By Daniel Ziegler Syracuse, N.Y (NCC News) – A Price-Rite grocery store recently opened up in the food desert of Syracuse. The store needed to fill more than 100 job positions.
This was until a local non-profit organization called Jubilee Homes helped the Price-Rite out with their Build to Work program. The Build to Work program led to 125 people getting jobs at the Price-Rite.
The Build to Work program aims to help Syracuse residents get jobs in fields such as manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and construction. Jubilee Homes intern Rachel Ryan says the program exists to help those in poverty.
“There’s very high unemployment rates in this neighborhood. People need jobs: they need local jobs because they might not have transportation to work,” Ryan said.
This program brings people closer to jobs by giving classes every month. These classes include:
- How to approach a job interview
- What to wear at an interview
- How to make a resume
- How to manage their time so they are not late to work
Although they do not do this often, Ryan says they are giving out supplies right now to help the unemployed with their job interviews.
“Right now we actually do have some clothing here that if people need them, we can give them to them,” Ryan said.
The Build to Work program will have a job fair on May 19th at Destiny USA. The fair will have hundreds of employers from companies such as:
- Syracuse City School District
- NYS Thruway Authority