WEST END (KDKA) – A new employment center opened its doors in the West End on Friday.

City and community leaders cut the ribbon at Emanuel United Methodist Church on Lorenz Avenue to mark the occasion.

“There was nothing of this sort in the western communities and once again, our commitment is to make sure that all neighborhoods have resources and there was a clear gap,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.

The mayor and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith hope this center will fill that gap and help people find jobs.

The facility is equipped with laptop computers and Internet access.

People will also have access to resume help, work force training sessions, and a lot more.

“We’re just new. We are just getting off the ground, but we plan on having wellness things here. We have AARP coming in, we’ve had Comcast come in and building relationships,” Assistant Director Theresa Jenks said.m

People in all 16 neighborhoods of District 2 are welcome to utilize the center.

Two community members have been hired to run the place, along with the help of volunteers.

“It’s just a wonderful thing to have community people working in the community center, who know the people and know the area very well,” Jenks said.

Right now, the center will be open Mondays through Thursdays from noon until 5 p.m.


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