Today, in downtown Portland, the City of Portland honored two Clean & Safe staff: past Central City Concern staffer Stephany Noll who picked up litter and debris from Portland’s streets, and security guard Ken Sterns who is a private security presence in downtown.
Clean & Safe is a program of the Portland Downtown Business Improvement District and is designed to keep a 213-block area of downtown Portland clean and safe for visitors and residents alike.
Central City Concern operates the “clean ” portion of Clean & Safe and employs roughly 20 people at any one time in six-month cleaning positions. Stephany began her employment with Clean & Safe in September 2008. She completed the program and greatly impressed her supervisors. Frequently, Clean & Safe employees have histories of incarceration, addiction and homelessness and they are working to reintegrate into the community. Stephany had come to the program after a 13-month prison sentence.
When Clean & Safe employees are nearing completion, they participate in Central City Concern’s “Life After Clean & Safe” array of classes at CCC’sEmployment Access Center. The classes address job readiness, resume writing, job search techniques and interviewing skills. Participants may also access one-on-one assistance with the job hunting process.
Central City Concern’s Employment Access Center put Stephany in touch with a warehouse job opportunity. She impressed the employer and she was promptly hired. She has worked for Universal Recycling Technologies for 18 months.
Ken has been with Clean & Safe for almost eight years and brings more than 25 years of law enforcement experience to Portland’s downtown business district.