by BILL DIPAOLO
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
JUPITER — More than 9,000 workers found jobs in 2011 at the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center, the highest number in the last four years, according to the center’s annual report.
“It shows El Sol has built a good reputation for providing good workers. It also shows the economy is improving and people are spending more money,” said ” said Jocelyn Sabbagh, El Sol’s director.
Workers register for jobs such as landscaping, maid service and general labor. Persons seeking workers register and negotiate a salary with the worker.
Opened in 2006, the non-profit center also offers educational and vocational classes, free meals, a food pantry, health fairs and community events such as movies that are free and open to the public. The town rents the building to El Sol for $1 annually.
Workers are not asked their immigration status. On an average day last year, 103 workers came to the center on the southwest corner of Military Trail and Indiantown Road. About 25 of them got a job, according to the report.
El Sol has a $250,000 annual budget. There are three full-time employees and one part-time employee. Except for the town paying its electric bill, the 501 c 3, non-profit organization survives on donations and grants. Read More