For 40+ years, Lao Family has offered an extensive menu of quality specialized jobs, and career and employment programs.

We work with individuals experiencing various life, work, and financial situations. We offer service in 35+ languages, including after regular work hours and through mobile units. Our trained staff is culturally informed on best practices. They actively engage individuals and families to participate in creating measurable goals and objectives. Our work together leads to economic independence and community connections.

We are working with 50+ sustaining prevention and intervention solution contracts with 16 government Partners, Foundations, Donors and Enterprises. Our Core Programs are 10 to 40-year contracts—partnerships with 1000+ groups.



» Career Pathways for Education + Training

Career and Employment Programs identify long-term employment and career pathways and address barriers to employment.

» Refugee Employment + Supportive Services

Refugee Employment Programs focus on refugees and asylees who have been in the US for less than 60 months or five years.

» Limited English + Native English Language Employment Programs

Limited English and Native English Language Employment Programs assist CalWORKs people with limited English proficiency and job skills, as well as native English-speaking participants who are mandated to work to obtain and retain employment on the path to self-sufficiency and earned income.

» SETA WIOA Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth

» On-the-Job Training Program (OJT)

» CDSS-Dept. of Rehabilitation Disability Service

» CalWORKs Career Pathway to Employment

» Reentry Population Employment Training

» Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs

» Oakland Prison to Employment (P2E)

» ACPD and CCC AB109 Housing and Employment Programs

» ESL/HS Diploma/ Career Education (HCCTS)

» Refugee Career Pathway—Community Colleges Bridge (Peralta, CCC, Los Rios College Districts)

» CNA Certification + Other Healthcare Fields with Employment Placement

» Non-traditional Apprenticeship Programs

Our programs are focused on Healthcare, Transportation and Logistics, Maritime, Skilled Trades, and Workforce Professions. Our target populations include women, transitional-aged youth, seniors, disabled populations, immigrants, refugees, and reentry populations.


» Specialized and unique aspects of Lao Family's programs and supports include //



» The Extended Subsidized Employment (ESE) Program

Provides subsidized employment for Sacramento job-ready CalWORKs or refugee participants ready to move into a subsidized employment position for up to 180 days and then transition into permanent jobs. Lao Family provides the employer with a wage subsidy for a limited time and amount per a written agreement.

Lao Family job coaches, career counselors, and job developers provide career planning, integrating it with ongoing support and counseling to employees/trainees and support the employers, too. We serve as a trusted partner and can be a liaison with the employee and employer. Our job coaches/counselors will continue to meet with the employee/trainee to monitor progress and assist with ongoing needs as they continue their employment at the company. Lao Family will provide job coaching, mentoring and work performance assistance to ensure success. Our agency also offers integrated, wrap-around, and supportive services to the employee/trainee. Work site supervisors and participants ensure that employability is enhanced and work site expectations are met. We will monitor the progress of the employee/trainee and mediate the challenges to ensure continued retention and success. Lao Family can also assist employers with developing specific industry training modules through local educational entities and workforce system partners.

» Description of the CalWORKs–Work Experience (WEN), Community Service (CS), Vocational Training (VT) Programs:

The above programs target California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Welfare-to-Work (WTW) participants through funding support from the Alameda County Social Services Agency. These programs aim to engage participants in various work experience activities to transition them into unsubsidized, permanent, full-time direct employment with career pathways and good wages with benefits.

The Work Experience (WEN) activities help CalWORKs Welfare to Work (WTW) participants practice and upgrade their job skills at a temporary job site, which may be paid or unpaid. Partnerships are made with public or private nonprofit agencies or with for-profit employers.

The Community Service (CS) is an unpaid work-related activity for CalWORKs Welfare to Work (WTW) public and private nonprofit sector participants. The CS programs include projects that serve a helpful community purpose in health, social services, environmental protection education or recreation.

The Vocational Training (VTR) allows the participant to participate in vocational training through online courses offered through ULearn, college education, GED/H.S. diploma classes, and (Vocational) English as a Second Language.

» Goals of the Programs

The overall goals of the programs are to provide opportunities for Clients (participants) to gain valuable work experience. We achieve this by providing our clients with helpful community service, vocational training related to employment goals, and transitioning participants to long-term, sustainable employment.

» How We Work

Lao Family meets with individuals/families to identify and plan the most effective service plan to help them attain economic independence and social sufficiency. These may be through employment readiness and job programs, ensuring that we offer a comprehensive service menu to meet the person’s needs, preferences, and strengths, and outlining measurable objectives and outcomes.

» Services We Offer

We welcome walk-ins. We offer in-person one-on-one intake, appraisal, assessment, full-service care plan and case management, and follow-up retention services. The employment services provide a wide selection of job readiness, on-the-job, career technical, and educational training. We offer workshops on resume writing, interviewing techniques, and workplace safety. We connect and link individuals to programs like Vocational/English as a Second Language (VESL/ESL), CalWORKs (California Work Opportunities and Responsibility for Kids), CalFresh, General Assistance or TCVAP (Trafficking and Crime Victims Assistance Programs).

» Career Opportunities at Lao Family

Check out our organization’s current list of internships, fellowships, and career opportunities HERE. Please visit our Contact page and reach out to discuss any unpaid volunteer opportunities to work with Lao Family. We look forward to connecting with you!

Lao Family Community Development is an equal-opportunity employer.




4 Locations in OAKLAND , 5 Locations in SACRAMENTO, 3 Locations in SAN PABLO, and 4 Casitas.


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