The City of Reno and Volunteers of America are celebrating tomorrow at 11 a.m. eight more graduates of the Reno Works program, which aims to give the houseless job and life skills in order to get them into full-time employment.
“Including this class, we’ve had 57 people graduate from the program so far,” said Vice Mayor Neoma Jardon, who helped establish Reno Works, along with VOA Regional Director Pat Cashell, in 2015. “Many homeless in our community just need the opportunity and the tools to improve their lives. Reno Works provides them those skills and that chance.”
The program lasts 12 weeks and includes employment, safety training, interview skills, and behavioral health classes.
“The Reno Works program has helped people in our community transition out of homelessness by empowering them to take control of their lives and feel the pride of standing on their own two feet,” Cashell added.
The graduation ceremony is at City Hall, 1 East First Street.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.