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FLOC Homies program continues to flourish with multiple programs and events

TOLEDO: Over 30 FLOC Homies recently graduated from their training program. The ceremony took place at El Camino Real restaurant on November 28th, 2018. About 100 people were in attendance.

Through the FLOC Homies program, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee [FLOC], in partnership with Lucas County Jobs and Family Services, and Community Shares, helps low-income youth develop skills that enable them to overcome personal and systemic barriers that prevent their success.

One highlight of the FLOC Homies program was convincing the city of Toledo to adopt their LED Lighting initiative. The initiative began when Homies pressed Toledo Edison to fix lighting in their neglected neighborhoods.

Recently the FLOC Homies became one of the founding groups of the Black/Brown Unity Coalition, which works together to identify and strategize with an intent to find collaborative solutions to the common obstacles black and brown minorities face.

This past fall, FLOC Homies voluntarily participated in political events and founded a theater troupe.

Homies learn job and life skills, community organizing, history, public speaking, acting, and various other skills necessary to be good people, students, family members, employees, and public citizens. They are paid for attending training classes every day, their internships, and for community service.  

Since the program began, $260,000 has gone directly into the pockets of FLOC Homies. Baldemar Velásquez, the president of FLOC, notes, “These kids are TANF eligible—poor kids from poor families. Through the Homies program, they receive employment preparation and immediate employment experience. This program benefits them, their family, and the community while putting cash directly into their pockets. Our FLOC homies also learn the importance of being a part of something bigger than themselves.”

On December 14th, the FLOC Homies hosted a Christmas party for their low-income family members and others. FLOC is currently taking new applications for the next Homies class which begins on February 4, 2019 and lasts 16 weeks.

To apply for the FLOC Homies program, go to:  http://www.floc.com/wordpress/floc-homies-union-employment-program-application/.

For more information about the FLOC Homies program contact Homies Program Manager, Ted Marok TMarok@cmwj.org or at 419-243-3456 ext. 245.

For more information about FLOC, contact Lead Family Advocate and Community Organizer, Chibuzo Petty at cpetty@cmwj.org or 419-243-3456 ext. 224.

 

 
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