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Jobs Club Spotlight

Meet Marca Pelenal. Marca is from Liberia and moved to Philadelphia escaping the revolution in LIberia back in the 90's. She came to PUP last fall needing help to save her home from foreclosure and needing a job. Marca started coming to PUP's Jobs Club and attended our Digital Essentials Workshops where she was the first to earn a certificate while working with PUP's elite Housing Counselors. Today Marca's home has been saved and she is now working full time with American Home Care earning a good wage and living comfortably.


Working for Better Transportation Options to the Suburbs

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project has been providing car pools to help inner city workers get to decent paying jobs in the suburbs for over a decade. However, programs like this are few and far between. SEPTA brings thousands of workers into the city every day, but getting to jobs in many parts of the surrounding suburbs by public transportation is extremely difficult.

A study by the Brookings Institute found that only 24% of jobs in the Philadelphia region are accessible in less than 90 minutes by SEPTA. 36% of Philadelphians have no cars with up to 50% of people in many inner city neighborhoods doing without their own vehicle.

That's why we're fighting to increase funding for programs like PUP's Commuter Options. To get involved in the fight for transportation justice, call us at 215-557-0822.

Philly mismatch: Car-less city folks can't fill jobs in 'burbs

Commentary: Jobs in suburbs are inaccessible to city residents who lack transportation opportunities





Helping People Make It In Philadelphia

PUP's Commuter Options program is supplying brand new vehicles to these new hires for good paying jobs at RGIS in Chester County. For more information about getting a vehicle to help you and your crew get back and forth to work in the burbs where SEPTA can't get you to call 215-557-0822 x110.


In a 2013 study the Brookings Institutution found that the Philadelphia metropolitan area was fourth worst in the nation for the percentage of jobs found more than ten miles outside of its center city,  making our region one of the most decentralized large metros in the US from an employment perspective.

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