City Of Refuge To Expand Employment Center

Non-profit will soon be able to expand its services.

Atlanta-based non-profit to add class room, computer lab, and office space.

City of Refuge will soon be able to expand its services.

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The Atlanta-based nonprofit is conducting interior alterations for its Good Works Employment Center. Renovations will include a build-out a computer room, offices, a second classroom, conference room and storage area in the existing lobby, according to a commercial alteration permit filed with City of Atlanta.

Costs of construction total to $147,000.

The goal of the Good Works center is to increase employment numbers among homeless single women and single mothers. The organization provides viable job training and education to help unemployed and underemployed women find work. According to the City of Refuge Atlanta website, 70% of clients maintain employment 90 days after leaving the program.

Tony Johns, Chief Operating Officer of Housing, told What Now Atlanta (WNA) in a phone conversation Tuesday that City of Refuge’s Good Works Employment Center currently serves 150 women that live on the campus. Some classes offered are on topics such as financial literacy, parenting, anger management, resume building and more. The expansion will also allow for the center to offer more vocational training.

Renovations will also include building office space for partners to use for purposes such as staffing. The center is currently in talks with BB&T to create a financial advising service for clients.

Johns hopes the center will be complete by June.

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Julia Sirb

Julia studied Urban Planning and Economic Development at GSU's School of Policy Studies. She is interested in the way a city's built environment, policy decisions, and economy work together to shape its culture. When not typing, she's writing calligraphy or looking for the next great shot through the lens of her medium format film camera.

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