DERC is a not-for-profit organization that provides career courses, simulated work experience, and access to local jobs to residents of Durham, North Carolina who have limited education and job experience, as well as other barriers to employment. DERC is modeled after a similar successful program, the Welfare Reform Liaison Project (WRLP), in Greensboro, NC.
Mission Statement The mission of the Durham Economic Resource Center (DERC) is to provide workforce development skills, job placement and the elimination of employment barriers for our clients through facilitated supportive collaborations.
Vision Statement To restore the dignity of all able-bodied individuals by providing a path to meaningful work and/or careers.
WHAT WE DO
DERC is comprised of a workforce development program that includes on-the-job training and a resource center with reduced-cost merchandise to help low income residents stretch their incomes.
Workforce development program
DERC participants complete up to three training modules that include classroom lessons, warehouse training, and career counseling. Because of the depth and breadth of DERC’s training program, as well as the partnerships that have been and are being cultivated in the business community, participants not only acquire the skills needed to obtain gainful employment, but also develop relationships with prospective employers.
The job training program aims to move trainees from unemployment to either employment in their chosen field or to a position where they can pursue educational opportunities that will lead to gainful employment within their chosen fields. DERC aims to replicate the success of WRLP in preparing and placing trainees in jobs, as well as expand upon their model to include other job markets that are currently growing in Durham.
DERC has a 6,000 square foot resource center which serves as a simulated work site for our trainees. Additionally, at the resource center, DERC provides discounted products to member organizations to alleviate the cost of basic needs among the poor, ill, and elderly.
The goal of this program is to offer new, low-cost merchandise to the community so that residents can use their resources for other basic needs. The selection at DERC is constantly being updated, with new items being brought out on a regular basis. Some items include but are not limited to the following:
Men & Women's apparel
And much more!
Durham Economic Resource Center (DERC) will operate in such a way that it is led by the following guiding principles:
Dedication - DERC will be committed to the betterment of Durham and all other communities it serves.
Accessibility – DERC will attempt to meet the needs of all members of its community, regardless of race, socio-economic class, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, language, national origin, immigration status, challenging background or other circumstance.
Empowerment – DERC will encourage and support individuals as well as member organizations in their effort to bring about positive change.
Accountability – DERC will be accountable to those it serves and supports.
Ethics and Integrity – DERC and its people will operate with the highest level of ethics and integrity and will expect the same from its participants and partners.
Collaboration - DERC will strive to partner and collaborate with like-minded organizations and institutions to accomplish its goals.
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2000 Chapel Hill Road Suite 28 Durham, NC 27707 (Lakewood Shopping Center)