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COPS / Metro Can't Stop - 
Pushes Through an Additional $700K for Project QUEST! 

San Antonio, TX - One month after winning a living wage hike to $13 / hour for City and County workers, COPS / Metro gritted through an additional month of action to expand City funding for workforce development program Project QUEST by 47% -- from $1.5 Million to $2.2 Million!  

Leaders hounded the City Council of San Antonio throughout the budget hearings, sending dozens of leaders to ensure Council members were aware of COPS / Metro's eyes on them at all times.  When the City held budget hearings at neighborhood libraries and community centers, leaders infiltrated them, stirring up conversations about the price of college education and the need for affordable and debt-free job training.  As a result, the City dramatically expanded access to workforce development with $700 thousand additional dollars.  

In 2014, QUEST served 1,059 participants by assisting with tuition and fees, text books, supplies, childcare, transportation, emergency assistance, career coaching and job placement.  The program graduated 340 individuals into 29 high demand occupations ranging from healthcare to information technology to professional trades.  The average wage per hour for QUEST graduates was $22 / hour.   

Led  by Sr. Pearl Ceasar, Project QUEST has a high completion rate of 80%, an 86% job placement rate and a 90% job retention rate.  

Project QUEST was established at COPS / Metro's initiative, in partnership with the City of San Antonio, the State of Texas and San Antonio business leaders.


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Valley Interfaith Breaks New Ground in Raymondville, TX
Wins $28K for VIDA 

Raymondville, TX - In a city with a population of 11,153 people, Valley Interfaith leaders leveraged an investment of $2.50 per resident into workforce development program VIDA - $28,000.  This represents the first time for Raymondville, TX.  

Rosalie Tristan and Chris Calderon, from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic, led the charge to break new ground.  Through research actions with the Mayor, Commissioners and heads of the Economic Development Corporation, they discovered latent support.  At one point the Mayor said, "I will vote for this if you can ensure that the money and the votes are in place."  Heartened, leaders continued pushing, securing the support of business leaders.

When the Mayor wavered, leaders identified Commissioners like Eziquiel Cavazos who promised to "go to the mat."  Leaders packed the meeting space -- lining up VIDA graduates to tell their stories of liberation from poverty and with Valley Interfaith leaders who promised they would not forget the outcome of the vote.

When the vote was called it received unanimous support.    


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