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And the Beat Goes On… CACLV Work Ready Self-Empowerment Lecture Series is Rolling On…

Lisa Drew & The Group

We are continuing our Self Empowerment Lecture Series into the spring of 2012 with innovative dynamic community leaders and business owners such as Lisa Drew of she is a certified nutritionist, personal trainer and a supporter of Turning Point of the LehighValley. Her goal is to touch as many lives as possible with the gift of “wellness.”

The trend continues into February with Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams (PhD. MHS Ed D.) speaking to members of our program about reclaiming the special value of their lives. Dr. Williams since 1993 has been the President and CEO of Human Works Affiliates, Inc., a cluster of nine corporations focused on human services. These corporations provide group homes, foster care/

life sharing, supports for individuals living independently, leisure and recreation excursions, training and professional development opportunities, and gift arrangements. He also has his own talk show called Navigating your Life, WFMZ Channel

69 and is the author of 9 books which can be found in more detail on his website He will be gracing us with his presence this Friday February 3, 2012.

We hope to bring even more great speakers from all over the LehighValley within the next few months. A complete schedule of speakers will be updated and distributed soon.

Tentative Schedule:

February 14, 2011 Brittany L. Decker= United Disability Services

February 22, Mary Wilson= Learning Solutions

Any questions please contact LaLonnie Moore 484-821-2959.


CACLV Work Ready Self Empowerment Seminar Continues…


CACLV Work Ready Program Welcomes Luisa Murray Garcia HR Administrator for  Community Action Council  of the Lehigh Valley

CACLV HR Administrator Luisa Murray Garcia

Wednesday August 10, 2011 Luisa Murray Garcia will be visiting the Work Ready program to speak to the participants about the ins and outs of the interview process. She will be conducting mock interviews with members of the audience and giving helpful advice in the hopes of igniting the men and women of the program into action.

Luisa will be discussing proper attire, how do you get past the nervousness, trick questions, how to play up your strengths versus your weaknesses and a host of other amazing topics.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to ask tough questions such as “How do you explain resume gaps in an interview? and “What can former employers REALLY say when asked for a reference for an employee?”

When conducting mini-mock interviews with members of the audience she will have the chance to hit a barrage of questions some of them being, “So, tell me a little about yourself,” “Why are you looking (or why did you leave you last job),” “If your previous co-workers were here, what would they say about you,” and What’s your greatest strength/biggest weakness?”

It is opportunities like this that exemplify this program’s creed: “Urgency, Motivation, Ownership, Learn by Doing, Life Long Learning all lead to Income Improvement.”

CACLV Work Ready Presents Self Empowerment Seminars

 This week CACLV Work Ready presents the next chapter in the Self Empowerment Lecture Series.

 Ways to Work Family Loan Program, will be our featured speaker on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

The Ways to Work Family Loan Program helps working parents to get a low-interest loan to purchase a used car or repair an existing vehicle. We are a non-profit program through Family Answers, Inc. that provides affordable loans to low-income families who lack access to fairly priced loans from traditional lenders because they have poor credit or no credit history.


Earlier this month other power players have visited Work Ready to give words of wisdom and practical advice to help participants get back to the road of success.


Vanessa Chambers herself in her "heyday"

Vanessa Chambers  of Chamberlite Entertainment Inc. (based in Philladelphia,) visited the program on April 28, 2011, the first in a long line of lecturers, discussing with the participants how she was able to survive deplorable conditions to survive against all odds so that she might save herself and her family. She showed the group that if you stay with your convictions and decide when enough is enough, you can well be on your way to success. 

Program Director Dolores Singletary and Vanessa pose for the "paparazzi" at the conclusion of the lecture.

With all the great events happening in North andSouth Bethlehem, Work Ready is reaching out to its participants and the community in which it serves.  In the case of Ms. chambers Work Ready went even further past the ABE area and extended its arms to Philladephia. The goal at Work Ready is Income Improvement. Through the lecture series participants will learn all the necessary skills to get further along the road to success with “self-empowerment” being paramount to hitting the goal.

Participants and guests witnessed the transformation of empowerment as it floated amongst the words of Vanessa Chambers.

The participants who had the good fortune to be present as Ms. Chambers was speaking found the information both troubling yet informative. They heard so many interesting facts and stories that some found it necessary to take notes. One participant, Ashley Jackson even stated, “I have 4 pages of notes!”
On  Thursday 5/4/11, Alfonso Todd of Alfonso Todd & Associates was our our featured speaker for part two of our Self-Empowerment Seminar. Alfonso is known in the Lehigh Valley for creating new and exciting events and promotions benefiting the community.


Alfonso spoke of thinking outside the box. He encouraged all participants to take thier power back by standing up for what you belive in and creating your own opportunities for success.


Students listening to Alfonso and opening thier minds.

 Participants were asked to take notes ansd write papers expressing what important thoughts they got from Mr. Todd’s lecture.
“How you dress and representation is the key, don’t be worried about what people say just worried about yourself to go ahead in life…..knowledge is the key.”
” I hope to try to get some help from one of   our state senators. I’m not sure if I am going to start my own business or to find a Full/Part-Time Job for myself in the area. I hope to find a good job so that I can help pay the bills at home and also get the things our children will need for themselves.”
 “We need to stop depending on people and do things for ourselves for a change. I feel he was right because many people tend to depend on others to do things for them. One day that person is going to be gone and you won’t know what to do because you depended on them too much. “


Mr. Todd made a profound impact on the classroom and opened everyone’s eyes to possibilities. Income Improvement is propelled by Self-empowerment yes, but Todd made sure to convey the message that we are our own motivation to get there.  He invited the entire program to visit the event the city of Bethlehem asked him to promote for the Artswalk downtown on Broad Street. The Prolifick Place at the Downtown ArtsWalk will allow artists to express themselves through music, art, and fashion.

Lessons Learned

Blessings Disguised as Lessons

This has been one rough week for me but it has been one fraught with under cover lessons. It took a bit of soul searching but I decided that sharing what I learned better serves me because I can share a little bit of wisdom with those around me so that they might be blessed too.

I spoke with someone today who made me realize that no matter what you think you have gone through there is always someone who has had it worse. I felt like crying, smiling, laughing and celebrating all at once. it is the type of feeling that takes you back to your childhood, the birth of your first child and the death of a love one. Your emotions run a complete gammut.

No matter what remember this…

No one loves you more than you!

You are loved

God won’t put more on you than you can bear!

Anything worth doing is worth working hard for

Stop looking for Love and love yourself first!

I believe in you

What “J-O-B?”

We are in a recession YIPEEE! Yea Right! Times are hard yes, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need a great game plan. Here is a really simple way to get started on how to re-enter the workforce that I found on the World Wide Web. 

The Job Search Plan


To help job seekers think about the different kinds of jobs they may want to pursue and to come up with a list of places they can visit to learn more about those jobs.

Many people aren’t sure what job they want or where they want to work. You might want to explore your options before starting your job search.

First: Think of places you would like to work and jobs you would like to have.

Second: Identify your skills and develop a resume.

Finally: List places to find out about jobs and people who can help you along the way.

Step 1. Your Job…

What do you want to do? List 5 jobs you might like to do.

Ways to find out about jobs:           

1.      Talking to people you know about their jobs

2.      Visiting an employer

3.      Taking a tour at a company

4.      Looking on the internet

 Step 2. Your Employer…

 Where do you want to work? List 5 places you want to work.

Step 3. Your Skills…

What skills do you have that an employer would want? List 5 skills.

 Step 4. Your Resume…

 A resume tells the employer about you, your work history, and your skills. It should be typed on a piece of paper that you can leave with the hiring manager.

Create a resume that lists

Your name, Your address, Your phone number, Your skills, Your work history, Your education, Your volunteer experience

 Step 5.  Job Postings

List 5 places where you can find out about open jobs.

Step 6.  Your Contacts

List 5 people who can help you find a job.

Camouflage Me

Too many times we fight our nature, we ignore who we are. It is okay to be yourself as long as you know that there will be times where you will have to wear camouflage. This doesn’t mean that you are less than a woman or man; it just means you know how to play the game. What is your Vizyon of yourself? What do you want the world to see? This process is simple as long as you think of it that way. It is not grey at all, it is Black and White. Stop living your life straddling the fence. If you want the world to see who you are 2 things must be done. One, you have to give yourself permission to forgive and move forward. Two you must fill in the blank, “Will the real _____________ please stand up?” That’s it! It’s very simple as long as you can commit to it. So change yourself if you are ready, feel free to grow and learn, love yourself and show the world your VIZYONS!

January 13, 2011

So I asked the question “What is your Vizyon for yourself?” I have had responses that have run the gamut from minor to extreme. However one response I received answers the question perfectly. I would like anyone who reads this to sit and think about it. Any of my program participants who see this I would like to see you give feedback in the comment box directly below. My purpose with this is to see where everyone’s mind is realistically. This is 2011 and the time for change is NOW! Let’s practice Urgency so that you can finally take Ownership of your life in the here and now.

“My Vizyon of myself I must say is, not much. I look at myself as someone who’s failed at everything except being a mom and I’m starting to ask myself if I’ve done a good job at that.”


 “When the world looks at me I want them to see a  very progressive and positive single parent who’s made it in life (maybe a little late, but better late than never.) I want them to see me as an independent woman with a nice car, terrific job, and all the beautiful things life has to offer for my children and myself.”

After I read this I asked the young woman how she planned to accomplish these things… Take a look at what she had to say…


“I hope to get my GED, go to school, get a job that I like and take it from there. I really don’t know where to go and start because I’ve been sitting at home taking care of my kids for so long that I haven’t really had an opportunity to do anything else. I know once I know where to go and what to do I’ll be ok because I’m very determined to get ahead in life.” 

My starting point is getting my GED that to me is very important right now along with taking job readiness classes to see what I can get out of that. I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH EVERYTHING I WANT THIS TIME! I don’t like giving up.  I just wanted to be there for my children, but now I realize that it’s my time to do what I want to do. It’s time to do ME! 

So now what do you all think?

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