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FAMILY BUSINESS: Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary business incubator program, supported by The Trust, helps Beatrice Stegaru, who owns a jam-making company, Maya’s Jams, with her daughter and granddaughter. Photo by Christine Han Photography 

June 2016

Building Careers, Connecting with Jobs 

Six ways The Trust is putting people back to work 

Before being diagnosed as HIV-positive, Luis De La Cruz was a self-taught interior designer who was unemployed. Ms. T. had a law degree from the Dominican Republic, but without English skills, she had trouble finding work after immigrating to the Bronx. And John Gomez of Queens, who loved science and math, dropped out of college and worked two jobs to support his family. Fortunately, they learned crucial skills and got support from organizations that help build careers. Now The Trust is investing $500,000 in six career-training nonprofits (including those that helped these three). 


  1. WORK AND COMMUNITY: Henry Peralta, who is HIV-positive, has learned new job skills at Alpha Workshops in Chelsea. Photo by Amy Wolf/The Trust  

    When his health provider recommended a free program that trains decorative artists with HIV, Luis De La Cruz found a welcoming, creative community at Alpha Workshops. The group just got $100,000 from The Trust to expand the program that helped De La Cruz get a new job. In the past, the program served only HIV-positive people, but The Trust is helping it expand to assist those with a range of disabilities. 
  2. Ms. T. (who doesn’t want her full name used) enrolled in a program of Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation that trains home-based child care providers to run safe, successful businesses. Taught in Spanish, Ms. T. excelled and now has a business. A $50,000 grant from The Trust expands help for home-based providers. 
  3. After a night shift cleaning offices, John Gomez saw an ad for a free programming class taught at Coalition for Queens (known as C4Q). He graduated, and is now interviewing at several firms. C4Q excels in finding jobs for its graduates, thanks in part to our funding. With grants totaling $157,000, we’re making sure Queens technology employers connect with job seekers. A new grant of $80,000 will fund job fairs and networking events, recruit industry pros to provide career guidance, and work with tech companies on apprenticeship programs. 
  4. With $100,000, we’re helping Hot Bread Kitchen expand a Harlem business incubator for caterers and other food entrepreneurs, many of whom are women.
  5. Two new laws make it easier for job seekers to be judged on qualifications, not on criminal records or credit history. But not everyone knows about the laws, and some employers ignore them. Enter Manhattan Legal Services. With $90,000, the group will inform Manhattan residents of their rights under the City’s Fair Chance Act and the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act at workshops and through an ad campaign. 
  6. The Fortune Society is using $80,000 to train and place former inmates in jobs in the culinary arts, maintenance, commercial driving, and woodworking. This builds on a $100,000 grant we made in 2015. 



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