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Workforce Development

Friendly House’s Workforce Development Program empowers individuals and families in the community to become self-sufficient through education, job placement, and occupational training.
Overall objectives of the Workforce Development Department include:

  • To provide a seamless workforce development system that meets the unique needs of each eligible individual enrolled in the program.

  • To meet the workforce needs of high demand/targeted industries in the greater Phoenix area as well as other businesses in need of qualified and skilled employees.

For more than 15 years, Friendly House has been awarded Workforce Development contracts valued at more than $15 million. Friendly House has trained and placed thousands of individuals in high demand occupations. These individuals have earned over $60 million in taxable income that has been reinvested into the local economy.

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Programs and Services

APS Lineworker Scholarship

Friendly House will provide support to scholarship recipients through case management services to ensure that they are successful throughout the school year and that they are prepared to be the best possible candidates for a Lineworker Career.  Friendly House will guide the students through any academic processes, coordinate the process to obtain their CDL, become CPR certified, and provide any necessary supportive services while they are in the program to help ensure their success.

Justice Reinvestment

The Justice Reinvestment Program is a groundbreaking initiative designed to address and rectify the disproportionate rates of arrest and incarceration within our communities. Focused on providing essential support to individuals directly impacted by systemic issues in the criminal justice system, this program employs a holistic approach centered on case management and the coordination of comprehensive services.

Featured Story

While applying for a senior level position, Satish Aravelli was made aware that he lacked the necessary credentials to secure the position he was applying for. His background indicated that he would be an excellent candidate for the position, but he did lack a crucial credential. Mr. Aravelli was encouraged and motivated to obtain the credentials necessary so he can be a stronger applicant for the Sr. Program Manager position he was applying for at a highly sought after web-based distribution agency. 

After successfully completing his training program and receiving his credentials, Mr. Aravelli was offered and accepted a job as a Sr. Software Engineer II with a nationally recognized company.  This company is a prominent technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions.  Mr. Aravelli was understandably humbled and excited to accept the position with the company upon completion of the very extensive and thorough background check. Mr. Aravelli has expressed that he is very thankful for the agency’s ability to serve members of the community and individuals like him. 

Programs and Services
Featured Story
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Four scholars were selected to receive the APS Lineworker scholarship award to attend Yavapai college for the 2023-2024 academic year. 
This year we had our first female in the APS Lineworker program!
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Workforce Development Contact:

Patricia Zazueta

patricia.zazueta@friendlyhouse.org

(602) 492-9876

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