May 31, 2018


SunTrust Foundation Grant to Help Homeless Residents Achieve Self-Sufficiency

SunTrust Foundation Grant to Help Homeless Residents Achieve Self-Sufficiency
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Betty Galan, Senior Manager of Development, Chapman Partnership; Sharon Gold, Community Outreach Coordinator; Chapman Partnership, Paco Gonzalez, South Florida Market President, SunTrust Bank; Lisa Magrino, Chief Operating Officer, Chapman Partnership; Jennifer A. Gotlewski, Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice Client Manager, Vice President, SunTrust Bank; Evan Rees, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, SunTrust Bank; Melanie Garman, Community Development Manager, South Florida, SunTrust Bank; H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO, Chapman Partnership; Flavia Llizo, VP, Development and Marketing, Chapman Partnership;Etzer Duffaut, Program Services Manager, Chapman Partnership; Vickie Hopta, Grants Management Consultant, Chapman Partnership.

SunTrust Foundation has awarded a $118,000 grant to fund Chapman Partnership’s new Empower You program in Miami, Fla. The workforce orientation and job readiness training program will help homeless job seekers obtain employment. With guidance from Chapman Partnership employment specialists, program participants will learn to market their existing skills and abilities to compete for local jobs. “We’re proud to support the Empower You career readiness program since its objective to make self-sufficiency possible aligns with our focus on financial confidence,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation.

The Empower You four-week program will instruct homeless job seekers about writing cover letters and résumés and offer interviewing tips and mock interviewing. The program also will provide residents with soft skills such as guidance in attitudes and behaviors to display in a work environment. Portions of SunTrust Foundation’s financial support will also be allocated to purchase and develop Empower You’s curriculum, cover job search expenses, offer child care, fund on-site employee specialists, provide program incentives to motivate residents, and more. SunTrust teammates will take the lead on Empower You through the launch of a one-year pilot program, volunteering to conduct weekly sessions to impart their workplace expertise to Chapman Partnership residents.

Congratulations SunTrust Banks, Inc.!