An anonymous benefactor donated $10,000 to the Allentown Rescue Mission to help homeless men become more employable. The gift, earmarked for vocational training, will pay for classes and the costs associated with the courses, such as classroom supplies and required safety gear.
In November, the first two men to benefit from this donation began Logistics & Forklift training at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute. Both men recently completed the written part of the course and are looking forward to the technical segment.
“This is really good for us. The guys need training programs to accelerate their ability to leave the shelter. Better paying jobs makes it easier to save money, get an apartment, and be able to live on our own,” commented Mark, a recipient of the training and Clean Team Workforce employee.
The Allentown Rescue Mission will continue to match clients with training opportunities as they become available.
“This is an invaluable opportunity to have homeless men change their lives for the better. This generous donation shows how our donors can make an investment in the lives of the men we serve and it also provides these men with hope for a better tomorrow,” stated David Zinni, Program Manager at the Allentown Rescue Mission.