Today, two Northside organizations teamed up to combine their workforce development efforts with a $50,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development.
The NorthShore Community Alliance (NCA) and the Northside Leadership Conference (NSLC) have formed Northside Works! It will remain at NSLC’s central location with NCA managing the program. Hours will expand to five days a week.
The collaboration began with a soft transition in February, said Mark Fatla, executive director of the NSLC.
“We’ve already seen an increase of 20 percent, from 75-80 visitors to 100 clients into the program,” he said.
Clients meet with staff member Sheryl Smith and can use the computer to search for work, fill out applications, update their resumes and get help with child care and overcoming criminal history for employment.
“We both have successful programs but also limitations,” Mark said. “NCA had a more robust program but they are off the bus routes [in Manchester]. We didn’t have enough staff support but we’re more centrally located and don’t belong to any one neighborhood and we’re on all the bus lines [in Allegheny Center].
“They will manage the program at our space and theirs. We provide the community outreach” with the benefit of 15 grassroots member organizations.
Mark said the partnership will streamline services and costs.
“We’re using the resources we’re getting more efficiently,” he said. “For example, we don’t both have to do a job fair. We can coordinate one job fair.”
“For more than 100 years NCA has connected thousands of people with meaningful employment by working with top employers here on the Northside and beyond,” said Carol Washington, executive director of NCA. “By working together with NSLC, we can expand our ability to help our neighbors find work.”
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