get off the street. I love this place. If you need to find work, come here. They will not turn you away.

2 Alicia68

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into center for living and learning as a client in the apprentice program in may since than they have helped me with my resume, Also gain experience in the work field . Rhonda and Alex are exceptional at the jobs and have helped me along the way these last 8 months. all the staff are always helpful and always hands on. if you need help this is the place to go.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

great customer service . good place to get a job resume !

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

every helpful place ,positive environment,Always respectful and clean communication,positive manners,forsure and well learned how to apply and make resume...always updates on new coming jobs fares.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

this place really helps you and cares when no one else does.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was released from federal prison in August 8 and came here to this center two weeks later. I was warmly received and given help to find jobs in my field. I have not found any yet, but received encouragement by Crystal and Lorraine to not give up. I am so very much appreciative of this place and all it has to offer. God Bless You

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Client Served

Rating: 5

great people here . always helping out and getting you ready for jobs and with the resumes ...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crystal is awesome, she updated my resume and helped with my self-esteem.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff is very helpful and very friendly to all the clients. They found employment for me with in 2 days

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to CLL for assistance in getting a job and a resume and got hired. They have helped me in many ways.

2 Martin11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to Center for Living and Learning as a broken and lost soul. They are patiently connecting me to a variety of jobs. The first few persons I met was Larry, Lorraine, Mary and Ron. Then I met the management team, Rhonda and Alex. Months passed by, I got a job and I along other friends of mine continue to come regularly to use its resources esp the computers. The staff continue helping us. Try it for yourself and refer others. Great people. Thanks personally from me, Martin C.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are looking for help in getting it together the Center for Living and Learning is a great place to start. While professional, the atmosphere there is warm and friendly making for a more comfortable learning experience. At the Center for Living and Learning you are given the tools you will need to get you started in building for yourself a better path to success. I, myself, am grateful for the time I have spent at the center. I learned a lot about process of searching and interviewing for perspective jobs. Along that process I became more confident about my abilities and what I have to offer to an employer. The center for Living and Learning build their clients up so that they can enter into a challenging, and often unfriendly, work environment prepared to take on the challenges of finding a job in this economy. Thank you to all of the staff at the Center for Living and Learning.

Aldon A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Aldon Avila and I've been receiving personal help in what resource are available to me in gaining in sight to better help myself and encouragement and there professional curtsey and I'm very appreciative and grateful for there service's. Thank You!!!...



Sincerely, Aldon Arellano Avila

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came out of rehab with little confidence, no money and even less prospects. Center for Living and Learning provided me with a clean and safe environment to look for employment. They also helped me to built by resume, prepare me for the interview process and answered all my questions about finding a job for someone in my position.

One of their employees, Lorraine, called me numerous times to inform me of new openings and job prospects as they opened up. Thank you Center for Living and Learning for making my transition back into the workforce possible!

E.K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently in treatment and looking for work, I have received support from the staff who have all been in the same position I am in. Being able to go to a place where the staff understands what I need has been invaluable. They have provided me with a resume and resources I need to help me find employment. I would recommend the Center for Living and Learning to anyone who is looking for work. Thank you Center for Living and Learning for all the help you have given me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Center for living learning are excellent when it comes to helping out their clients in finding jobs, personal matters one goes thru life everyday. I've only been coming here for a week and they already set me up with 3 job offers, so I can say honestly that I am glad I came here in the first place. Rhonda, Mary and Terry are great staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently participating in the TSE program and receiving paid training here at Center 4 Living And Learning, Before coming in to this program I feel that I had hit rock bottom. CLL has not only giving me that second chance to get back into the work force, but I have also been given the chance to help other that may have or be in the same situation I was once in. I'm truly grateful to the staff that believe in me and always give me that extra push. Thank you for the second chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently participating in the welfare to work program and am receiving paid training here at the Center for Living and Learning. Being here thus far has allowed me to sharpen my computer skills, develop and utilize my professional skills, and rebuild my confidence in my abilities. In addition to resume, and job search training skills, I am now a Covered California Certified enrollment councilor, educating consumers on health care options and guiding them through the enrollment process. Not only am I helping myself but, I am also helping others who are struggling to find work. I have more control over my future and a way to provide for my family. For that I owe a great amount of gratitude to the Center for Living and Learning. Thank you for believing in me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began interning at the Center 4 Living and Learning in September of 2014. My first impression of the staff as well as the agency as a whole was warm and welcoming. The staff have created an inviting environment for not only the employees, but the clients who come as well.

This agency cares about its clients as well as its employees. The interaction displayed among employees and clients is proof that the people involved in the agency care about the well-being of everyone, employee and client as well.

CLL is there for the community and makes great effort to help those who are in need of assistance. I would recommend and will recommend this agency to anyone in need of assistance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love center for living and learning because it has taught me that their is always a second chance in life, hope, making a difference, caring for one another, it has taught me how to motivate and congratulate people for making an effort in changing their lives and being sober. I have never experienced what people have accomplished after going through tough situations. I would like to thank Alex, Rhonda, Terry, and Ron for giving me this opportunity for giving me this wonderful experience that has taught me so much and to motivate and help people to cherish their lives.
P.S I love you too Elaine and hope your doing great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center4living has been a great place that has help many people in this world ,especially those that been in jail and rehab.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for living and learning has help many people that has came out of incarceration.they help you get back on your feet the best thing is they help you job search,help you with your resume and mock interviews.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center for living and learning is a great place. The staff are amazing people very helpful. This place gave me confidence that I can be successful in life. I am very grateful for this place and the people in it!!! Thank you!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say thanks to the staff of The Center 4 Living and Learning. They assisted me in job searching and helped rebuild my resume and the end result was that I found a full time job. Many thanks to the dedicated staff members that are always helpful to all clients that walk through their door and I will always be thankful to them all, all the way from the program director to the volunteers that help there. Once again thanks for helping me rebuild my life and making it a great experience.

Christa

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for CLL. They gave me an opportunity to change my life and do something outside the box and gave me skills to be a productive member of society. I truly believe with out those skills I would not be were I am at today. A professional, responsible and accountable employee in the medical field. Thank You CLL

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Christa, and I am so Thankful for the opportunity that Center for Living and Learning gave me. When I started at CLL, I had just got out of a drug program with no job skills or even the skills to work in a social environment. All I had known for 17 yrs was the life of an addict, the streets and in and out of prison. CLL gave me the skills to be able to work in a social and professional atmosphere and taught me how to work and be accountable in a work environment and be able to go out into society and find a job and get that job. With skills and the training they provided for me, I have had some very successful position in my career. Yes career. The skills CLL gave me, I was able to move to a different state and obtain a position working in the medical field. So now I am helping patients and giving back what was taught to me thru CLL. Thank You for all you have done for me and the skills your organization taught me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization changes people's lives who then come back to help others

Shawn10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I and others live our days without being able to acquire the skills for living on the outside. Yes, im a convict but i have began the actual steps that repentance leads too. It has been more difficut than i envisioned but because of the Center For Living And Learning i have been able to learn what i was unable to, from an amazing group of people that patiently work together to give give give. This place is a god send. From the first day to the second day and on and on they are steaddast in the works that they do...helping people change their live around.

Margaret46

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Living and Learning provides real help to real people who are trying to reestablish their independence and stability often following involvement in the criminal justice system. Unlike many other groups that provide training, the Center helps people make the leap from training to employment -- a critical foundation for success. Not only does the Center work with individuals, but its director, Alex, is involved in statewide and county-level advocacy to change the policies that put barriers in the way of success for people leaving the criminal justice system. Three cheers for the Center and for Alex! Please keep up the good work!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CLL does an amazing job at bridging two sides of this sector: service provision and policy/advocacy. There are few organizations that are able to embrace and encompass both pieces of this important work to improve the lives of formerly incarcerated people and enhance public safety through reducing recidivism. CLL produces excellent results in terms of turning around the lives of their many clients, but also makes a tremendous effort to organize and inform other stakeholders, as well as engage with elected officials and other decision makers to achieve the changes in the system that are so desperately needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living and learning has shown me an taught me how to get a job!! They have provided me with the tools to succeed in the working world!! I Thank them from the bottom of my heart. They are very caring an understanding people who doesn't judge you , but lets you be you. If you need Help these are the people to go to. God Bless you... Sincerely David Hulley

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Living and Learning center has helped me out a great deal with my resume and finding a job. The staff are so helpful, kind, understanding, and loving! I'm very grateful to the Living and Learning center!
Thank You!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve as a Board Member at the Center for Living and Learning (CLL) because I have confidence in the programs available to the formally incarcerated, former substance abusers, or anyone who has a barrier to employment. Programs include but are not limited to the Apprenticeship Program: 12-18 month paid on-the-job training opportunity. I am proud to say that 92% of those with a criminal record have not been re-incarcerated during their apprenticeship, and develop confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to, upon completion of the program, transition directly to regular employment. What does all this mean? It means an individual is now able to live a healthy and productive life, standing proud and tall in front of their children, family and friends. The Center for Living and Learning is what I like to call a community re-investment program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got released two months ago from state prison, and not knowing where to look for a job.
I was referred to a program named, The Center for Living & Learning its one of the great resource's.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Center for Living and Learning through the Gain program. I needed a chance and a change in my life. The Center provided both. Now I am a full time employee, have advanced in my position and my personal and professional life are finally on track. Thank you CLL and everyone who has been touched by this wonderful non-profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just got out of prison I came to center for living and its been great here they help me to find a job and its been a great experience I've met nice people here and its a great opportunity for me to find all sort of resources that I thought were not available so I continue to come here for resources available to anyone that needs the help here