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Economic Vitality

Overcoming Barriers in the Job Market

Jon Vang is a training supervisor at EMERGE Community Development. Based in North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside, EMERGE helps people facing obstacles redefine themselves. The Minneapolis Foundation is a supporter of this nonprofit, which has helped thousands access jobs, financial coaching, supportive housing, and other key services as they build brighter futures.

Jon, who first came to EMERGE as a client, recently sat down to tell us about his path to becoming a training supervisor, the barriers faced by the people he works with—and how it feels when they call him to say they found a job.

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