We Create H.O.P.E. 

We believe all people of color can be leaders in their own lives when given the proper resources to enhance their own economic and education goals.

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Our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)

We provide services to reintegrate homeless veterans into the labor force by placing them into family-sustaining employment and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homelessness.

Our Illinois Youth Investment
Program (IYIP)

We develop and provide a range of employment related services to youth ages 18-24 with the goals of job placement, job retention, educational/vocational linkage and increased household income for increased self-sufficiency.

Our Programs

Skills Building
The Business Center works to develop new skill sets with veterans, returning citizens and dislocated workers who are re-starting their job search in selected industries. We transition many of our clients to employers who have negotiated a temporary to permanent work arrangement (TJ - Transitional Jobs). This is essential for our client population as advocacy from training to placement guarantees a higher level of sustained work periods.

Employment Placements
Collectively, our Workforce Team has employer relationships with more than 100 companies across 15 industries throughout the city of Chicago and in Cook Suburban areas.

Coaching, Mentoring & Individual Career Tutoring
Our Business Service Representatives are passionate about their work and their clients. We provide individual coaching and tutoring for pre-employment testing. We also serve as mentor to many of the individuals that we serve.

Hiring Events
We hosts hiring events with employers whom are ready to hire our “work ready” clients on the spot.

About Us

We believe in creating and delivering H.O.P.E.

  • Healing: of trauma to move forward
  • Opportunity: To enter the world "prepared" to secure individual success
  • Prosperity: To sustain ones own self and family life
  • Empowerment: To Educate, counsel, and build skills for self sufficiency

Our Growing List of Partners

Interested in Partnering?

Our Team

Keisha Norris

Director of Workforce
Training & Business
Development

knorris@ofcolorinc.org

About Keisha

Ladon Brumfield

Project Manager
Training & Financial
Literacy Manager

lbrumfield@ofcolorinc.org

About Ladon

Board Members

Jonathan Stacy

Board Chair

About Jonathan

Melina Higbee

Board Secretary

About Melina

Brenda Duncan

Board Treasurer

About Brenda

Eugene Grandberry

Board Member

About Eugene

Shelia Guillame

Board Member

About Shiela

Matt Strauss

Board Member

About Matt

We're Hiring

We're hiring for the following positions below.

Business Service Representative (BSR)

Our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

Under thesupervision of the Director of Workforce Development and BusinessOperations, the Business Service Representative (BSR) develops andprovides a range of employment related services primarily to clientsin the with the goals of job placement, job retention and increasedhousehold income for increased self-sufficiency.

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Clinical Therapist (CT)

The ClinicalTherapist provides individual, group and family therapy services. This position will also conduct psycho educational, cognitivebehavior therapeutic (CBT) and trauma informed workshops as well ascrisis assessments.

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Business Service Representative
(BSR)

Illinois Youth Investment Program

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Business Service Representative (BSR) develops and provides a range of employment related services primarily to clients in the with the goals of job placement, job retention and increased household income for increased self-sufficiency.

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