Need info on employment, immigration, clearing criminal records? This conference will offer a wealth of resources – Port Arthur News

Need info on employment, immigration, clearing criminal records? This conference will offer a wealth of resources

Posted at 12:28 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

From how to find a job and healthcare to how to help clean up a criminal record, a variety of topics will be discussed Thursday evening at the Port Arthur United for Change Multicultural Conference.

And the hope, said event co-organizer Zulema Escobedo, is to bring people to programs and help they might not otherwise have experienced.

“One day we were talking and we said, ‘How can we show the community that we actually care? ‘” Escobedo said of Port Arthur United. “All these programs that people hear about but don’t know where to go. I didn’t know we had two detox programs in this area. When someone asked me for one, I would go to Google and send it to Galveston.

The event, which takes place Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, brings attendees in front of about a dozen different organizations.

Alysha Hill, liaison for Texas Workforce in Port Arthur, said they would be there hoping to educate the public on a variety of programs available for free.

“We can put them through school to learn the skills for a (commercial driver’s license), bookkeeping, carpentry, and we can fund it,” she said. “You have to be eligible for the program. But that’s basically what Workforce does – things the community may not know about.

The workforce will also receive free General Education Diploma and English as a Second Language classes, as well as free childcare for employees.

The list of speakers also includes Fabiana Baum of the law firm Provost Umphrey, who will speak about immigration programs and changes.

Christina Martinez will be on hand to educate on Obamacare and Medicare, especially benefit recipients who may be eligible and may not be aware.

Levy Barnes will talk about incentives for those looking to purchase personal or investment properties.

“A lot of people don’t know that the City of Port Arthur provides between $15,000 and $40,000 for a down payment on a house,” Escobedo said.

Jozette Rubin with the Affordable Connectivity Program will have information on how to get free tablets.

Author Harry Abrams will talk about mental health and available resources. Harbor Commissioner Linda Spears will talk about youth summer camps and maritime employment opportunities.

Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam will explain if and how misdemeanors and felonies can be removed from a person’s record. And Shanelle Lawson from Lamar State College Port Arthur will tell you how to get scholarships.

“With my daughters, I never understood why they only had small scholarships and someone else paid for their entire education,” Escobedo said. “Lamar State College will talk about how to apply for these scholarships.”

The keynote speaker will be multi-millionaire Nate Auffort, a friend of Escobedo who resides in Dallas.

“He was in a really bad place seven years ago,” she said, noting that he was able to turn his life around in a short time. So she called and asked him to speak, explaining that the nonprofit would not be able to pay him for his time or travel expenses.

“He had the vision and said, ‘I’m going to do it. I like to give back and it’s a good thing you all do,'” she said. everyone will be informed.”