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New Jobs Program!

posted Apr 18, 2014, 2:55 PM by Lisa Wilson   [ updated Aug 2, 2014, 6:59 AM by MentorMe HireMe ]

March 07, 2014.  We're excited about our new jobs program!  Thanks to Wal-Mart Local Giving, the Mentoring Center now offers job placement services to Veterans, their spouses and children.

Big Check! Big News

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Lisa Wilson   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 3:40 PM ]

February 24, 2009, Leslie Lilly (second left), Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County presents Lisa Wilson, COO of the Mentoring Center with a big grant check! Others in the photo; Commissioner Golden, Sister Rachel, Monica Delgado, Jacinto Lopez, volunteers and center members!
The Lake Worth Resource Center, a Mentoring Center and partners project, will be able to do more to help immigrant workers and families gain skills that allow them to legally improve their economic situation, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  

The Mentoring Center will utilize a two-year $110,000 grant from the Community Foundation to support the work of The Lake Worth Resource Center, which helps provide a secure place for workers to gather, gain employable skills and makes employers accountable for ensuring safe, fair and equitable employment opportunities.

“More than 25 percent of Palm Beach County’s residents speak a language other than English at home,” said Leslie Lilly at a recent presentation of the grant check at the center. “A goal in grantmaking this cycle is to support programs that address barriers of language, culture, or race in accessing family support services and which support a path to full citizenship and the rights, obligations, and accountability that engaged citizenship requires.”

"We are extremely pleased with the Community Foundation's generous support of the Lake Worth Resource Center,” said Lisa Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of The Mentoring Center. “The Community Foundation clearly has their fingers on the pulse of the needs of the people. We greatly appreciate that the Foundation has boldly embraced our mission and is taking the lead in Palm Beach County- we thank them for helping us provide the services and programs that will move this county forward."

The two-year grant check was enthusiastically received from the staff of the Lake Worth Resource Center, Vice Mayor of the City of Lake Worth Jo-Ann Golden and others involved with the center. A video of the presentation is currently on the Community Foundation’s YouTube Channel at

The grant to supporting the Lake Worth Resource Center is among the more than $1.2 million in grants distributed recently to 21 nonprofit organizations serving a wide range of needs in Palm Beach and Martin counties. The grant was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Fund, the Hans and Mary Strattmann Intergenerational Fund and the Galdriel Peace Fund II of the Community Foundation.

Hot Off The Press

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Lisa Wilson   [ updated Mar 28, 2013, 10:20 AM ]

April 6, 2010, at the Board of County Commissioners' meeting, Commissioner Jess R. Santamaria (left) presented a proclamation to Lisa Wilson (front) declaring April 2010 as "Lake Worth Resource Center's Hire One Work One Week Month" in Palm Beach County.  Also picture are the center's volunteers and job-seekers. 

As our nation is waits for the Local Jobs for America Act to help create a million public and private jobs in local communities, the progressive thinking partners of the Mentoring Center and Lake Worth Resource Center launched an extraordinary jobs creation and economic stimulus service for Palm Beach County job-seekers now!  A proven, bold innovative solution referred to as “Hire! One Worker, One Week”, launches today for the second consecutive year.  

This day, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners recognized the Lake Worth Resource Center’s model of creating jobs as a viable, grassroots solution and proclaimed April 2010 as the One Worker One Week Month.  The proclamation reads:



Whereas, the Mentoring Center, a 501(c) (3) public charity and its partners, asked by the City of Lake Worth, created the Lake Worth Resource Center, a secure place for jobseekers to gather, gain new employability skills, and be matched with employers for day, part and full-time jobs,

Whereas, the Lake Worth Resource Center created the unprecedented, extraordinary, bold approach, One Worker One Week initiative to encourage the people of Palm Beach County to share the social responsibility of helping our struggling neighbors by creating occasional jobs that allow our jobseekers to earn a minimum of one week’s income,

Whereas, at a fair wage, one week’s income allows jobseekers to address a few of their families’ basic needs while the income earned, immediately re-invested in local stores and businesses, stimulates the local economy and,

Whereas, the inaugural One Worker One Week 2009 campaign and its continued success this year confirms that home and business owners of Palm Beach County are willing to help provide temporary job creation relief to struggling families,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jess Santamaria, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioner, District 6, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Palm Beach County Constitution and the laws of Palm Beach County do hereby proclaim April 2010 as the Lake Worth Resource Center’s Hire! One Worker One Week Month. I call upon the homeowners, business owners and the people of Palm Beach County to observe this month by actively participating in appropriate programs, ceremonies, and events that stimulate job growth and economic stability for struggling families in Palm Beach County. I also encourage its celebration on a national level.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten.


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