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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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Labor Day Client Success Story: Mission Techie Edwin Gonzales Thriving in Tech World after One Year

Many times it takes work to find work. This was especially true for Edwin Gonzales, who as a 20-year-old left behind his native El Salvador in search of a better life in the U.S. The young man dreamed of transforming his lifelong passion for computers into a job in the tech sector, but he was…

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MEDA August 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Cesia Edith Valenzuela Velazquez

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: Cesia Edith Valenzuela Velazquez Program: Workforce Development…

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Client Success Story Update: Ada Olmedo on the Bi-Rite Track

On a recent work outing to select produce at a farm in Sonoma, Ada Olmedo had time to reflect on how her life had changed this year. Here she was enjoying idyllic scenery, while garnering work knowledge and feeling part of making a business grow. This contrasts to January 28th, when Ada’s job quickly ended…

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Client Success Story: MEDA Young Adult Client Ron Chong on the Path to an IT Career

At 24, San Francisco resident Ron Chong was seeking an entry point to the region’s booming tech sector. Having attended numerous tech conferences over the past five years, the young adult knew this was the place for him, as he had always had an interest in the digital world. Ron started his journey with a…

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In His Own Words: Santos Cabrera, Client Success Story

I want to thank MEDA’s Robert Lopez for helping me find a job at Green Chile Restaurant. I am very content with my new job. I needed MEDA’s free Workforce Development program’s help to pursue a job because I wanted a better life for me and my family.” Thank you, Santos Cabrera If you are interested in…

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