The Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) Adult Program Unit along with Compton Community College and the Harbor Parole District held a Reentry Employment and Resource Fair at Compton Community College on July 11. According to organizers, it was successful with 30 resource providers offering employment, vocational trade opportunities and various other social and community services.
Some of the providers attending included Department of Public Social Services, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Public Housing, Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Child Support Services, Narcotics Anonymous, Cal Trans, Career Expansion, Go-Staff, Employment Development Department, and a host of other community resource providers.
There were 96 participants in attendance, attentive and eager to gain information. Each provider spoke briefly about the resources they offer while the participants attentively listened. They were eager to meet with resource providers as they went from table to table, gaining information, asking questions and taking valuable information away with them. Some of the participants left with gifts, as they were fortunate to participate in several raffles during the fair.
There were guest speakers in attendance as well such as Compton City Council Woman Tana McCoy; Giovanni Zuniga, Representative of the Office of Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike A. Gipson; Joan Bys, Parole Administrator for Adult Program Unit, and Compton Community College Student Service Adviser Dr. Joseph Lewis.
Jason Johnson, Chief Deputy Regional Administrator was also in attendance along with Parole Administrator Diana Ronquillo, Harbor District and Vincent Thompson, Los Angeles Central District. The participants received an abundance of valuable information and resources to assist in their successful reintegration back into the community. The Adult Program Unit continues to build strong partnerships with community service providers that will assist justice-involved individuals with building strong foundations to improve their lives.