Economic and Neighborhood Development

Empowering members of the Greater Harrisburg area and surrounding communities remains the driving force behind the Economic and Neighborhood Development (END) department. END programs address the needs of the community through outreach efforts, employment readiness services, and collaborations that support community development.

Outreach is conducted at local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and on the streets. END staff reach individuals seeking employment readiness services through the YWCA and the Center for Employment, Education and Entrepreneurial Development (CEEED). END also facilitates community development, collaboration and projects that promote civic action.

Employment readiness services are provided through the YW-Works program for homeless and underserved members of the community; Supported Employment programs for individuals with dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse) challenges; and Homeless Veterans Reintegration programs for homeless veterans throughout South Central Pennsylvania. These programs provide career development, employment readiness training, case management and transportation to work and access to supportive services.

Community development efforts are offered at the Center for Employment, Education and Entrepreneurial Development (CEEED) located in South Allison Hill. CEEED provides assessment, referral and direct support to members of the community. CEEED highlights the YWCA’s commitment to establishing diverse and proactive communities that support safety, equality and opportunity for all. Services include career planning, job readiness, job placement, job retention, GED and ESL classes, van transportation to work, and childcare.

For more information, contact Marlai Paxton at (717) 234-7931 ext. 3005 or

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