Lewis-Burnett employment Finders Inc. (L.B.E.F) is recognized a Non-Profit
Organizations with a 501 (c) 3 status leading in employment, training, and
education in the greater Little Rock area. L.B.E.F has a 20-year history that
stands in community program. The organization was started by Mrs. Darlene Lewis
in 1987 out of her home as a means to help family members and friends find
employment. L.E.F.B went on to work with young adult who was in special program
in school, and did not know how to fill out applications properly. Since then
L.B.E.F has advanced. L.B.E.F focuses on the Welfare-to-Work Program and
individuals with a criminal background L.B.E.F is an organization that reaches
out to individuals who are in need. It is our mission to encourage and help
families to better themselves. And, we will be there for them until they have
accomplished their goal. It is also our desire to operate an employment center
to help those that have special problems or limited resources. When a
individual is on probation or parole their changes of finding good employment
is hard by not impossible.
L.B.E.F provides a source of information that will assist in producing ready solutions to issues client face. L.B.E.F. success rate ranks high. In 2009 L.B.E.F served 1,999 clients. Of those served 520 secured employments. Those numbers also reflect that 32 of those clients did not have felony backgrounds.
Our Mission is to help people help themselves. We desire to bring individuals back to independent living though strict management and equip them with the tools they need to rebuild their lives.
ARIEL R FRANK ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT GAZETTE 1998. To many people, Darlene Lewis is an angel. The total service station assistant manger and former welfare recipient has helped more than 500 people find work, housed orphans and homeless teen-agers and lent her own clothing to penniless women for their job interviews. In the living room of her Little Rock home -- often the site of group scripture readings -- Lewis lectures her clients about motivation and personal hygiene, drills them in mock interviews and nags them to complete job applications. Most receive public assistance and face looming time limits; they have come to her through word of mouth after other programs have failed to place them in jobs. Lewis and her husband, James, a sausage plant worker, pay for the entire enterprise with their salaries, the help of a few friends, and occasional donations. They are $5,000 in debt, and Lewis, 44, has been battling colon cancer for seven years. But poring over a stack of bills, she vows to keep going until she physically can't. "There's always going to be somebody out there needing help," she says, resplendent in a billowy white dress. "My mother always told me you never know when your going to need their help."
Free computers put agency back on feet. LARRY AULT ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 2000. The training might be free but the lunches continue to cost as part of a fund-raising effort at a nonprofit North Little rock employment agency hit hard by a burglary over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. These aren't ordinary lunches, and times are better now that 14 computers have been donated to help Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders train people in need of computer skills as they look for jobs. During the summer the agency began selling lunches -- such as those donated by a Little Rock delicatessen, Phil's at 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. -- to raise money in an effort to overcome the burglary. Another round of meals was served Saturday at Lewis-Burnett's 1710 E. Washington Ave. headquarters in North Little Rock. Since the burglary several people, including a representative of IBM Corp., have donated computers and computer equipment to the agency, and its head, Darlene Lewis. Employment Finders lost seven computers in the burglary. The agency had no insurance to cover the loss, Lewis said, and the stolen computers were never recovered. Lewis is known for helping people who would normally be out of work and out of luck, including street people, and those who need to learn computer skills. The theft left her unable to conduct computer classes.
January 1, 2010 to January 1, 2011