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Video Tour of SER – a Houston Non-Profit Helping the Under-Employed Get Jobs

Join SER's 47th Anniversary Gala in Houston on April 20, 2012.

A few months ago the Construction Citizen team toured the offices and training facilities of SER – Jobs for Progress and wrote about this Houston organization which helps people from low-income neighborhoods turn their lives around by finding careers in a variety of fields including construction. In the video below, Executive Director Nory Angel walks through the facility explaining room by room many of the services SER offers.

She talks about the variety of clients who come to SER and the steps a client takes when coming to SER for help getting a job.  These include evaluation, working with a “career coach”, and “business etiquette training”, which goes beyond job-readiness skills such as resume writing and includes tips for building rapport with interviewers.  Client/students also take different training courses, depending on their interest.  These courses include classroom training as well as “hands on” training.  Some of the products which have been produced such as traditional rustic wooden ice chests and Adirondack chairs may be available for purchase online next year.

In a year-end recap of SER’s accomplishments, Nory reported that in 2011 SER had:

“Trained more than 400 low-income youth and adults for Green Collar Jobs in Green Core Construction, Weatherization, Home Energy Rater, HVAC, Concrete Technician, OSHA and Concrete Countertop manufacturing.”

On April 20, SER will be hosting their 47th Anniversary Gala “Built to Last” at the Rice Lofts in downtown Houston.  The event will celebrate SER’s success in transforming lives, and honor key contributors.  Proceeds for the event will help fund the many programs which will continue to help give people a “second chance” at life.  If you would like to contribute to this worthy endeavor, you can register to attend this event or donate to the organization on their website.

Now take a tour of SER by enjoying the following video.

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