FLOC Homies program continues to flourish with multiple programs
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
city of Toledo
to adopt their LED Lighting initiative. The initiative began
when Homies pressed Toledo Edison to fix lighting in their
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
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.
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
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
or 419-243-3456 ext. 224.