By DAPO staff

On Feb. 14, the El Monte Parole District in collaboration with the Adult Program unit held its first resource/job fair to assist parolees. Parole Administrator (A) Melanie Reyes and PA II Specialist Santiago Flores collaborated with Elizabeth Munguia and Lorraine Gaeta, representatives of America’s Job Center of California, along with multiple vendors to plan this event.

In attendance were 25 employment/resource providers offering numerous services that included employment opportunities, DMV services, child support services, social security services, housing services, Department of Public Social Services and clothing. The El Monte Parole District Supervisors and Parole agents dedicated their time and financial resources to ensure this job fair was a success. Thirty-seven DAPO staff members assisted with the planning, preparation and execution of the event.

Despite the inclement weather conditions, 246 parolees attended the event and benefited from the services offered by the providers. DMV provided the parolees with their driving records and information on how to obtain California ID’s and driver’s licenses. Clothes The Deal donated business attire for job interviews.

America’s Job Center conducted workshops on resume writing, interviewing techniques, Selective Service registration, and Cal-Jobs registration. Swarthy’s Barber Shop provided complimentary haircuts to enhance parolees presentation during job interviews. Florencio Briones, Senior Field Deputy from the Office of San Gabriel Valley and Supervisor Hilda Solis, attended the event to show support for DAPO’s effort in rehabilitating offenders.

Our collaboration with community partners during this event contributed to DAPO’s mission, to implement rehabilitative strategies that successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities.