A community delegation of more than a dozen members and advocates met with Assembly Member Steve Otis and a representative from the office of State Senator George Latimer, part of a coordinated statewide day of action to gain support for top immigrant priorities including driver's licenses, immigration services, tuition assistance, and workers' rights.
Over a dozen students graduated last month from CRC's 2016 Restaurant Training series. Building on past successes and conducted by the NYC chapter of ROC-United, the comprehensive 6 week workforce development program consisted of hands on training enabling participants to flourish within the restaurant industry. After completion of the training, students are equipped to earn official industry certification. Past graduates have gone on to successful careers as chefs and other key positions!
We are proud to announce that CRC's application to the Board of Immigration Appeals for accreditation to provide immigration legal services has been approved. This status will bolster our ability to provide critical services to thousands of community members in need of assistance. Our official BIA representative will be Janet Rolon.
This month, Community Resource Center has entered into a grant partnership with the National Domestic Worker Alliance to build on domestic worker organizing in Westchester County in 2016. Our Worker's Rights Advocate Marrisa Senteno will be leading efforts throughout the region.
We thank all of our partners who made our first annual Gala as Community Resource Center a remarkable success. Nearly 250 supporters joined us to honor various individuals who have been an instrumental part of our history and celebrate our accomplishments over the past year. We also put forth a special appeal to raise funds during the event toward our domestic violence program. By night's end, we nearly doubled our goal!
On December 1st, our organization had the privilege and honor of hosting one of several statewide fact-finding hearings held by Governor Cuomo's Task Force to Combat Worker Exploitation. The task force brings together advocates and government officials to produce recommendations that will enhance protections for low-wage workers throughout New York.