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Proteus turns 45 with May 10 event

Proteus turns 45 with May 10 event

Proteus, Inc. will commemorate its 45-year history with an anniversary jubilee event to be held on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center.   The jubilee will feature a no-host social hour, dinner, entertainment, dancing, and a tribute to Proteus’s history and customers.  The musical group, Sosa Sisters, and world-renowned illusionist, Joseph Tran, will perform.

Proteus, Inc. was born in 1967 via a grant given to the Tulare County Community Action Agency by the Farmworker Division of the National Office of Economic Opportunity.  Proteus, Inc., then called Proteus Adult Training, operated a single Adult Basic Education class for low-income residents of Tulare County out of the basement in the old Visalia jailhouse.

Today, Proteus’s service delivery area expands five counties with 55 diverse programs being operated out of 30 offices, individual one-stop locations, and three mobile units.

“Our Mission was, and continues to be, “to serve those in need.”  For that reason, I must thank those who served on the Proteus Board of Directors and those who served as employees, both past and present; and most of all, the thousands of customers who, through the years, chose Proteus to be their lifelines. Without their motivation to succeed, Proteus would not exist,” shares Michael E. McCann, Proteus, Inc. CEO.

Three customers will be recognized at the jubilee for embodying the true essence of Proteus, Inc.’s Mission.  Zechariah Penn was an out-of-school youth with no employment history when he visited the Dinuba Service Center looking for help.   Proteus helped Zechariah with job readiness services such as resume and interview preparation, job search, internship, and ultimately job placement.

Teresa Mendoza was referred to the Kerman Service Center in 2000 for assistance.   Enrolled in the youth program, Teresa was able to receive language tutoring, food, clothes, and INS assistance.   She returned to Proteus in 2010, participating in Proteus’s farmworker program.  Teresa received tuition and transportation funds to attend school.

Martin Mora Jr. had no work experience, no vehicle, and unstable living conditions when he walked into the Fresno Service Center in 2010 looking for a job.  Martin was enrolled in a work-experience training contract at the center and received supportive services for clothing.

Find out how these three customers’ stories unfold by attending Proteus’s 45th Diamond and Sapphire Jubilee!

Tickets are on sale now for $25.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Michelle Engel-Silva at (559) 735-3670.

Proteus, Inc. is a non-profit, community-based organization with over 45 years of experience serving farmworkers and other low-income residents in the counties of Fresno, Kings, Kern, Tulare and Los Angeles. Some of the programs Proteus, Inc. offers include adult basic and vocational education, job training, employment-related services, family self-sufficiency, gang prevention, childcare, and other human services programs aimed at helping individuals and families.  Proteus, Inc. is also a California Award of Performance Excellence (CAPE) award winner.

For more information, contact Michelle Engel-Silva at (559)735-3670 or visit www.proteusinc.org.

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