Jerome Johnson joined Fort Worth Housing Solutions this month as a Workforce Coordinator. He’s no stranger to the work being done at FWHS after serving on the local Urban Strategies Inc. team, a Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative partner.
“My roles and responsibilities include connecting our FWHS residents to employment and training opportunities, as well as coordinating with local workforce programs and community partners to promote career development and financial empowerment,” said Johnson, a Fort Worth native and Trimble Tech graduate.
Johnson, who turns 54 on Sept. 28, plans to bring a sense of empowerment to FWHS residents by connecting them with the tools and resources needed to find career paths in which they can grow and thrive.
“Having over three decades of experience in various career fields has prepared me for this role,” he said. “In addition to my experience as a Youth Career Counselor, my background in customer service, management, health insurance claims analysis and education have definitely prepared me be an asset to our FWHS residents who are in need of career development services.”
Service has always been a central component of Johnson’s life and career. He’s served as President of the Highland Hills Neighborhood Association for the past six years, was appointed to the Community Development Council by former City Council Representative Kelly Allen-Gray, and is on the Board of Directors for Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Housing Channel and City of Fort Worth Community Action Partners.
Johnson, a University of Texas at Arlington grad, founded the Lockett Family Charitable Foundation, a non-profit organization named in honor of his maternal grandparents. The organization provides winter coats for more than 100 children every year and sponsors a food pantry on the campus of C.C. Moss Elementary.
“I will serve the FWHS community with passion, compassion and integrity,” he said. “I was always taught to treat people how I want to be treated. Everyone I encounter in this role as Workforce Coordinator will be treated with respect and dignity.
“I’m passionate about helping others because I find fulfillment in community service. Although I have all the skills, attributes and qualities of a leader, I rarely refer to myself as a leader. I always refer to myself as a community servant. A true leader knows how to be an excellent servant.”