Kane Sheriff, Hesed House pair up for vocational training

10 Hesed guests receive forklift certification at Kane jail

AURORA – Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain and Hesed House Director Joe Jackson paired up to bring some of the vocational offerings inside the Kane County Adult Corrections Center to people in the community who are in need of enhanced support, officials announced in a news release.

Hesed House staff bused 10 residents to the Sheriff’s Office Training Room June 17 for a forklift certification course. All 10 attendees successfully completed the course and then were provided a job fair in the Sheriff’s Office front lobby, where they were connected to at least four employers each.

“Obtaining relevant job skills and meaningful employment are two of the many hurdles that our guests can face while experiencing homelessness,” Hesed House Director Joe Jackson said in the release. “With that in mind, I am incredibly excited to partner with Sheriff Ron Hain and his team on this project. The program provides our guests with vital skills and employment opportunities in a highly in-demand industry. This will be a wonderful resource in our fight to end homelessness one person, one family at a time.”

Hain agreed.

“It is incumbent on local law enforcement to provide new and dynamic supportive services to the community they serve in order to truly enhance the traditional sound byte that is Police-Community Relations,” he said.

Additional training classes and job fairs are being planned for the remainder of the year.