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What's Happening at Employment Connection: March 2024

We’ve been busy at Employment Connection! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for all of the latest info on our programs and events. And if you're not already receiving our monthly newsletter in your inbox, click here to sign up.


United for Families

Employment Connection is proud to partner with The United Way of Greater St. Louis to assist families in need through its’ United for Families (UFF) program. The UFF program is designed to provide whole-family case management, individualized case management, financial coaching, and emergency financial assistance. UFF’s objective is to help stabilize and support families on their road to restoring self-sufficiency by increasing financial security (helping them achieve family financial stability and economic self-sufficiency), preventing homelessness and displacement, and preventing school mobility challenges for school-age children. UFF aims to work with families that have a household income below 80% of the poverty level and have at least one child who is enrolled in pre-K through high school.

Since July 2023, Employment Connection has enrolled 34 families into UFF. Families have received financial assistance with rent, utilities, car repair, and car note payments.


Employment Connection featured in St. Louis Business Journal

Employment Connection CEO Sal Martinez discussed breaking down barriers to self-sufficiency in an interview with the St. Louis Business Journal. Click here to read the article.


EC Out and About

Our Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth Team attended the annual Gravois Park Easter Eggstravaganza, where they ran onto Mayor Tishaura Jones and 3rd Ward Alderman Shane Cohn.


Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe met with Employment Connection CEO Sal Martinez and leadership from the St. Louis Housing Authority.


Shantel and Zay from our Career Services Team attended the St. Louis Housing Authority’s Resident Jamboree to share information about Employment Connection's programs.


Celebrations in March

We had lots to celebrate last month! Our Cheer Team led an agency-wide celebration of 314 Day, complete with St. Louis-style delicacies.

We also took part in the annual wearing of the green for St. Patrick's Day!

And in honor of Women's History Month, we recognized the amazing women at Employment Connection who dedicate their careers to breaking down barriers and strengthening communities!


DOCY Update

Our Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth Team has been out spreading the word about DOCY programs for youth ages 10–17 in Dutchtown, Gravois Park, and Mount Pleasant! As summer approaches, make sure you're following us on social media to find out about programs for South Side young people. You can also contact DOCY Program Manager Caitlyn Dorion at (314) 766-2853 or to learn about upcoming opportunities.


Green Jobs Update

Our second cohort of Green Jobs trainees began class recently! To start, Richard Reilly of Missouri Botanical Garden led 15 new participants through the first module of the Roots of Success training course. 

Our six-week hands-on training program includes our World of Work job readiness program, OSHA and CPR certifications, and courses on native plants, rain gardens, tree maintenance, and learning to use the tools of the trade.


Crime Summit: The State of Public Safety in St. Louis

The Crime Summit is a community-based space for shaping crime prevention strategies. Collaborate with residents, educators, law enforcement, business, and legislators to identify and seek solutions to the underlying causes of crime.

Employment Connection CEO Sal Martinez will participate in the conversation on April 27th at St. Louis University. Register at this link.


World of Work

Through March of 2024, 232 participants have enrolled in our World of Work job readiness training program, with 214 completing the program—a 92% graduation rate!


Supporting the Isis Mahr FoundationAgainst Gun Violence

Employment Connection is proud to offer continuing support for the Isis Mahr Foundation of Gun Violence, dedicated to reducing gun violence among youth in St. Louis. To date, we have contributed over $9,000 to the foundation's efforts, which include CPR training at Wohl Recreation Center for young people to help save lives when violence occurs. Watch the video above to learn more.


MWS Is Hiring!

Managed Work Services, Employment Connection's social enterprise staffing agency, is now hiring for housekeeping and environmental services positions in area hospitals. These opportunities can lead to permanent positions with full benefits, as our clients can attest to. Learn more at or by calling (314) 333-5600.


There's much more going on at Employment Connection! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all of our programs and events in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Clair County.

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