Green Jobs at CESC

For many years, CESC has been a part of job creation and especially green jobs.  Check out the article in Oakland North with our own Tyi Johnson.

Family Sustainability Project in the Richmond Standard

North Richmond homes receiving free remediation to reduce asthma triggers
by Mike Aldax

Families in two North Richmond homes are breathing easier after experts kick-started a free remediation initiative targeting properties that house children with asthma.
This year, the Berkeley-based Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) is tasked with ridding 30 North Richmond homes of asthma triggers such as dust and mold as part of the Family Sustainability Project funded by Chevron Richmond.

“What we’re doing is we’re going into homes of children with asthma and working to make their homes as trigger-free as possible,” said Martin Bond, CESC executive director.

Chevron has pledged $295,000 toward the program this year and another $300,000 for more remediation projects in 2015, said Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager with Chevron Richmond.

The two homes that have already benefited from the free remediation had dust-friendly carpet flooring replaced with linoleum, Bond said. Other services included plumbing repairs, a ventilation retrofit and educational trainings.

CESC workers not only identify the problems but also conduct a wide range of construction services, including replacing a dry wall with mold, fixing a cracked window or cleaning filtered vacuums.

CESC, which partners with the Breathmobile, an RV that acts as a rolling asthma clinic, has also been visiting local schools and childcare centers such as Verde Elementary and Las Deltas to educate residents and to identify homes needing remediation.

One of the coolest aspects of the program is that some program staffers are themselves North Richmond residents. As part of the Family Sustainability Project, a holistic program addressing chronic unemployment as it relates to housing and healthcare access, neighborhood residents are being hired for a four-month job shadow program that will train them for careers in construction and administration.

The trainees are not only paid but receive health benefits, Bond said.

To date, there have been four trainees hired.  Two have completed their internship, and two are halfway through their respective positions in administration and construction.

“One is in the office doing paperwork, data processing, phone calls and outreach, while the other is in a construction technician role,” Bond said regarding the on-the-job training.

Trainees are provided laptops they can keep after the program ends in order to help them search for jobs in their new careers. Bond said CESC is seeking for more applicants from North Richmond.

As part of the 16-week program, trainees meet weekly to discuss professional development including resume building and interviewing and even take strength-finder tests to identify which jobs fit them best, said Joanna Perez-Green, CESC marketing manager.

“The goal is to have the interns skilled, confident and ready for work when they graduate,” Perez-Green said.

For more information, contact the folks at the Northern California Breathmobile, a program run by the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc.,

New Program for Asthma Awareness Month

In time for Asthma Awareness Month, CESC is proud to announce the Family Sustainability Project, a new program that provides services to reduce asthma outbreaks for asthmatic youth in the North Richmond Community.  This program was developed in partnership with the Prescott-Joseph Center and Chevron to address existing needs.  PJC’s Breathmobile, a mobile asthma clinic, will provide medical services to children in North Richmond including routine checkups, and refer them to CESC.  From there, we will provide in-home assessments, retrofits to remove asthma triggers and education to help families better manage their disease and their homes.  This program provides a holistic approach to disease management and enables asthmatics to better manage the condition.  You can read more about FSP in Chevron’s post below:

Chevron Richmond Proud to Support Effort to Help Richmond Children Stay Healthy and to Provide Workforce Development Training
Families in North Richmond will now have access to vital health services for children and much-needed home remediation services through a unique economic development project funded by a grant from Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (Chevron Richmond).

The Family Sustainability Project is a holistic program that addresses issues of chronic unemployment, economic hardship around housing and access to quality healthcare. The project is a collaborative effort between Community Energy Services Corporation and the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc., which adopts a comprehensive approach to address the cycle of poverty, recognizing the link between a community’s economic viability and the physical health of its residents.

The program includes a Breathmobile® that will visit schools and childcare centers throughout the North Richmond community to provide much-needed healthcare access for students with respiratory illness. The Breathmobile® is designed to identify chronic health issues in children with moderate to severe respiratory illness. Studies have shown that similar programs in other parts of the country reduced hospitalizations for school-age children by as much as 80 percent, making it possible for these students to perform better in school without frequent interruption.

Additionally, the Breathmobile® will refer families of children with moderate-to-severe respiratory illness to the Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC), which will provide home remediation services to remove asthma triggers. CESC visits include consultations with the student’s parents or guardian on ways to improve the home environment and eliminate triggers that cause asthma attacks, including mold, dust, dirt and rodents, among others.
The program also includes workforce development and training.  Four people will receive hands-on and classroom training, along with career development skills and career assistance to achieve fulltime employment. Through this project, they will gain an understanding of the skills required to perform home remediation jobs and much needed practical experience. Additionally, the program will be offering internships to Medical Assistant and RN students on the Breathmobile® and paid internships to new graduates from a Medical Assistant and/or RN program.

Chevron Richmond is proud to invest in the Family Sustainability Project and empower families in North Richmond by supporting the community organizations and programs that reach people in need. The project is transforming communities by providing access to vital health services for children and families and providing much needed home remediation services.

To learn more about the Breathmobile® and the Family Sustainability Project, click here. Find out how Chevron Richmond is supporting meaningful programs in this community here.

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