Eat’n Park, Wofford ECE to be honored for their commitment to local workers

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group and Wofford ECE Consulting, LLC, will be honored this month by Mon Valley Initiative for their dedication to improving employment opportunities throughout the region.

Their awards will be presented by Mon Valley Initiative July 21 at the organization’s 15th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, to be held at Rankin Christian Center. Also being honored during the breakfast is a local Homestead resident who has become a fierce champion for MVI’s workforce development services.

This year’s keynote speaker is Edward Van Stevenson Jr., managing attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Association. An attorney with more than four decades of experience, Stevenson has devoted his career to representing clients with nowhere else to turn for help; and to mentoring law students and young attorneys.

Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, based in Homestead, will be recognized as 2017’s Outstanding Workforce Employer Partner for recruiting new employees from MVI’s workforce development programs; then providing training and opportunities for advancement at Eat’n Park.

In addition to its flagship family restaurant chain, Eat’n Park also operates Hello Bistro, Parkhurst Dining Services, The Porch at Schenley Plaza and the Delicious Raw Juice Bar.

“Eat’n Park provides our job seekers from throughout the Mon Valley with more than just a wage — they help them build careers,” says Tracey Reaves, MVI director of workforce and business development. “Eat’n Park management also participates on our workforce advisory board and provides constructive feedback that helps us strengthen the services that we offer to people. They get better applicants, and we’re better able to serve job seekers.”

Wofford ECE Consulting, LLC, located in Duquesne, will be recognized as 2017’s Outstanding Community Partner.

“Kweilin Wofford shows a real passion not just for helping connect employers with potential employees, but also for helping our clients understand the importance of proper business management and strong business ethics — she wants to help ordinary people put their lives on track,” says Camille Smith, MVI workforce development specialist and financial coach/job developer.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Kweilin and Wofford ECE Consulting to improve the lives of people throughout the Mon Valley,” she says.

Homestead resident Larry Lee, who began his current career in the hospitality industry after completing the MVI workforce development program, is being honored as 2017’s Outstanding Individual Participant.

“After Larry gained employment, he decided to use his success to help others in need,” Smith says. “He has become a fantastic advocate for the workforce and career services MVI provides, even going out to talk to our donors about his experience at MVI.”

Founded in 1988, Mon Valley Initiative is a regional, non-profit community development organization that offers career improvement and job search assistance, community organizing and outreach, employer services, financial counseling, homebuyer counseling and real estate development. For more information, visit www.monvalleyinitiative.com or call (412) 464-4000.