Employment center opens in Loxahatchee Groves

Reporter: Alex Zequeira

Laborers in Loxahatchee Groves have a new place to go to find work. Some say it will get them off the streets, but others aren't so sure about the new center.

For anyone who lives out here in Loxahatchee Groves, it's no surprise to find people asking for work on the side of the street; even though, it is illegal to do so. But, now, a new labor center is up and running at the Acts Two Worship Center. The Center aims to help these men without getting them in trouble with the law. It's called the Buena Fe Center, which in Spanish means "good faith". It's modeled after "El Sol" a similar labor center that opened two years ago in Jupiter.

At the Center, people will be able to register, filling out cards with names and phone numbers. Then, they will receive a ticket. Each day, the workers will throw their tickets into a bin and be randomly selected for work as it becomes available. It's a legal way to look for work on a day-to-day basis.

Last month, town council members in Loxahatchee Groves approved an ordinance banning laborers from soliciting work along street corners. They even hired additional sheriff's deputies to enforce the new rules.

But the New Buena Fe Center will be exempt from those rules, giving laborers a place to search for work without getting in trouble.

The Center has been able to collect $5,000 and is waiting on additional grants, so it can, hopefully, start offering English classes in the near future.