As SCC’s First Source Program commemorates its second anniversary, we celebrate the 380 Somerville residents that have been served by the program in multiple ways, from the hundreds attending our job-readiness and workers’ rights workshops to the135 people who have found local employment opportunities through the program. Well over a third of these jobs have met or exceeded the city’s living wage of 12.24 per hour.
We also celebrate the more than 60 local employers that we have engaged to participate in the program. We offer special thanks to key employer partners like Union Square Donuts, Vinfen, Chipotle and the City of Somerville who have not only hired First Source participants but have played a significant role in program development. And we extend appreciation to the other Somerville agencies to whom we have been able to refer our participants for services and programs, such as ESOL classes at The Welcome Project and SCALE, computer classes at the Haitian Coalition and quality early childhood education at CAAS.
We celebrate the racial, ethnic, economic and linguistic diversity of the First Source Job Program candidates. It is this diversity that represents what is best about Somerville.
As we celebrate our second anniversary, we would like to thank our funders, Social Equity Campaign donors, the City of Somerville, Skillworks and the LiftUp grant from Brandeis University for making our program possible.
In the many years ahead, we will continue to help people who live, work or study in Somerville find good local jobs with good wages and benefits. Below are testimonials from some First Source clients who are celebrating the achievement of working in their jobs for over one year.
Residential Counselor at a mental healthcare provider
Sales Associate at Express
Sales Associate-Cashier at Whole Foods Market