The organization, founded in 1984, is set up to train members of the workforce to fill specific jobs.
With offices already in Manhattan and Queens, America Works last week opened another in Brooklyn across the street from Borough Hall on Court Street.
This group focuses on helping veterans, the homeless, former prison inmates and welfare recipients find jobs. The Brooklyn location has already enrolled over 1,000 participants since opening its doors two months ago.
“We are introducing ourselves in a very grand way,” said Dr. Lee Bowes, CEO of America Works, at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
“One of the great things that we have here in Brooklyn is people and a tremendous amount of talent,” said Comptroller John Liu, who attended the ceremony. He said that despite the uptick in economy, he feels that the unemployment rate in the city is still too high. “Unfortunately, we are significantly higher than the national average.”
There were also some success stories on hand. America Works sent Leonard Prezioso to City Closet Storage six years ago as a part-time maintenance worker. Today, he is property manager at the company's College Point facility.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t keep America Works in my heart,” he said.