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May at Employment Connection

Give STL Day Thank You!

We would like to give one more thank you to our donors for Give STL Day! We are still amazed by the generosity of our donors who helped us to more than DOUBLE our original goal!

Summer Break Youth Program

Our ReCAST youth training program is BACK! From June 7th - June 10th, we will be hosting another work readiness & social entrepreneurship training for youth in the Promise Zone of St. Louis. We greatly enjoyed hosting our previous cohort and look forward to welcoming another group of teens!

Funding for this program was made possible by ReCAST St. Louis

Senior Services Update

Since 2020, Employment Connection has been providing seniors in the City of St. Louis with free home and landscaping services. Currently, the program is serving 62 seniors! The services provided have included: mowing, tree trimming, debris removal, and weatherization.


Funding for this program made possible by the Senior Fund of the City of St. Louis and RRF Foundation for Aging.

Story of Empowerment

Joshua is a client at Employment Connection currently residing at the Transition Center of St. Louis (TCSTL). He completed the WOW training program that is hosted by Employment Connection there on site. After participating in WOW, Joshua moved to phase 3 which allowed him to leave the facility to search for jobs. Roderick Colvin, one of the career specialists at Employment Connection, assisted him in getting placed in a job at John Vitale’s Construction Company.

However, before beginning work, Joshua needed to acquire various tools. As Roderick worked with Joshua, he reached out to Janie Burse, Behavioral Health Counselor, who was able to conduct a mental and behavioral health assessment for Joshua. He was diagnosed with barriers that made him eligible for resources that would provide funds for him to obtain the tools he needed to begin working.

Thank you to the Mental Health Board, John Vitale, Janie Burse, and Roderick Colvin for empowering Joshua and providing him with everything he needed to start working. This collaboration is necessary to assist those with limited opportunities and resources towards becoming self-sufficient.

Career Specialist Roderick Colvin with Joshua

Cure Violence Updates


Our Cure Violence program in Dutchtown was recently featured in a local news story. The story highlights the early success of the program. We are so proud of our Cure Violence teams for the work they are doing. Click HERE to watch the story!

Your GIFTS help remove barriers to self-sufficiency from our clients’ paths, every day. To support the work of Employment Connection, make YOUR gift by clicking HERE, or contacting us at development@employmentstl.org or 314-333-5645!



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