Through a wide array of services from Job search assistance to training resources and linkages to community resources, SE Works’ new venture into the Midway district promises to help residents find and keep jobs.

There are “lots of unknowns” at this point, says Nathaly Pretell, who is the Workforce Neighborhood Navigator assisting people in the Midway area as well as the Jade District. Nathaly, who holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development & Social Sciences and speaks Spanish as well as English, has two decades of experience in social services working with families.

The pilot project, funded by the Prosper Portland, just started in January and Nathaly came onboard in March. She says her first steps are focused on outreach. Currently Nathaly is connecting with businesses that might need workers, cultural organizations and churches, and neighborhood groups, such as the DMA.

Representatives of the various multicultural communities in our area will assist Nathaly as well, providing translation and culturally sensitive outreach.

The program goal is to recruit and assist unemployed and underemployed residents to living wage jobs as well as connect district businesses with employees. To that end, Nathaly will provide information to prospective workers on how to access services, training and employment. Hopefully participating individuals will get skill-based jobs via services like training on interview skills and resume writing.

Another goal, and this is crucial, Nathaly says, “Is to strengthen the economic competitiveness of neighborhood business districts.”

To connect with the SE Works (a part of Oregon’s WorkSource network), you may contact Nathaly Pretell at npretell@seworks.org or (503)772.2316.

She has office hours at DMA 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1:30  PM – 3:00 PM.