November 16, 2016. Next City.
In Richmond, Virginia, hospitals are facing a shortage of entry-level workers that medical training programs are unable to assign. An estimated 500 entry-level medical jobs go unfilled across the region every year, as medical programs at schools like J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College report that 881 students dropped out of its ranks in the fall of 2015.
So this year, organizers with Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC) decided to do something about it. They’re rolling out a new six-partner job pipeline network with Richmond-area hospital systems like Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Virginia Health System and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System to get a larger chunk of the city’s 28,000 unemployed workers into one of the state’s growth industries.
May 10, 2016. The Columbus Dispatch.
In the years since BREAD has been mobilizing congregations of a variety of faiths to pressure politicians for social justice and fairness in government, elected officials have taken notice, even if they’ve questioned the sometimes arm-twisting tactics.
May 8, 2016. The Columbus Dispatch.
As a Jewish woman, Cathy Levine takes to heart the concept of tikkun olam — repair of the world.
One of her efforts to put that concept into action is her work with the Building Responsibility, Equality And Dignity interfaith group, commonly known as BREAD.
May 2, 2016. Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Monday evening, the majority of the seats in lower level of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church sanctuary were full at the Great Nehemiah Action Assembly, which was set on tackling education issues in Henrico County and joblessness in the region.
May 2, 2016. The Columbus Dispatch.
It’s been years, but Michael Taylor still remembers the humiliation of being escorted from his job by two armed security guards after a background check revealed his criminal record.
He was a temporary employee, looking to be hired on as a supervisor, when his past caught up with him.