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Local organizations receive workforce excellence awards

Local organizations receive workforce excellence awards


Red Leaf Organic Coffee, Life Works and Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington each received awards Wednesday from Workforce Southwest Washington.

Red Leaf, which opened in Woodland in 2008, “is a good example of what happens when a business is focused on workforce training, providing great employees, high-quality products, a friendly, professional staff in a welcoming space,” Workforce Southwest Washington said in a press release.

The agency added that Life Works’ Vocational Department assists people with a variety of barriers to obtain and maintain employment in the community.

“By enabling individuals to experience work and learn valuable skills, Life Works creates innovative workforce opportunities that may otherwise have been unavailable,” according to the press release.

Housing Opportunities received the Excellence in Building Workforce Partnerships Award for its efforts to assist homeless veterans and their families throughout the region.

The housing agency’s Veteran Integration Program (VIP) uses local partnerships to provide case management, food, transportation, volunteer and employment services, health care and housing vouchers to help homeless veterans find and maintain affordable housing.

“Due to these efforts, VIP has earned the respect and gratitude of those veterans and partners they serve,” Workforce Southwest Washington wrote.


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