Letter from VWDB Director, Judith Velasco – May 2020

Another month has passed since the start of the pandemic, which has brought us into unprecedented and unexpected times. Adaptation, flexibility, and resilience are the traits that we have been forced to hone to make it through, and I want to extend my heartfelt wish that each and every one of you continues to move forward in health and strength.

Though some re-openings begin this month, giving us hope that the pandemic will soon be behind us, we are mindful that even when stay-at-home orders are lifted, our region’s workers and businesses will continue to experience the aftermath of this pandemic for some time to come. We have received three emergency grants which will enable us to support our community, inclusive of services we have not traditionally provided, yet are crucial to individuals’ ability to uphold their lives. I am looking forward to detailing these new grants with you at our upcoming board meeting, and gaining your valued insight and feedback. I am also cognizant that you may have been receiving questions from workers and businesses in need of our services. To address this, we have created a flyer containing guidance for VWDB board members on how to talk about the VJC’s services during COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Operations continue virtually as staff refer clients to unemployment mitigation resources, recruit candidates for the slew of recent openings in grocery stores and other essential businesses, and outreach to companies experiencing layoffs and furloughs. Now more than ever, we will need your expertise to ensure that our efforts are able to help those who need it most. I would like to thank you for your continued engagement, and I look forward to working together to help our community.

Best,

Judith Velasco, Executive Director 

Verdugo Workforce Development Board