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Non-Profit FIT Expands to Help More Unemployed Nevadans

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The ribbon cutting for FIT's expansion. The ribbon cutting for FIT's expansion.
LaTonya Lindsey is a client at FIT. LaTonya Lindsey is a client at FIT.

LAS VEGAS -- A local non-profit is expanding to help more unemployed Nevadans get back on their feet. The Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, or FIT, has upgraded its facility and resources to respond to a more demanding job market.

FIT has been around since 1997. Its goal is to help people get back to work with the right job training and coaching. The non-profit has stepped up its programs to help students become even more valuable in today's changing job market. 

It is celebrating a new chapter with the expansion of its Las Vegas facility that has helped tens of thousands of Nevadans walk away from the unemployment line.

"You can teach a person to fish or you can give them fish to feed them for a day, that's how I feel," said Janet Blumen, the founder of FIT.

She founded the organization 17 years ago. It helps job seekers with everything from resume building to basic computer classes. This year, FIT expanded its facility near MLK and Lake Mead boulevards with the help of grants and donations. Now, students can get a  post-secondary certification be anything from a medical assistant to Microsoft specialist.

"Employers are just more picky now. They are far more demanding," Blumen said.

FIT provides the training free of charge. Melinda Beasley used to work in construction and got laid off two years ago. She came to FIT recently to get certified to become a computer specialist.

"If you don't have money to go to school, if you don't qualify for grants, what do you do? That's where this kind of place is a godsend, you know," Beasley, a single mother, said.

"It was awesome, really amazing, it's a blessing," former FIT client Amber Hoover said.

She is a single mother of four who has taken several courses at FIT over the past year. She got a job recently conducting product surveys. Hoover, who has a criminal history, says FIT gave her the confidence and skills to change her life.

"They help me get past that and there's a future after it," Hoover said.

As FIT expands its facility, the non-profit will have the additional room, staff, and courses to offer more people a chance to brighten their employment future.

"The need was out there, we wanted to respond to the need and expanding was the way we can do that," Blumen said.

FIT also provides resources like free bus passes, clothes and even daycare services to their qualified clients. The average yearly salary for people who get a job with the help of FIT is as much as $30,000.

 

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