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MEDA Job Fair Equals Employment for Dozens of Mission Community Members

MEDA’s Workforce Development team knows the needs of its low-income clients and working families, two-thirds of whom are immigrants. For 2016, there were already 171 job placements by the end of October. MEDA is investing in people’s lives and rebuilding the Mission’s Latino community — a community where over 25 percent have been displaced since 2000….

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MEDA October 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Jessie Rubalcava

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Jessie Rubalcava Program: Workforce Development/Mission Techies Intern Why…

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MEDA September 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Yuka Ogasawara

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Yuka Ogasawara Program: Workforce Development Why did you decide…

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MEDA June 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Misaki Murai

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Misaki Murai Program: Workforce Development Why did…

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MEDA January 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Emerson Quinoñez

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Emerson Quiñonez Program: Workforce Development (Mission Techies) Why did…

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Why I Give Wednesday: MEDA Workforce Development Program Manager Orrian Willis

To celebrate this season of giving and thankfulness, every Wednesday we will showcase staff, Board members, volunteers and clients telling what this Mission District, San Francisco nonprofit brings to their lives. After graduating from college a little over five years ago, I applied to a number of jobs. Like many recent college graduates, I was confused and anxious…

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Why I Give Wednesday: MEDA Workforce and Tax Specialist Ernesto Martinez

To celebrate this season of giving and thankfulness, every Wednesday we will showcase staff, Board members, volunteers and clients telling what this Mission District, San Francisco nonprofit brings to their lives. I started off looking for an economic-development nonprofit when I graduated from San Francisco State last December. I searched for the best and most-effective agency that was…

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Bon Appétit and MEDA Cook Up A Culinary-Sector Jobs Pipeline

Being responsible for staffing two restaurants, a café and a catering business for Bon Appétit in San Francisco’s Presidio, human resources expert Nicole Pellerin (photo, left) has her job cut out for her. When Pellerin met MEDA Job Coach Robert Lopez (photo, right) at a culinary job fair back in September, the two decided to…

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MEDA October 2015 Volunteer of the Month: David Rust-Smith

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers—the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: David Rust-Smith Program: Workforce Development (Mission Techies programs mentor) Why did you…

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MEDA Workforce Development Client Lands New Job

Name: Claudia Garcia Home: Castro District, San Francisco Placement: Marriott Marquis Job Coach: Robert Lopez What have been your prior jobs? I worked two years as a cashier/barista at La Boulange and three years before that as a cook/food runner at the Cheesecake Factory. They closed all La Boulange stores after Starbucks bought them. Everyone was…

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