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Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow started nearly 20 years ago

Janet Frasier Blumen, Founder & CEO

Janet Frasier Blumen remembers well the day she was volunteering on a Southern Nevada food bank with an Episcopal church more than two decades ago. The sight of many sad-looking people needing help was something she will never forget.

Thus, the creation of the agency Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, otherwise known as FIT. In no time, Blumen was scheduling meetings with anyone who would listen.

“The goal of FIT has always been to help people find jobs that would generate enough money for them to support their families,” explained Blumen, who will celebrate her 40th year in Las Vegas in 2017. “I started to do research and that’s where I learned that without job training or work skills, people simply couldn’t get well-paying jobs. I interviewed about 110 people including then-Nevada Senator Richard Bryan, Governor Bob Miller, then Mayor Jan Jones and Elaine Wynn, who really helped approach the problem.”

Blumen and the influential souls of Las Vegas determined that the work force was dedicated, but lacked guidance.


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