Paving the Way Foundation in collaboration with LA County Alternatives to Incarceration Workgroup invited families impacted by incarceration, service providers and community member’s to provide input on recommended strategies to increase community-based care to prevent people’s entry into the criminal justice system.
We believe assessment testing, training courses, subsidized housing assistance, enhancing practical life skills; including resume development, job, and interviewing techniques are all of paramount importance. These skills are key to the success of anyone seeking to maintain sobriety and soundness of mind. Paving the Way believes in the preservation of mankind at all levels and walks of life. “Giving a hand out for a hand up” will aide in crime reduction and decrease various child, elderly and spousal abuse. Teaching people how to rise above their circumstances of poverty, hurt, sickness, and depression gives them HOPE in overcoming life’s daily trials and tribulations.
Our goal is to give our clients the life skills and job preparation necessary to maintain the highest quality of living. Paving The Way has partnered with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to offer the community free and low-cost certified training. We offer the following training every month:
- OSHA 10
- Forklift Training
Call us for class schedules.
Breakthrough Parenting Classes
Breakthrough Parenting classes take place onsite at Paving The Way Foundation. This ten-week course is a comprehensive, skill-building program designed to teach advanced parenting techniques. Each class is two hours long and includes one hour of group sharing and one hour of parent training. Each participant receives a completion letter after he or she has attended ten classes and has successfully completed their course workbook.
Classes are held Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Paving The Way Foundation works hand in hand with clients being released from jail or those who walk-in from our community. Our main goal is to assist our clients with the following:
- Health Care
- Food & clothing
- Legal services
The Helping Hand Closet
In August 2019, Paving the Way Foundation opened its Helping Hand Closet. The closet is chock-full with men and women’s semi-casual clothing. The purpose behind the closet is to help adults dress for success when going to job interviews. Clothing is available to anyone in need, whether homeless or not, low income or someone re-entering the workforce after incarceration. Debbie Gundersen, who runs the closet, goes to yard sales on Saturdays to find items for the closet. She searches for nice quality, gently used items that will help the applicant feel confident during the interview process. Debbie says, “seeing people succeed and get back into the workforce is my favorite part of running the closet.” The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9-1 pm, and located at 44818 Fern Ave. Suite 105, Lancaster, CA. It is a walk-in service, and no appointment is necessary.
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