The Coalition for Responsible Community Development Enterprises (CRCD Enterprises) today celebrated the grand opening of a new facility that will expand its offerings in the South Los Angeles community. CRCD Enterprises is a social enterprise with a California State General ‘’B’’ Contractors license that offers excellent services in the fields of general construction, facilities maintenance and urban infrastructure.
CRCD Enterprises acquired the 4,000-square-foot site at 2415 S. Central Avenue in response to the growing need to address the disproportionately high unemployment rate in South Los Angeles. Renovation was funded in part by a generous $500,000 grant from the NeighborWorks “Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods” initiative. The facility is the first of its kind in the area and will provide job- creation and expansion of their programs to at-risk youth and the formerly incarcerated at the new center.
“Today is a day the South LA community will remember with gratitude, hope, and a great sense of pride,” said Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley. “I applaud the Coalition for Responsible Community Development for continuing to build a legacy of support, and results, for our hard-working families.”
While CRCD Enterprises continues to provide construction, professional painting, facilities management and property maintenance services, the new facility will enable the company to create new jobs in the community allowing team members to exercise their growing skill set to open career pathways and provide family sustaining wages.
“The New 9th District is proud to collaborate closely with CRCD Enterprises to keep our streets clean, fix our sidewalks, remove bulky items, and generally beautify our community,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price, who was on hand at the grand opening celebration. “I am very pleased to see that CRCD Enterprises is addressing the growing need for jobs in our area head on, by providing our community members with the opportunity to obtain meaningful employment.”
The inaugural training class, composed of 20 students, will immediately begin an intensive training program that will require trainees to complete several hundred hours of worksite experience. After completing the initial program, trainees will transition to permanent job placement or continue training programs where they can earn nationally recognized certifications, such as OSHA and HBI-PACT.
“As Los Angeles’ skyline continues to grow, we cannot miss out on the opportunity to prepare our youth for skilled jobs,” said Mark Wilson, president of CRCD Enterprises. “We are excited to be expanding and filling the need to hire locally and sustain our communities.”
For more information about CRCD Enterprises services, please visit www.crcdent.com or call (213) 743- 6193.